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  1. Steve Birkin

    A1 riders – I might struggle to make the start tomorrow as my battered car (beware of Russians ramming you from the side at the Sainsbury’s roundabout at Otford) is due to be taken away at 10.00. I’ll try to make it to the pub Hodsell St which has been informed that we’re coming.

  2. Paul Godfrey

    B2 riders apologies but due to a short notice change in plans I will not be able to ride tomorrow. If anyone is prepared to lead I have put my proposed route on the runs list

  3. Neil Kerrison

    Romney Marsh Train/Bus/Car assisted ride from Rye Railway Station in Sussex
    10am Wednesday 22nd August 2018

    Following the unexpected axing of this long-standing, flatest B2 paced Meridian ride, which for the last ten years ran in mid-June, by popular request of the members I have been asked to lead this ride again on Wednesday 22nd August 2018.

    Whilst the ride will not enjoy the glorious smells and colours of the early Summer red and orange wild poppies along the route, the gastronomic elements of the ride will be retained ie dressed crabs purchased in Rye will be consumed with Chablis Grand Cru wine at the unique railway station at Dungeness, followed later by a meal stop at The Woolpack Inn near Brookland, terminating with teas and cakes in Rye.

    The ride will leave Rye Railway Station at 10am sharp heading out into Romney Marsh towards Camber Sands, Lydd, Dungeness, Greatstone, Littlestone, New Romney, Brookland, Snargate, Appledore Heath, Stone-in-Oxney, down Knock Hill to the Royal Military canal and back to Rye.

    The meeting place will be outside Rye Railway Station at 10am; car parking is available in the Town & Market car park next to the Railway Car Park; do NOT use the Railway Car Park.

    Meridian members are welcome to join me in the resurrection of this previously very popular ride.

  4. Diana Outram

    Re the Rye Ride on Wednesday a train leaves Sevenoaks at 8.13 and arrives Ashford 9.00 (platform 5) and leaves Ashford at 9.24 (platform1) to arrive at Rye at 9.45 with time for coffee at the station cafe.

  5. Ken Dean Post author

    Free Bike!

    My wife’s old Halfords bike is no longer required. Free of charge, collection from Sevenoaks. This is not a lightweight bike.
    Not seen much use, in good working order but needs a wash/clean.

  6. Paul Godfrey

    Great ride on the Cuckoo Trail to Eastbourne for the air show. Excellent weather and although the show itself was not as good as previous years it was saved by the Red Arrows. Joining me were Mike & Rosemary, Heather and Trevor, Linda, Dave Parker and Paul Jnr.

    • Neil Kerrison

      Paul,

      I agree with you, however the 16.37pm acrobatics from the new Lightning bomber was spectacular and ear shattering although not as good as the now defunct Vulcan bomber.

  7. Rick Green

    Hi A2s. Leaders are needed for the remainder of this quarter, starting with Old Oxted on the coming Wednesday. You could all find your way there blindfold, so give David Sims and Peter Pembery a rest and volunteer. Let me know and I will ring the pub for you. Looking further ahead, I will not be available from 23 August to 8 September so I leave you to your own devices.

  8. John Broadfoot

    JOHN BROADFOOT’S LAST EVER DIET !! Thank you so much to everyone who has so generously sponsored my last ever diet ! At the Rose and Crown on Wed I clocked in at 16stone 12lbs. Having started at an unbelievable 18st 4.5 lbs.- that means I have lost nearly a stone and a half – actually 20.5lbs which I have rounded down to 20lbs. So those kind people that have sponsored a £ a pound lost owe me £20. Well actually owe the Leonard Cheshire homes to whom I hope to be able to send a cheque too for over £200 soon when everyone has paid up ! Big thanks again to everyone for your kind and generous sponsorship.I plan to lose another stone before Xmas – but under my own steam this time ! Thank you all ! Over and out !

  9. Neil Kerrison

    Romney Marsh Train/Bus/Car assisted ride from Rye Railway Station in Sussex
    10am Wednesday 22nd August 2018

    Following the unexpected axing of this long-standing, flatest B2 paced Meridian ride, which for the last ten years ran in mid-June, by popular request of the members I have been asked to lead this ride again on Wednesday 22nd August 2018.

    Whilst the ride will not enjoy the glorious smells and colours of the early Summer red and orange wild poppies along the route, the gastronomic elements of the ride will be retained ie dressed crabs purchased in Rye will be consumed with Chablis Grand Cru wine at the unique railway station at Dungeness, followed later by a meal stop at The Woolpack Inn near Brookland, terminating with teas and cakes in Rye.

    The ride will leave Rye Railway Station at 10am sharp heading out into Romney Marsh towards Camber Sands, Lydd, Dungeness, Greatstone, Littlestone, New Romney, Brookland, Snargate, Appledore Heath, Stone-in-Oxney, down Knock Hill to the Royal Military canal and back to Rye.

    The meeting place will be outside Rye Railway Station at 10am; car parking is available in the Town & Market car park next to the Railway Car Park; do NOT use the Railway Car Park.

    Meridian members are welcome to join me in the resurection of this previously very popular ride.

