Whats App Groups


Whilst ‘The Blog’ will remain the main means of communication on matters relevant to the whole club, we believe that there is room for ‘WhatsApp Groups’ on matters of interest to discrete sections of the club. For some time WhatsApp Groups has been used by the Prems and, more recently, within the Saturday As.

There are now 4 active groups within the Meridian Umbrella.
–  Meridian P’s  (Coordinator Peter Gray)
–  Meridian Saturday A Ride  (Coordinator Chris Simms)
–  Meridian Sevenoaks (Coordinator Ken)
–  Meridian Rouen (Coordinator Barry)

If these groups are successful then other groups could well be created, such as
– Meridian Bs
– Meridian Cs
– Meridian Sale & Wntd

What is WhatsApp?

An App available on Apple and Android Smart phones. It is not used on desktop PCs. It less formal, and easier to use than emails; it is has more features and less limitations than text messages (SMS). Messages can be sent to individuals or groups of individuals (within a WhatsApp Group). For normal messages it has the advantage of confirming that the recipient has both received and viewed the message.
To use WhatsApp you phone needs access to the internet using WiFi or Data Roaming.

How do I Join a WhatsApp Group?

1. You need to have a SmartPhone on which you have loaded the WhatsApp app.
2. If an existing group is relevant to your interests, then it is likely that you will be invited to join by the group’s administrator – problem solved.
3. If there is a group that you are interested in, and are not a member, then contact the group’s coordinator giving them your mobile number and they will arrange for you to be a member.

When to use WhatsApp

When there is an issue specific to that group (eg the Sat As don’t have a leader), or news only relevant to say the Rouen trip.

When not to use WhatsApp (Use The Blog Instead)

News that is relevant to the whole club eg
– Social Events
– Weekly ride reports including members riding and good/bad reports on the pub used.
– News items of general interest.

I’m getting tired of my phone ‘Pinging’

Within WhatsApp, go to Settings in top RH corner of screen, select Notifications and switch off ‘Conversation Tones’

Any other drawbacks?

Yes – you are in effect giving out your mobile number to other members of the group – you may not want this to happen, in which case delete your name from the group.
Yes – To participate you need a smartphone carrying the WhatsApp app; a significant proportion of members do not so enabled

I would like to volunteer to Coordinate a new Group.

Contact Barry or Ken

Role of the Group Coordinator

The person responsible for setting up the group and sending out invitations to join. They will also monitor entries and intervene if there is any ‘unsuitable’ content or postings that would be best placed on ‘The Blog’.

I Never Wanted to Join the Group in the first place – I WANT OUT!

Go to the group on your phone, Go to the 3 dots in top RH corner, select Group Info, go to the bottom of the screen and select ‘Exit Group’

Report Re: Darenth Valley Golf Club

Steve’s Chat with the Golf Club

I’ve had a long conversation with the owner of Darenth Valley Golf Club to discuss the “issues” we have with them.  At first we discussed the cleats issue and initially he was adamant that we shouldn’t wear cleats in the area where we have coffee. His point was that they have a strict rule that no golfing shoes are allowed in that room.  I said that this would be unacceptable to our members and if he was insistent on this issue then perhaps we should not come on Wednesdays. He backed down and said we can wear cleats in that area as long as our shoes were not carrying any mud. I thought that this approach was reasonable. So please could riders ensure that their shoes are clean when they enter the clubhouse. 

We then got on to the issue of where we park our bikes. I said that some of our people didn’t like that attitude of some of his staff on this issue and he replied that some of us had been rude to him. He also doesn’t like the fact that we ride our bikes on the narrow pedestrian paved area leading to the golfers entrance to the clubhouse and he regards this as a potential danger conflicting with golfers and their trolleys. I accepted this view but said that the small compound he had previously earmarked for our bikes was too small and that another area should be found. We then went outside and agreed that the best area was the gravelled area inside the picket fencing. This is a large area leading to the steps at the main entrance and we can lean our bikes against the fencing within that area. He requested that we should dismount at the bollards at the entrance to this area, park our bikes and walk to the entrance that we normally use. This seems a workable solution and I ask that all our members comply with this. We next meet at Shoreham on Wednesday 17th January.  If riders from other clubs continue to park in the forbidden areas (as happened last Saturday,) we should still park our bikes in the agreed area.
We both thought that it would have been better if we’d had this conversation about a year ago. 

