South West London DA: Sou' Wester Archive
Sou'Wester January/February 2007

As previously announced, Clive Oxx ceased to edit the Sou'Wester after the last issue. The DA's thanks are due to Clive for providing a steady stream of news and reports since early 1998. It was Clive who introduced the regular 'profile' features and 'Heard on our Rides'. A valuable contribution to the life of the DA. In the absence of a new editor I have used articles which Clive had on file including part 1 of Ann Bath's account of her first 24 hour time trial. We offer, too, other reports and snippets. If you have an ambition to become editor - or give it a trial - please volunteer! Will we meet our new editor at the AGM?

Birthday Rides, Dumfries 2006
Thursday's C route was very pleasant with very few undulations. 11's was at Drummuir Ice Cream café where we saw the cows that produced the milk to make the delicious assortment of ice cream. A native asked where we were going. Lynda said "Ruthwell" and he said back: "Ock! Rrrrothwell"! He mentioned a few other names which we got the gist of. Features of the ride included Ruthwell church with a stepped stile as well as gates at the entrance and a museum of the savings bank. Later we enjoyed views of the Solway Firth and the almost dry River Nith estuary. The day concluded with the birthday tea in the beautiful grounds of the The Crichton (most buildings now used by Paisley University or business park), Tom Fish being the oldest member present. A lovely ride on country roads with cows and sheep on either side and beautiful scenery. The sun was out and it was a perfect day
Route 7 from Dumfries to Castle Douglas. We stopped at the village hall where CTC Scotland had arranged with the church ladies to provide our lunch. This was tea, coffee, fruit juice, assorted rolls, crisps, cakes and fruit for the grand price of £1.50 each! "All you can eat!"
Sonia Broome and Lynda Barrow

The Golden Beeches Weekend was attended by Lisa and Pete and Carolyn Beer from the DA. 10:30am on the Saturday found over 100 enthusiastic cyclists at the Millennium Hall, Lacey Green, having tea and cakes before starting on an assortment of rides to suit all abilities, from families to long-distance riders. We chose the medium level of 47 miles with leader John and rearguard Sue. Lanes plus a section of the Phoenix Trail cycle route took us through Thame and on to lunch at Waterperry Gardens. Afterwards we negotiated the hill up to Brill Windmill for a short photo session before wending back to the headquarters for a meal of bangers and mash and bread & butter pudding, all prepared by the South Bucks DA team of helpers. A quiz followed, and, to finish, a slide show on SW Ireland presented by John Gosnell.
Sunday dawned mild and sunny and at 9:30am 10 groups, including an off road party, moved off. Our group meandered past Chequers towards 11's by the canal at Startops End. From there we followed the canal past seven locks and reservoirs into Tring, past the Walter Rothschild Zoological Museum and zig-zag on minor lanes past Lee Gate - with memories of previous C&M hostel trips - and back to Lacey Green for 2pm lunch. Still bright sunshine and then home.
Pete Mitchell

70th Anniversary
About 100 celebrated the 70th birthday of the Kingston Phoenix Road Club at a lunch held at the Hand in Hand, Boxhill on Sunday, 19th November. Founder members, Peggy Jones and Norman Redhead, cut one of the decorated cakes made by Ann Bath especially for the day (see the photos on the KPRC blog).

DA Annual Awards
Pete Mitchell will be pleased to receive all recorded mileages for the year 2006 during the first week of January. Contact him by phone or email. 48 submitted their mileage for 2005 (see the table on the DA website -
Entries for the other awards (photographs and an account of a most interesting or ambitious ride) should be given to Section secretaries by the end of January.
Anyone holding trophies from last year should return them to Jake Dodd, again by the end of January.

Kingston Phoenix Road Club
Two rides start at 10:00am every Saturday from Horton Country Park car park in Horton Lane, Epsom. Both are round trips, one on road, the other off road, usually with a cake stop near Ripley and aiming to return by 1pm. The idea is for busy people to get in a short sociable ride and hopefully attract lonesome riders from the area to join us. More details from Jake Dodd.

'Me & 'Er Meander'
Brian Starey has offered to run our Summer event from Brockham and has given us the above title. More details should appear as 2007 progresses.

New Cycle Guides
Surrey County Council have updated and reprinted their series of eight maps covering the county (and some of the surrounding areas). Copies should be available at local libraries, town halls and cycle shops or from the contact centre on 08456 009 009 (contact: C&M/KPRC members feature on the cover photograph of No.3.