  10. Paul Dean

    Wednesday 15 August B1 Car/Train Assisted Ride from Canterbury. We routed via Ickham and Wingham onto the Isle of Thanet. Lunch at Minnis Bay (quick service at The Waves cafe) and then along the sea wall path to Whistable for tea and cake. Crab&Winkle Trail back to Canterbury. A round trip of some 40 miles at an average speed of 10.6 mph. the riders were Danny G, Heather S, Paul McA, Mike&Rosemary W and myself.

  11. Heather Sim

    Final Reminder for Meridian Trip to Holland. Sorry to bother you all again but I have to give the hotel the final room numbers with deposit by Friday evening (17th August). Currently they have blocked all their available rooms 29 and so far we have 35 people in 21rooms, so if you would like to guarantee a room please let me know by tomorrow evening. We people from A1, A2, B1 & B2 groups also a non rider. The cancellation terms for the hotel are available on our website; the ferry will not need to be booked for some time – next years prices are not yet available but expected to be fairly similar to this years – which are displayed on our site.

  12. Barry Barlow

    On Monday 3rd September, weather permitting, I intend to do a recce to the pub I have chosen for the stop on the way to Harwich next June.
    The pub is the Anchor at Danbury http://www.theanchordanbury.co.uk/index
    The route is https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28357935
    I intend to meet at Gravesend Pier at 09:45 in order to catch the 10:05 ferry.
    As you can see from the route, the ride is about 28 miles from the ferry. I will be riding at A pace intending to lunch at 13:00hours.
    Please let me know if you are coming so I can notify the pub and gather you all up at the ferry.

  13. Paul Godfrey

    Eastbourne airshow ride on Friday – The weather looks OK so meet at the head of the Cuckoo trail in Newnham Way, Heathfield for a 10 o’clock start. Parking is available in the adjacent car park TN21 8DA, a further car park is in Mill Lane TN21 0XD, or there is on street parking in the vicinity. Intending to leave Eastabourne around 3.30 for the ride back. You can contact me on 07910 258134.

  14. Paul Godfrey

    B2 ride from Canterbury very a pleasant ride through the villages to Minnis Bay was enjoyed by Linda, Eric O’Connor, Derek, Di, Ken Dean (who had problems decided who to ride with) and myself. On the ride back we were joined by Paul McAteer and riding into the headwind to Whitstable where Derek left us.

  15. Roy Marks

    Hi Dave,
    Where did I disappear to after crossing the new Mudway Bridge. Well as I got to top of the hill near Church rd my rear mech hanger sheared and I stopped before it went into rear wheel. Bike shop currently claiming a new one from Shimarno under the warranty. Hopefully sorted for next Wednesday’s ride.

  16. Cathy Sharman

    A small select group left the Rose and Crown for the Bush Blackbird and Thrush via pligrims way Ightham, Basted Hill, Matthews lane. Very good ham bagette,
    We were Cathy, John B, David M Gary and Joe.
    Thanks for your company

  17. Dave Collier

    As there was no leader allocated for the B2s today, I volunteered to lead the small group to the Bush, Blackbird and Thrush. The riders were: Valerie, Paul H, Emrys, Tony(a fairly new member) and myself. After weaving through the back streets of Sevenoaks, we cycled through Knole Park and then via Underriver and Shipbourne to Hadlow and through the lanes to the pub where we met the B1s for a pleasant lunch.

  18. David Sims

    We’d 15th, A2 ride report, Present, Tony Beaumont, Peter Boden, Roy Marks, Steve Daniels, Peter Pembery, Peter Jones, Ray J, Pleasant ride, nice flat route for a change, Peters Bridge, via Wrotham and Ryarsh, through to the bottom of Bluebell Hill, wriggled through the lanes to Aylesford, then Allington lock returning the back way, off-road, through the fruit farm to East Malling, Thank you to Tony for covering the corners so the group could keep riding and not stopping all the time, he even held the gate open for everybody at St Clere estate.
    Just two burning question where did Roy Marks go? and will Peter Gray repair the inoperable front derailleur changer on Rosie’s bike

  19. Bob Hazell

    The government consultation on dangerous cycling has been in the media recently. CTC/CyclingUK are launching an online action to call for a wider review of traffic law. In the meantime they sent me the following stats if they’re useful to anyone, eg if they want to respond to the consultation directly rather than via CTC or another cycling body. The stats are for 2016:
    No of pedestrians who died following a collision with a motor vehicle: 444.
    No of convictions for causing death by dangerous driving: 157 (2017: 191).
    No of convictions for causing death by careless driving: 225 (2017: 189).
    No of pedestrians who died following a collision with a cyclist: 3
    Data is not held on which party is at fault in road traffic accidents.
    No of cyclists killed in collisions with motor vehicles: 88

  20. Neil Kerrison

    Romney Marsh Train/Bus/Car assisted ride from Rye Railway Station, Sussex
    10am Wednesday 22nd August 2018

    Following the unexpected axing of this long-standing, flatest B2 paced Meridian ride, which for the last ten years ran in mid-June, by popular request of the members I have been asked to lead this ride again on Wednesday 22nd August 2018.

