All rides start from and return to High Elms Golf Club on the 19th December.
Parking bikes – please walk to the right side of the building and then turn left following the building around. You will see a sloped area with 3 picnic tables, and a large hedge to the left, bikes can be left around the tables and on both sides of the hedge. The only place to avoid if the slope to the right of the tables as the golfers use this for their trolley’s The bikes will be safer here also can be seen from the dining room and coffee area.
Coffee will be served in the bar on the first floor from 10am. Please would all ride leaders make sure that the ride finishes back at High Elms by 12.30pm, to allow time for people to change (if they wish!) and lunch will be served at 1pm. Looking forward to seeing you all.
The club Christmas Lunch is to be held at High Elms golf club following the ride on the 19th December. The (subsidised) cost for members is £21 for a three course meal with coffee.
Guests are welcome when the cost will be £26.
Your reservation and payment can be made to by one of the following methods
- Completed booking form by hand or post to Chris Simms together with payment by cash or cheque (see details below)
- For the ‘digitally enabled’ you can book online and transfer your money directly to the club bank account (see below)
All cheques made payable to Meridian Cycling Club
Postal address for Chris: Mr C Simms, 6 Petersfield Drive, Culverstone Green, Meopham DA13 0TR
Online bank transfer to
Meridian Cycling Club
Sort Code: 09 06 66
A/C No: 43226774
Please add the reference ‘your name’ to all online transfers – or else he won’t know who it’s from!
Deadline for reservations and payment 12th November
Roasted butternut squash soup and smoked paprika croutons. (GF, V)
Classic prawn cocktail with crisp iceberg lettuce round a Marie Rose sauce.(GF)
Pork and cranberry pate, apricot & fresh ginger chutney
All starters are served with a selection of artisan breads.
Traditional roast turkey with pigs in blankets, sage & onion stuffing balls & gravy
Baked cod loin with a herb crust & lemon scented crushed new potatoes with a fresh thyme and tomato coulis. (GF)
Beef topside cooked in grain mustard & horseradish glaze
Baked mushroom, cranberry & brie Wellington, served with a tarragon & white wine sauce (V)
All mains served with roasted potatoes, carrot batons, Brussel sprouts and braised red cabbage
Traditional Christmas pudding with warm brandy sauce
White chocolate raspberry cheesecake served with white chocolate chip ice cream
Gluten free chocolate caramel torte & clotted cream ice-cream (GF)
Dordrecht, Mon 10th to Mon 17th June
Heather and Barry (contact data see below) are organising a club trip for next June 2019. They are proposing to go to Holland via Harwich and stay in Dordrecht for five nights.
33 people have signed up so far see FAQ for details
We will leave for Harwich on Monday 10th June (see travel options below) in order to board the ferry about 20:00 for a departure at 23:00. We propose a group dinner on the ferry at about 20:30. There will be no need for overnight accommodation as we will be spending the night on the ferry. (see ferry prices and details below).
We will arrive in Hook of Holland at 08:00 on the Tuesday morning with breakfast included and have a very easy (34 miles direct) ride to the Hotel Stayok . We stay at the hotel for five nights.
We leave on Sunday morning to ride the Hook of Holland. We board at about 19:00 hours to depart at 22:00 hours. Once again we propose a group dinner on the ferry. We arrive in Harwich at 06:30 on the Monday morning where having had breakfast, we set off for home.
The rooms are all four bedded, but the rates per room for single double and triple occupancy are shown below. If four people get together to share then it will be slightly less.
These rates include breakfast and evening dinner each day.
The holiday is officially closed now. However, if anyone is interested, The group ticket for the ferry does not have to be sorted out until the end of the year so you can easily join this part of the holiday. You will have to sort out your own accommodation as we no longer have rooms on hold at the Stayok hotel. If you talk to Heather, she may be able to help.
If possible send your 25% deposit to the club account club account
Sort Code: 09 06 66 Account No. 43226774. With relevant reference
If this is not possible then you can send a cheque to Chris Simms
6 Petersfield Drive, Culverstone Green, Meopham, Kent, DA13 0TR.
||No. of rooms
|11 – 16 June 2019 5 nights rate pp
||22 rooms booked
|Non-refundable Deposit 25% pp
Ferry Price – Return (confirmed) £52
|Harwich to Hook of Holland 10 June 2300
||Hook of Holland to Harwich 16 June 2200
|2 berth inside cabin £47.00
||2 berth inside cabin £47.00
|2 berth outside cabin £55.00
||2 berth outside cabin £55.00
|4 berth outside cabin £80.00
||4 berth outside cabin £80.00
|Single inside £35.00
||Single inside £35.00
|Single outside £47.00
||Single outside £47.00
Travelling to and from Harwich
There are several options:-
- Cycle via Gravesend – Tilbury ferry about 85 miles of fairly easy cycling. You have all day to do it
- Cycle to Shenfield station via Gravesend – Tilbury ferry about 30 miles. Catch train to Manningtree about £20 and cycle from Manning tree to Harwich about 11 miles or catch another train.
- Go by train all the way into London then out again about £60.
- Drive to Harwich. Parking at ferry quay is about £8 per day.
- If you are intending to take the car all the way, then maybe it would be better to go to Dover – Calais/Dunkerque.
- The train that goes from Shenfield leaves from Liverpool street and calls at Stratford, so either of these stations would be an alternative.
For Additional Information see Holland FAQs
Contact data for Barry and Heather (Member nos 1 & 123) via the web site – click here