Christmas Dinner – Wed 13th Dec

Bookings now being taken

The 2017 Meridian Christmas Dinner will be at midday on 13th December at the Darenth Valley Shoreham Golf Club in Shoreham. There will be a three course meal; musical entertainment will be provided.

The cost is £22.00 for club members and £27.00 for non-members , guests are most welcome.

Bookings are now being taken; the deadline for bookings and payment is Monday 27th November.

 

Please see the menu for further details

First Aid: Wed 29th Nov

Wed 29th November at 7pm

The venue for the session is The Cricket Pavilion, High Street, Wrotham, TN15 7AH,  with a prompt 7.30pm start (the hall will be open from 7pm).

The session will include cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) & using automated external defibrillation (AED) plus emergency first aid.

Please can you let Heather know if you would like to attend, ideally by 18th November, as she needs to let the trainers know the numbers.

There is no charge for this event – it is for the benefit of yourself and your fellow riders.

Ken Legge Memorial Ride: Wed 18th Oct

Legge Ken

The memorial ride for Ken Legge will take place on Wednesday 18th October when all groups meet for coffee at Coolings Rushmore Hill. The ride will move off at 11.00 as usual and the leader will be Dave Burfoot who will take us on a route to one of Ken’s favourite pubs – the George and Dragon at Wrotham. It would be helpful if those planning to ride informed Dave as the pub will want to know the approximate numbers.

 

Those wanting a longer ride could easily divert from Wrotham to, for example, Trottiscliffe or East/West Malling.

Steve

West Kent CtC Barn Dance

There will be no Meridian Barn Dance this year, instead we are invited to attend the dance being organised by West Kent CtC. Details are as follows

  • Pratts Bottom Village Hall. Fri 17th Nov . 7.30 for 7.45
  • Tickets £8 – contact Peter Woods
  • Live Band: Skinners Rats
  • Bring your own drinks, glass and nibbles.

Shoreham Evening Walk

 Fri 14th July: Shoreham Evening Walk

There will be an evening walk around Shoreham on Friday 14th July. Meet in The Crown public house car park at 5.30 for a prompt start. The walk will be about 4/5 miles in length and we can have refreshments in the pub afterwards.
Please let me know if you are coming via the Blog or by e-mailing me on birkins78@gmail.com

Mountain Bike Orienteering

Sat 22nd July; Cobham

Organised by  Dartford Orienteering Klubb. In addition to cycling, Dave Collier is a regular participant in local orienteering events. His club is arranging a one-off ‘Mountain Bike Orienteering’ event; it is a ‘fun event’ open to families and cyclists of all ages and abilities. Meridian members will be particularly interested to note that OAPs can enter for the reduced rate of £5.

I am tempted to participate on my electric bike; it would be good to see some familiar faces. For further details see the following page.

Rouen: 2018

Important Information

All,

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

 

 

Do not book anything yet as this is still work in  progress – I will let you know when it is a firm proposal

 

OUTBOUND

The ferry will be leaving Newhaven at 09:00 Monday 11th June. (To be confirmed when new timetables come out) We will need to meet in the dock at 07:30 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.

RETURN

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. (To be confirmed when new timetables come out).

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.

HOTELS Rouen

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!!

A Group

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

 

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SCOTTISH BORDERS HOLIDAY: DUMFRIES

DUMFRIES HOLIDAY Sunday 25th June to Sunday 2nd Jul

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If youscotlandr holiday diary is not full why not join the group of 10 who have already booked for a interesting week’s cycling round the Dumfries area of the Scottish Borders. We have a selection of rides to Gretna, Anna, Castle Douglas & Forest of Ae. We are,also hoping to take a train to Kirkconnel 180 metres above sea level for a down hill cycle to return to Dumfries almost at sea level.

At the hotel there is a swimming pool and gym free to guests.

Any queries please talk to Mike and Rosemary Wakefield, contact carassisted@meridiancyclingclub.co.uk

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  • DATE; Sunday 25th June to Sunday 2rd July
  • HOTEL: Cairndale Hotel and Leisure Club Dumfries
  • TARIFF: Twin/Double £455; Triple £420 Single £595 This for 7 nights per person to include Full Scottish Breakfast and 4 Course Table d’Hote Dinner.
  • LEISURE FACILITIES; Free use of indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gym plus WiFi
  • BIKE STORAGE; Overnight in hotel.
  • CAR PARKING; Hotel Car Park
  • RAILWAY STATION; 5 minute walk
  • CYCLE RIDES Approx. 40 miles but not quite as hilly as the rides on the Denholm holiday The local trains or our cars may be used for 1 or 2 of the rides.
  • RIDE LEADERS; Rides to be for B and B+.
  • A RIDERS If any A riders are interested in joining us we will help them to organise suitable longer rides.

So far we have had an expression of interest in this holiday from 16 members. Please will members wishing to come confirm by the date of the AGM 9th Nov. and providing we have an viable number we will ask you to book direct with the hotel and pay a £25 non refundable deposit.As there are a number of non cycling partners interested in coming here are some suggestions for activities/places of interest.

  • For those interested in walking please look at WALKHIGHLANDS DUMFRIES AND THORNHILL
  • For history visits in Dumfries may be made to Robert Burns House and Museum, Dumfries Museum and camera obscura in a tower.
  • Trains from Dumfries go to Annan and Gretna Green – big shopping centre here but you could find somebody to marry in the Blacksmith`s Shop now open as a museum.
  • Castles galore – Drumlanrig, Threave ( house castle and gardens) Sweetheart Abbey and Caerlaverock Castle a refreshment stop on one of the cycle rides.
  • If you wish to come on the holiday please reply to Rosemary or Mike Wakefield at carassisted@meridiancyclingclub.co.uk

Dartford Crossing by Bike

In recent months the procedure relating to cyclists wishing to use the Dartford Crossing has changed, the current procedure is shown below.

Cyclists are prohibited from using the A282 Dartford – Thurrock River Crossing, however there is a free-of-charge service to cyclists who wish to cross the river between Essex and Kent.

This service is available 7 days a week at specified times only.

These are
3am – 9am
10.30 – 2pm
3pm – 9pm
10.30 – 2am

This is a Free of Charge service to cyclists who wish to cross the QEII Bridge or use the Dartford Tunnel to travel between Kent and Essex.

Please report to the Essex Point (accessed via the dedicated cycleway adjacent to the M25/A282 clockwise Junction 31 entry slip road), or to
Kent Point (accessed from Crossing Offices roundabout, south orbital road DA1 5PR)

On arriving at either of these points use the yellow phone to request a pick-up. A suitably equipped vehicle will arrive to transport you, and your cycle, through the crossing.

CTC Photographic Exhibition. Sat 4th March

West Kent 75th Photographic Exhibition at Methodist Church Hall, Otford on Saturday 4 March.

We open at 5.30pm for viewing with the Presentation of awards and talk from 7pm. The illustrated talk ”Adventures & Discoveries in Scotland” is presented by our own Meridian member Mike Wakefield, who has travelled widely in Scotland and who is organising another holiday for us in Dumfries from 25 June to 2 July.

Many of you will seen the details on the flyer, that I have been distributing at coffee meetings. 96 photos will be on display including 23 A4 prints. The judge is Keith Evans FRPS. The digital images will be projected with commentary after the talk and refreshments.

I, (or Peter Scott), have tickets at £5, or pay £5.50 on the door. I will see you on the 1st March as I will be in Scotland next week! You may order ticket on the Blog or email me : peterhwoods@msn.com

Peter Woods