    Whilst the ride will not enjoy the glorious smells and colours of the early Summer red and orange wild poppies along the route, the gastronomic elements of the ride will be retained ie dressed crabs purchased in Rye will be consumed with Chablis Grand Cru wine at the unique railway station at Dungeness, followed later by a meal stop at The Woolpack Inn near Brookland, terminating with teas and cakes in Rye.

    The ride will leave Rye Railway Station at 10am sharp heading out into Romney Marsh towards Camber Sands, Lydd, Dungeness, Greatstone, Littlestone, New Romney, Brookland, Snargate, Appledore Heath, Stone-in-Oxney, down Knock Hill to the Royal Military canal and back to Rye.

    The meeting place will be outside Rye Railway Station at 10am; car parking is available in the Town & Market car park next to the Railway Car Park; do NOT use the Railway Car Park.

    Meridian members are welcome to join me in the resurection of this previously very popular ride.

  21. Paul Dean

    Wednesday 15 August Car/Train Assisted B1 and B2 Ride. Meet at Carluccio’s by St Georges Roundabout leaving at 11.00. There are direct trains from Bromley South at 09.05 and 09.27 arriving 10.21 and 10.39 at Canterbury East (short ride on city walls to meeting point). There is a direct train from Sevenoaks at 08.49 arriving 09.53 at Canterbury West. There is parking at the Wincheap Park&Ride. Lunch at Minnis Bay then mainly sea wall path to Whistable and Crab&Winkle Trail (gravel/tarmac) return to Canterbury.

  22. Anthony Poore

    To those who regularly lunch at The George & Dragon Wrotham, on the 22nd August a get together of riders who when they were regulars on Sunday rides, will meet. Some will ride, some drive and some come by bus train and bike. The pub said that Tina should be available to cook for us.

  23. Paul Godfrey

    Friday 16 August – Ride the Cuckoo Trail from Heathfield to Eastbourne and watch the airshow from the beach. Meet in the car park at the head of the trail for a 10 o’clock start. There are free car parks in Heathfield at the head of the trail or in Mill Road which is a short distance away. The plan is to arrive at Eastbourne around 12 for the start of the show. I have looked at the schedule and the Red Arrows are due to display at 3 so the intention would be to ride back after that. It is very dependent on the weather and I will post an update nearer the time.

  24. Steve Birkin

    There were 8 of us air Coolings yesterday – me, Chris Simms ,Danny Eagles, Rosemary and Peter Gray, Dave Binks, Bob Craig and Roland Courtney and 4 made it to the BB Thrush at Peckham. The 27 mile route went via Knatts Valley, Ightham, Basted, Gove Hill (going down for a change) and Hadlow. Came home via Plaxtol and Ivy Hatch,

  25. John Broadfoot

    JOHN BROADFOOT’S LAST EVER DIET ! Thank you so much to everyone in Meridian who has so kindly sponsored me – your support and encouragement have helped immensely ! I will be ending my seven week diet next Wednesday the 15th August at the Rose and Crown when my final weigh in will take place, witnessed by (I hope) Cathy Sharman – who has been such a support. I started at 18 stone 4.5 lbs in June and my target is 16 stone 7lbs. All proceeds from my diet will go to Leonard Cheshire Homes – the charity of Meridian ! Thanks to Mick C already for coughing up £20 !

  26. Michael Yeo

    Wed 8th Aug B1 group:- A welcome cooler day for our ride twixt Polhill and Hever, via Shoreham Sevenoaks, Bayley’s hill, Bough Beach (ish) Wellers town and Mark Beach. Those in the group were Mike and Rosemary Wakefield, John Broadfoot, Martin (new member who’s name I’ve forgotten), Trevor and Heather Sim, Garry Whelan, David Morgan, John Thompson (a good back marker) and Jo Rop ( that’s John Ropkins, turned off at Sevenoaks so’s not entitled to a full crepitation). Thanks to David Morgan for new cycle path through Dunton Green.

  27. Martin Gill

    Today 6 Ps set off from Polhill for Dormansland. We went down Brasted hill and up Toys Hill and Ide Hill where Peter Hayes left us. We continued via Chiddingstone Hoath, Bassetts Manor and Furnace Lane. We found that the Old House At Home is now closed on Wednesdays and decided to press on to Lingfield. None of us could resist the breakfast bargains on offer at the Grehound Inn. Those completing the ride were John Baker, Richard Bingham, Peter Gray, Dave Hickman and me.

  28. David Parker

    Four set off from Polhill for the B2 ride to Hever, an enjoyable ride through Knockholt, Clackets Lane, Pains Hill through Edenbridge to The Greyhound. For this ride Peter Woods and myself were joined by Emrys Wilson and Peter Hawker on electric bikes.

  29. Paul Godfrey

    Seven set off from Shorne Country Park and enjoyed a very pleasant if breezy ride. The trip around Cliffe Pools tested bike skills in places but all was well apart from the puncture I had later in the ride. A very nice lunch stop at the tea room in Lower Stoke and ice cream on return to Shorne. Thanks to Di, Linda, Paul McAteer, Paul Hills, Brian Weekes and Pete Ham for your company.