A New ‘Intermediate’ B Riding Group

Important Changes to B+ and B rides

For some time there has been concern expressed at the size of these respective groups. The issues are that at times the groups are too large (causing problem with other traffic) and that the range of ability within each group is too great (causing riders to have difficulty staying with the group or that the speed is too low).

Having considered the options the committee have decided to introduce an additional B group for a trial period beginning in January. The new group will provisionally be known as the Intermediate B (BI) and in terms of speed and distance sit between the existing B+ and B groups. The destination points for the BI and B groups will remain the same during the trial period. The BI group will be co-ordinated by Mike Wakefield.

Riders who currently feel that the current B pace is too slow or the B+ pace too quick should consider giving the new group a try as it may suit them and also deal with the issue of overly large groups.

The intention is for the trial to be monitored for 3 months. If it is successful consideration will be given to making it a permanent fixture and for the whole issue of group designations to be reviewed.

It is important for the club to have sufficient groups to cover the range of abilities we have but equally it is members need to recognise their abilities on a week by week basis and ride with an appropriate group.

Should you have any comments on the matter during the trial period please forward them to Paul Godfrey the Runs Co-ordinator.

Rouen: 2018

Important Information


The Club is planning a trip to France (Rouen) from 10th June to 15th June 2018. This is slightly longer than usual to accommodate the longer ferry trip.

If you are interested:-  Click here



Hooray, DFDS have now confirmed our ferry and I will need £33 from each of you. This is a commitment to the holiday and although it may be possible to get a refund up to 30 days before sailing, it cannot be guaranteed.




The ferry will be leaving Newhaven at 09:00 Monday 11th June.  We will need to meet in the dock at 07:15 to be sure of sorting everything out.

I do not think it will be possible to arrive on time if you get a train on the Monday morning especially as the trains to Newhaven require a change somewhere. There is a Premier Inn at Newhaven and I suggest we all stay there for the night before.

The ferry will be arriving in Dieppe at 14:00.  It is just over 40 miles from Dieppe to Rouen, and fairly flat, so it is quite doable by all riders.

If anybody does not feel up to the ride there is an excellent train service from Dieppe to Rouen (about 12 Euros) every half hour.


The return ferry leaves Dieppe on Friday 15th June at 12:30 (check in closes at 10:15) and arrives in Newhaven at 15:30. 

We will need to spend the Thursday night in Dieppe in order to catch this ferry.

This means you will be able to get a train home at a sensible time or if you are feeling fit you could cycle home.

The ride from Newhaven to Sevenoaks is only about 45 miles so quite reasonable.


There are many hotels in Rouen. I recommend the

IBIS at Rouen Centre Rive Gauche Saint Sever Hotel link to website

Also there is Ibis budget Rouen Centre Rive Gauche nearby link to website

As in previous years you will be responsible for booking your own hotel accommodation and organising any sharing you may wish to do. There is a system on the web site for notifying who you intend to share with to help those looking for sharing partners. Click here

Hotels Dieppe

There are several suitable hotels in Dieppe all fairly close together:-

ibis Dieppe Val Druel Hotel   link to website  

Hotel F1   link to website

Balladins  link to website

B&B Hotel DIEPPE  link to website

Sun 10th June: B Ride to Newhaven

Sun 10th June: A  ride to Newhaven

Group Rides and Leaders
Routes and leaders are subject to update/amendment as we approach our date of departure!!

Ride from Dieppe to Rouen (40 miles suitable for all groups)  ride

A Group

57 mile ride using bridge and 4 ferries Max. climb 15%!!!  ride
76 miles mostly flat ride
70 miles a bit challenging  ride

B+ Group

B Group

C Group

Ride Ideas around Rouen
Ideas for consideration


Members attending the ride.   Click here

Contact Barry at  reply  to this mail  ID=1

Two documents supplied by the ferry company for information.
DOV-GD-032 Cyclist Group Leader Safety Instructions – Rev004
Bicycle Leaflet