South West London DA: Sou' Wester Archive
Sou'Wester September/October 2006

Editor wanted
Clive has told us that due to his recent medical problems, he needs to give up many of his voluntary jobs, one of which is editing the Sou'Wester. He has agreed to prepare the next edition but hopes that someone will volunteer at or before the DA AGM to take on the task from the January/February 2007 issue. Offers please to Pete Barnard.


In addition to the programme of Saturday afternoon rides, all day rides now take place monthly. For the second of these, Tony Hooker took fourteen riders from the group on his familiar route to Brighton. After a long coffee stop at Snow Hill and the inevitable struggle up Ditchling Beacon, they all enjoyed the dive down to Brighton and lunch at the Marina. One brave member, Stephen Cox, cycled back to his home whilst the remainder returned on the 17:15 non-stop train to East Croydon. A great effort for cyclists who do not claim to be experienced.

Cheam and Morden
Reports of C&M activities and rides are on the Section blog where you can see reports and photos of Burnham Beeches, the 'nearly 100 ride' (when Graham reported that in a day of sultry weather he totalled 103 miles) and even see inside Capel church where my angel saviour Daphne Skingle bought a special Get Well card for your Editor. Thanks, Daphne.

Midweek Wayfarers
Autumn Tour to YHA Lee Valley, 3rd and 4th September. Brian has booked for two nights at £22.50 per person on a 'small room basis'.
A Mystery Ride, suitable for all groups, is planned for 13th September when John Scott will make his debut as a leader. We hear 'he has been busy reconnoitring some delectable urban routes'. The ride will start from elevenses at the Richmond Park Café near Roehampton Gate.
It is planned to vary arrangements for next year's Annual joint lunch with the East Sussex CTC. Elevenses will be at Charlwood via a pick-up from Dorking North rail station then all will ride together to Nutley for lunch.
Wayfarers are eating well nowadays. On 13th July, fifteen led off from Claygate to lunch at The Old Plough at Stoke D'Abernon, arranged by Tom Fish. A few had ordered their lunches when two large trays of excellent sandwiches appeared. Intended for ten the cost was £30. This was judged to be a bargain. The special occasion was Roger Mitchell's birthday.

Nothing to report!

Mystery Word Hunt
Five entrants (two from this DA and two from South Bucks) rode the 50 mile route and solved almost all the clues. Jean Currie and Mike Waite were declared first equal with the others close behind. Special mention should be made of Peter Hardisty who discovered the event on the CTC website.
Two local family groups enjoyed finding the clues around Brockham on the 5 mile Word Hunt.
Dieppe Raid Weekend
There was a big representation of Sou'Westers (or Sou'Wetters?) at the Dieppe Weekend. Their report reads: 15 intrepid raiders finished wet through to claim our customary prize (second largest team). For some, our assumed 90 km ride turned out to be their longest ever ride at 120 km or 76 miles. It was not easy in rain and drizzle all the way so the results were a terrific achievement all round. Special congratulations go to our seven ladies, to debutant Nigel and to our Eric who was to be the oldest ever event finisher. Not to be overlooked was fast finishing Ray Dare, the first Wayfarer 'A' Group regular to achieve octogenarian status. Happy birthday Ray. Reported by Lynda Barrow.
Wandle Valley Festival
More than fifty people cycled along the Wandle Trail to meet Sutton's Mayor at Grove Park and to enjoy free lunch at Morden Hall Park. Beginners/Wayfarers members Helga and Lynda continued north to Wandsworth joining in, on the way, the official opening, by Merton's Mayor, of the Viewing Platform where the River Graveney meets the River Wandle on Mead Path. Here, its designer, artist Andrew Sabin, spoke about the concept which was to encourage pedestrians and cyclists to stop and admire the view. This is one of the projects in the Wandle Trail Arts programme.
Wayfarers in Herefordshire
A select group of Wayfarers Liz, Lynda, Terry and Norman accepted Steve Bott's invitation to his home in the Herefordshire countryside. They stayed at the B&B at Munsley Acre only 4 miles from Steve who led them on pleasant rides on two of the days. The return ride through the dark country lanes after a fun BBQ evening was: "Frightening, and we were especially worried by a large camion driven by a Frenchman lost in the lanes who stopped to ask for directions desperately waving a delivery note in the darkness and looking like a mad axeman. With difficulty we found our way arriving back at 1:30am to the B&B. What did we find outside? The huge lorry (camion), its mad axeman driver and our B&B lady, looking very worried at our late return." Lynda's report.
Nesles tourists
Belated news was received from the Nesles tourists of a great time with excellent weather on each of the three days. However on their return it reverted to gales over the Channel.

Heard on our Rides:
Fuzz Edwards was overheard at the Midweek tea stop. "My recovery programme has embraced three rides, The Wandle Festival where I got a free lunch, the London Gardens Ride where I got a free drink and the West End Ride where I got to see three hundred nudist riders. The last was the most beneficial."

Kingston Phoenix Success
Jake Dodd tells me that the racing programme for Kingston Phoenix Road Club is in full swing. The KPRC Saturday rides continue to attract good attendances. Road rides (at moderate pace) and MTB rides (going out to locations such as Bockett's Farm and Stoke D'Abernon) start at Horton Country Park at 10am every Saturday morning. Jake recommends the rides as good additional opportunities for Beginners and Midweekers looking to advance.

News of People
Mark Roy reported on 6th July on his End to End for charity: "I did it. Not all of it but my bit of two stages. From Welsh Bicknor to Clun (58.5 miles) and Clun to Chester (69 miles). Well I can tell you all that this is my last ride like this for this life. I enjoy your company and that is good enough for me. Thanks for sponsoring me. The total is now £2,400".
Mike Morley was instructed not to cycle or drive his car for six to eight weeks at Epsom A & E when he was 'taken out' by a speeding golden labrador chasing Freddie which Mike was exercising on Walton Heath. Thankfully, no broken bones, but - "avoid dogs" says Mike.
It was good to see Geoff Clarke in fine fettle at Addlestone on 19th July following reports his sight problems could restrict his cycling.
Best wishes to Bill Stead who sustained bad cuts from a broken wing mirror.
Message from Bernard "I'm out, home from four weeks isolation at Kings after my bone marrow transplant. All the standard symptoms but I will recover. I'll be back on my bike asap". (Bernard has already ridden 20 miles).
Pete Mitchell is celebrating passing the milestone of 500,000 miles earlier this year and is also pleased with the certificate from CTC HQ recognising his fifty years of membership.
Congratulations to Ron & Doreen Powney who celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary recently at the Hand in Hand, Boxhill.

Heard on Radio 4 'In Parliament'
"The government's policies on health for children have failed over the last 20 years. The trouble is that the play station has become more popular than the bicycle."

Wandle Valley Country Park
A DVD Film has been produced by Groundwork Merton to promote their proposals for the development of a Country Park on the Beddington sewage and farmlands. It should provide new opportunities for cycling in a park which could be 3½ times the size of Hyde Park and represent the biggest proposal for an urban Park in Europe. Clive Oxx and Sutton Cycling Club appear in this film which is for adult and youth groups. Borrow it from Clive.

Cycle Hire Service
We have heard of a new service at Battersea: Cycle Hire 'Go Pedal'. Tel: 07850 796320