  30. Malcolm McIntyre

    Fifteen A2 riders set off from Polhill, but only seven made it to our planned destination at the Kentish Horse, Mark Beech.
    Tony B, Peter B and Dave S made an early break-away, to make the peleton less unwieldy. Never saw them again. Nick and Mick were absorbed into a group of Bs we passed on route. Danny G, Paul D and Rosemary G jumped ship at the Hever Greyhound, due to the siren call of free beer on the brewery visit.
    Those remaining loyal to the end were; Peter P, Bob S, Steve, Ray, Roy, Paul Mac, and me. We had a fine ride, in perfect conditions, there and back.

  31. David Keith

    Nine riders set off from Sainburys, Otford, for today’s A1 ride to The Cherry Tree, Ticehurst. Early on Barry B had a problem with his headset so he headed for home and soon after Steve B left us. Chris S, Ray H, Dave B, Ron C, Danny E, Chris B and I continued there via Pembury and Wadhurst, returning via Kilndown, the outskirts of Goudhurst and Teapot Island.

  32. Clive Adams

    Hi all
    Very interested in Holland trip would there be any members wishing to share or have additional person(s) in hotel room to reduce costs Danny G & Joe ? Ray Hardinge & Mick C ? any interested members
    Happy to muck in can’t attend rides next 2 week so unable to ask around personslly
    The trip looks great
    Many thanks
    Clive Adams

  33. Diana Outram

    Re the B ride tomorrow from Shorne Country Park, a train leaves Sevenoaks at 8.52,arrives Swanley at 9.10 , leaves Swanley at 9.15 and arrives Sole Street at 9.31. It is a 3 mile ride then to Shorne Country Park.

  34. David Keith

    A reminder for A1 riders. The destination for tomorrow’s ride has changed to The Cherry Tree, Ticehurst. The start is unchanged: meet at Otford Sainsburys cafe at 09.30 for a 10.00 departure.

  35. Heather Sim

    Wednesday 8th August, optional ride to Larkins Brewery. Those who wish to visit the brewery – we will leave the pub in Hever after lunch and ride to the brewery. Following the visit options for ride home is; ride 4 miles to Tonbridge Station or return all the way by bike. Everyone is still welcome but I would like to have your name by midday on Tuesday if you would like to be included; this is so I can advise the brewery of the numbers to expect. I have the names for the following:
    Paul Dean, Clive Adams, Trevor Sim, Joe McCleneghan, Danny Gazzi, Dave Parker, Peter Woods, John Broadfoot & myself, ? John Thompson.

    • Tricia Hewlett

      Barry/Heather
      I will be away on holiday for the next couple of weeks but would like to go – up for sharing if other ladies want to share – 2, 3 or 4 even.
      Trish

  36. Heather Sim

    B1 Saturday Morning ride – 4th August. We rode from Otford Pond to Woodside Garden Centre Cafe, West Kingsdown taking a shady route on a very hot day. We returned home down Fackenden Lane – what a joy!!! The cafe was pleasant and the company great; they were: Trish (left us at Speedgate), Rosemary Grey, John Broadfoot, Trevor Sim and myself.

  37. Bob Craig

    A1 ride Sat 4 Aug. Roland Courtney, Junior Weir, Dave Binks, Danny Eagles and me set off from Lullingstone en Route to the Blue Anchor at Platt ( my choice ). Roland punctured after riding down a glass strewn Canada Farm Rd. Junior uttered those famous last words ” I never get punctures “. Just as we reached Stone Street guess who got a puncture. By the time we dug a flint out of Juniors tyre we had lost about 40 to 50 minutes of time and shortened the route to about 25 miles. Such is life. Pub good as usual.

  38. Chris Simms

    A1 Ride, Wednesday 1st August: Ten set out from Lullingstone and rode via Farningham, Southfleet and Sole Street, where David Keith left us. We also managed to lose Ray Hardinge and Mick Cleary at this point. The residue carried on to Harvel and down Birling Hill before arriving at The George, Trosley for lunch just as Ray and Mick arrived. The seven who managed the proper route were myself, Barry Barlow, Ron Castle, Dave Binks, Chris Brett, Bob Craig and new-ish member Roland Courtney. A pleasant ride in the sunshine with no punctures, mechanicals, butchery or other unpleasantness!

  39. Peter Woods

    The 8 B1s to Stansted on 1 August were John Ropkins, David Parker, Gary Whelan, Mike Yeo, Trevor Sim, Paul McAteer, myself and Clive Adams, who unfortunately had to mend a puncture on the busy A227. Mike kindly rode back down the hill and established that Trevor would stay and help and take the direct road to The Black Horse. I had missed a turning and met the A227 further south than intended! It was the only mistake I made, other than agreeing to lead a ride. Everyone accepted the busy main road without verbal complaint : that I could hear!
    The route From Lullingstone was off road to the Castle then to Farningham, Knatts Valley, Woodlands golf club, up Tinkerpot Lane, St Clare Hill road, Knock Mill lane, Terry’s Lodge road, Fairseat, A227, Hodsoll Street, up Fairseat Lane and round to the pub.
    Thank you friends for you company and patience!
    Peter

  40. Peter Gray

    1 August 2018

    Prems Ride – Hare and Hounds – Godstone

    Starting out from Lullingstone on a warm and sunny day, we headed south. Only six Prems were out today, Richard Bingham, Dave Hickman, John Baker, Martin Gill and myself. Other group members were either away on holidays or convalescing.

    A pacey and relatively flat ride led us through the lanes before reaching the short but steep climb of Tilburstow Hill and its fast descent into Godstone.
    Our lunch stop was at the Hare and Hounds. A warm welcome and still great service by the staff there, recommended!

    It was good to see Colin Kane out again, still recovering from his shoulder injury. Keep up the good work, Colin!

    A great ride guys, thanks for your company!

  41. Ken Dean Post author

    B2 Ride lullingstone to Black Horse, Stansted
    One of those days that were made for cycling, warm, sunny, gentle breeze, etc atc.
    13 happy riders set off in the direction of South Darenth, before climbing in and around the vicinity of Hartley before turning south to head for Stansted.
    Riding were Di, Trish, Eric McN, Brians Weekes and Wood, Anton, Derek H, Emrys, Dave C, Paul H, Linda K, Paul G and myself. A nice mix of B & C riders, normal and electric propulsion.
    I had an excellent 18m route planned but towards the end of the ride, whilst heading up Hartley Bottom Rd, I encountered (female) resistance when attempting to turn into the last climb. It was a battle I was never going to win, so we proceeded along the gentle incline for a pleasant lunch at the Black Horse. Nearly a perfect day!

  42. David Sims

    A2 ride 1st Aug 2018 to Carpenters Arms will forever be known as bird strike day, riding down Pilgrims Way two startled birds flew out of the hedge, one went up one went down, one hit my head, one went into Peter Bodens front wheel. Peter skilfully stayed upright as the bird stuck between forks and wheel was neatly bacon sliced with each revolution. Interesting noise, A few blood spatters up his jersey and feathers stuck to others we continued on our ride. A few rough road bits and some off road before the finale up Trevereuax hill.. We were Peter P, Danny G, Paul D, Macolm M, Ray J, Tony B, Rosemary G, Steve G, Peter B and Me. At what about the bird I here you ask it would have been nice to report that it shook its head and flew away, as it it did not have a head, sliced off you see, it was quite DEAD I’m afraid.

  43. Ken Dean Post author

    For Sale: Van Nicholas Titanium Bike/Frame
    My friend has a VN Yukon Ti bike for sale, which he has owned from new. He is 6ft tall.
    56cm frame, Campag Chorus triple chainset, 11spd, built to a high spec
    It is about 12 years old but in v good condition, current list price around £2,500
    He is expecting around £900 for the bike or £750 for frame and carbon forks.
    Available for inspection.
    Ken

  44. Heather Sim

    Larkin’s Brewery tour on 8 August. Following the planned club ride to Hever, a group will leave the pub after lunch then ride to the Brewery. There is an option to take the train from Hever (4 miles) on the return. Please let me know if would like to join us (thank you to those I already know about).

    • Malcolm McIntyre

      The A2 ride to Mark Beech will pass by the Hever Greyhound in good time for those seeking beery enlightenment to peel off and join the Bs. (I will allow time for punctures etc.) The rest of us will continue up the hill to the Kentish Horse.

  45. Chris Simms

    A Ride, Saturday 28th July: Only Dave Binks and myself at Polhill for coffee this morning. We set out on a 28 mile ride into a strong headwind, going via Hogtrough, Chartwell, Four Elms and Dormansland before arriving at Markbeech for lunch. There was a wedding party on and you could hardly see the bar so we got back on the bikes and sprinted down to the Greyhound at Hever where the atmosphere was much calmer. The usual excellent lunch and then Ide Hill beckoned.

  46. John Broadfoot

    JOHN BROADFOOT’S LAST DIET – PROGRESS REPORT ! Big thank you to everyone who has kindly sponsored me on the above. I started out mid way through June at a starting weight of 18stone 4.5 labs. I am following the 5:2 fasting diet which I would strongly recommend to everyone . My latest weight as of today is 16 stone 13.5 llbs – a total loss of 19 llbs , which I am quite pleased with and surprised. My target is 16 and a half stone – so still some 6.5 lbs to go before my end date of Mid Aug. I hope to give Cheshire Homes a nice cheque at the end of August before I go off on a long holiday. Thanks to everyone for your support and encouragement -will keep you posted . Now I have to keep the weight off though !!

  47. Roland Courtney

    Greetings – Martin Gill and I recently attended a meeting of the Sevenoaks Bicycle User Group (SBUG), which aims to achieve better provision for cycling in the Sevenoaks District. We have just set up a public Facebook page for SBUG and it would be great if Meridian members could “like” it. It can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/SevenoaksBUG (alternatively, go to Facebook and search “SevenoaksBUG”).
    The more “likes” we get the greater will be our leverage with councillors to improve on the woefully inadequate provision for cyclists in our area.

  48. Dave Collier

    Seven riders set off from Horton Kirby on Wed. for the trip over the water to Essex. They were : Ken Dean, Di Outram, Dave Parker, Mike Yeo, Paul Godfrey, Paul Hills and myself. We cycled towards Bluewater where we joined the Sustrans route 1 to Gravesend. Ken left us here to return home. At the Gravesend ferry, we were met by Brian Weekes and Paul McAteer. The Whitmore Arms at Orsett provided excellent food served very quickly. On the return ferry trip we met a Dutch couple travelling from Harwich to Poole and then on to The Channel Islands and France. It was good to chat to them. The route back from Gravesend went via many footpaths, avoiding the traffic. A good day.

  49. John Thompson

    Mike W,
    Bradly not up to our standard, and the other person was in the broom wagon clearing up the mess he always leaves whilst living off the backs of the tax payers.

  50. rosemary wakefield

    B1 ride to Frittenden. Good service at Brookside G C our coffe e stop and made very welcome at Bell & Jorrocks P H where the food was first class. A ride that must be repeated. Little traffic in the lanes after Yalding.
    Ride ended at Marden with only 5 minutes wait for a train. with me were Rosemary Heather johns R & T Petr woods David Morgan Bradley wiggins and boris Johnson.
    Mike W

  51. Barry Barlow

    Four As set out from Otford station Danny Eagles, David Binks, Ron Castle and myself. On the way to Yalding we met David Keith and at Yalding, Ray Hardinge and Chris Simms joined us of a vey pleasant ride to Whitstable. Apart from Hollingbourne Hill the ride was fairly uneventful until Ray who was gong off the front failed to take a RH turn and we lost him in spite of waiting and several abortive phone calls. never mind he turned up at the pub in Whitstable. The Peter Cushing is a very interesting Art Deco building and the beer and prices are good as it is a Wetherspoons. David Keith left us to catch the train home and Ron left us at Faversham for the same reason. Ray also left at this point, but I am not sure of his plans. The rest of us decided to ride all the way home It was hot, but not too hot for an excellent cycle ride.

  52. Peter Hawker

    All of the ‘C’s, (me and new boy Tony Ham) lounged outside the George, Trosley and greeted the ‘B’s as they arrived, led by Trish.
    While inside I left my diary on the bar and it was thoughtfully returned to me by Gary Whelan. Thanks again Gary.

  53. Tricia Hewlett

    Yesterday’s ride – guess all the B riders opted to do the alternative rides on offer or else decided it was just too hot to bother so just Gary Whelan, Emrys (who left us before the Greensand Way) & me headed off to Trottiscliffe via Chipstead, Greensand Way, Ivy Hatch, Crouch, Basted, Offham & Addington to the pub where we both opted for piping hot soup & rolls. Just the ticket.

    T

  54. Martin Gill

    Yesterday 4 Ps (Richard Bingham, Peter Gray, Dave Hickman and me) met in Otford for a ride to Whitstable. We were joined by John Baker along the Pilgrims Way and continued via west Malling, Barming and Chart Sutton to Lenham where we had a cafe stop – bacon sarnies were the order of the day. Dave turned for home while the rest of us climbed the Downs. Later on we were surprised to come across Ray Hardinge who joined us for the last few miles into Whitstable and then left us to wait for the A1s. Returning through Faversham we couldn’t resist the suggestion of another cafe stop. We were relaxing in the pedestrianised area when we saw the A1s ride by in the distance. We rode up the Doddington valley and over the Downs to Holllingbourne where we stopped at the pub for more lliquid refreshment and to refill our water bottles. We went along the Pilgrims Way and over Peters Bridge to get home. The several stops helped to make it a very enjoyable ride despite the heat.

  55. Roland Courtney

    On 25 July I led a sociable A2 ride with 10 members, from Coolings to the Spotted Dog at Penshurst, about 23 miles. After a steep descent down Hogtrough Hill to the Pilgrims Way, we took Clackets Lane to the Grasshopper Inn and then a nice climb in the shade of the trees up to Limpsfield Common. Then quiet roads to Edenbridge, across to Hever, Markbeech, Chiddingstone Hoath. Thanks to Steve Daniel and Ken Strange for fixing the one puncture we had just before lunch. Other riders were Pete Pembury, Malcolm MacIntyre, Roy Marks (left us at the Grasshopper), Rosie, Bob Stock, Dom Haslam, Paul McDonnell, Danny Gazzi. The ride back up Hubbards Hill was hot hot hot! Lunch was expensive but the views from the Spotted Dog are great. Thanks to all for helping me with my first ride leading!

  56. Neil Kerrison

    Romney Marsh Train/Bus assisted ride from Rye Railway Station, Sussex
    10am Wednesday 22nd August 2018

    Following the unexpected axing of this long-standing, flatest B2 paced Meridian ride, which for the last ten years ran in mid-June, by popular request of the members I have been asked to lead this ride again on Wednesday 22nd August 2018.

    Whilst the ride will not enjoy the glorious smells and colours of the early Summer red and orange wild poppies along the route, the gastronomic elements of the ride will be retained ie dressed crabs purchased in Rye will be consumed with Chablis Grand Cru wine at the unique railway station at Dungeness, followed later by a meal stop at The Woolpack Inn near Brookland, terminating with teas and cakes in Rye.

    The ride will leave Rye Railway Station at 10am sharp heading out into Romney Marsh towards Camber Sands, Lydd, Dungeness, Greatstone, Littlestone, New Romney, Brookland, Snargate, Appledore Heath, Stone-in-Oxney, down Knock Hill to the Royal Military canal and back to Rye.

    The meeting place will be outside Rye Railway Station at 10am; car parking is available in the Town & Market car park next to the Railway Car Park; do NOT use the Railway Car Park.

    Meridian members are welcome to join me in the resurection of this previously very popular ride.

  57. Ken Dean Post author

    Chipstead Lake

    Hello to all everyone in Meridian Cycle Club

    It was lovely to see you all last Wednesday, even though it promised to be a very hot day for cycling.
    Once again you all showed such generosity, donating £358.53 . We want to spend the money on something that all service users will enjoy. originally we had thought of something for the garden.

    We have an ongoing project to make our hilly and in winter waterlogged terrain more user friendly, with paved sitting areas and flower beds etc. However there have been many delays so we are not quite ready to buy the ‘extras’.
    To use you kind gift to benefit all the service users, Kevin Parkes the service manager and I have decided that we should use you gift to organise some weekend entertainment a winter draws in.

    Please extend our thanks to all your cyclists

    With kind regards

    Dee and all at Chipstead lake.

    Click here for more feedback

  58. Rick Green

    Roland; on behalf of the A2s, of whom I am at present an absent member, your offer is accepted. I will ring the pub and book you in. Many thanks.

  59. Roland Courtney

    Hello A2 Group – I noted that David Sims is unable to lead this Weds. I am a newbie but if nobody else is willing, I can lead a group to the Spotted Dog near Penshurst, I have been out with the A2 group before and I am very familiar with a nice 38km route via Pilgrims Way, Clacketts Lane, Pain’s Hill, Edenbridge, Markbeech. I will turn up anyway and will be prepared to lead if required.

  60. Barry Barlow

    I am still intending to ride to Whitstable this Wednesday I hope to leave teapot island at 10:15 sharp. If you intend to join the ride please let me know by text and then I will not leave until you have arrived.
    I will wait at the footpath in Otford until 8:30 anybody who wishes to can join me there. It would be good if you could let me know and then I will wait for you.

    I still intend to do the whole trip and ride home about 110 miles.
    I am not feeling particularly great today so I may change that plan.
    I don’t expect to.
    The route is on the runs list if you wish to download it.

  61. Chris Simms

    Saturday 21st July – A Ride: Three of us met at Coolings (Bob Craig, Dave Binks and myself). We rode up through Knockholt, down to Brasted (where Bob left us – wisely missing the climb up to Toys Hill), then on through Four Elms to Hildenborough and East Peckham, where we had lunch at the Man of Kent, after a fairly swift 30 miles. Lovely day for a ride again.

  62. rosemary wakefield

    B1 RIDE WEDNESDAY 25THJULY

    We will leave Otford Pond at 0930 and ride to Stone Street and then downhill via Plaxtol and Hadlow to Brookside Garden Centre for coffee continuing to Frittenden for lunch at the Bell & Jorrocks P. H. a distance of 33 miles. The ride will be on flat roads after Hadlow.

    Following lunch the ride continue to Paddock Wood for train return. Alternatively, if you wish to do miles you could ride home.
    Mike Wakefield

  63. Steve Birkin

    A1 riders please note that David Keith’s longer ride on 8th August is now going to the Cherry Tree at Ticehurst. Meet in the Sevenoaks Sainsburys Cafe(Otford Road) at 9.30 for a 10.00 start. The car assisted list has been amended to reflect this change.

    I had previously posted on the runs list an alternative “standard” ride to the Little Brown Jug but when these have been listed in the past (following a specific request) there was nil take up.

  64. Dave Collier

    Dave’s ride – Wed. July 25th – Horton Kirby to Orsett, Essex

    We will meet at my house – Forge Cottage, Millen Court, Horton Kirby, DA4 9GR at 9:20am for tea/coffee/biscuits/cake and I hope to set off shortly after 10am. Cars can be parked (free) in the car park of nearby Westminster Field.
    The ride will be at a B2 pace. All are welcome on the ride.
    We will ride to the Gravesend to Tilbury ferry and hopefully catch the 11:30 ferry. For those with a bus pass issued by KCC it’s free, £2 with a Freedom Pass, otherwise it’s £3 return.
    Lunch will be at The Whitmore Arms, Orsett. An afternoon tea stop will be at The Promenade Café, Gravesend.
    The round trip from Horton Kirby is about 40 miles, and we should be back at around 5:20pm.

    If the weather is bad and I need to cancel the ride, I will let you know on the blog on the morning of the ride.

    Dave C

  65. rosemary wakefield

    HEAVY HORSE SHOW SUNDAY 2RD SEPT at SHORHAM ron by the LIONS CLUB for charity
    On Wednesday at Chipstead I came round looking for help on the stand the club is having at the show. I had some people who were able to agreed to come for 1hr to help at the show during our pre ride coffee
    Some others said they needed to check their diary and come back to me.
    The 1hr slots which need help are 11am 1pm and 3pm
    This is a good show to come with plenty for all the family to enjoy.
    Look forward to hearing from you
    Rosemary Wakefield

  66. ronald castle

    A1 Ride from The Leonard Cheshire Home to The Greyhound at Hever. Six riders joined me on an undulating ride via Brittains Lane alongside Knole Park to Ivy Hatch, Descending past Ightam Mote then onto Hildenborough, Charcott, Chiddingstone and Mark Beech. The riders were Chris Simms, David Keith, Dave Binks, Chris Brett, Ray Hardinge and Malcolm Mcintyre. A Good lunch was had as usual in the pub garden.

    • Peter Hawker

      The ‘C’s, Anton Peploe and Peter Hawker, lunched at the very same place, but we didn’t mix. The ‘A’s in the garden, and us on the terrace. We know our place.

  67. John Broadfoot

    Saturday B riders, plus anyone else ! Wonder if you might be interested in a Prudential Ride London Free cycle on Saturday 28th July. It is a free 8 mile road closed ride around all the main iconic sites of London – Buck House, Trafalgar Sq, St Paul’s , Bank of England. There are all sorts of Festivals/music arranged around the route, lots of encouragement from spectators around the route. They have also arranged led rides up to London from many places including Bromley, Bexley , Croydon to get you to the start point. Do we fancy it fellow Meridians ? If so let me know. Will not be riding this Saturday. Website giving full details on http://www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk/events/freecycle/

  68. John Ropkins

    B1Ride from the Leonard Cheshire Home to Laddingford. After chatting to residents, a slice of cake, a cup of tea and group photographs nine of us had a very pleasant and incident free ride arriving at The Chequers pub just before 1pm. Joining me were Paul Dean, Nick Leng-Smith, Paul McAteer, Janet Stanford (our guest from Australia), John Thompson (our back marker), Rosemary and Mike Wakefield and Peter Woods. We managed to squeeze around one table in the pub garden to enjoy good food and conversation. The scrambled egg and smoked salmon was delicious! Mike kindly led us back to Seal. David, Peter and I called into the Otford Pond Cafe for more tea and cake before climbing Pole Hill. Thanks to everyone for your company.

  69. Paul Godfrey

    B2 Ride from The Leonard Cheshire Home at Chipstead, Brian Weekes, Emrys, Di, Eric O’Connor, Chris Barnett Linda Kemp, Paul Hills, Trish (who left us at Plaxtol), Dave Parker who did a great job as back marker and a guest rider joined me on the ride to Laddingford arriving shortly after the B1’s. One puncture on the return journey suffered by yours truly didn’t cause a significant delay, thanks for the company and the assistance.

  70. Pete Pembery

    No A2 leader today, so decided to try a new venue. 9 riders left Leonard Cheshire at Chipstead and headed for the Pilgrims along to Clerks lane, then up to the Ridge and through Woldingham , Woldingham girls school, down Gangers to Godstone, Blechingley,past Nutfield to Redhill Aerodrome, where we enjoyed a decent lunch at the cafe, relaxing watching the light aircraft and helicopters, with me Joe, John, Danny, Steve,Ray, Bob, Paul and Ken

  71. John Ropkins

    The B1 ride tomorrow will be similar to the B2 ride (just 18.25 miles and 629ft elevation gain) with an optional 3.5 mile flat loop at the end.

  72. rosemary wakefield

    HEAVY HORSE SHOW SUNDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER

    As you may be aware Meridian C. C. are having a stand at the above to advertise for new members.

    We will need volunteers to help on the stand between 10am and 5pm.
    A list will be available for you to choose your time to be on the stand tomorrow at the Cheshire Home.

    We have a need for a bike stand maintenance type. Please will somebody loan theirs.
    Rosemary

  73. Peter Woods

    Thanks Ken for reminding us of our visit to Cheshire Homes tomorrow and sorry you are in ‘foreign’ parts and unable to join us. I will have my Charity cheque with me.

  74. Peter Woods

    Good morning. If you are riding with me this Saturday to the Riverside Tea Room, Eynsford, it would be helpful if you let me know as I will be booking a table. No problem if unsure at present: you will not be turned away at the start!!
    Peter

  75. Peter Hawker

    This may not resonate with you sportin’ cyclists, but read “Cycling changed my life and I never want to own a car again” by Owen Williams.
    But he lives in Amsterdam, sympathetic to the velo.

  76. Ken Dean Post author

    B2 Ride Wed 11th Olympic to Farningham
    14 riders took a relatively short ride of 13m in order to arrive at the summer party in good time. We needn’t have worried as there was ample food and drinks available for all.
    We rode thro Swanley village, down to Horton Kirby and then via a pleasant footpath across a field to Speedgate before descending back to Farningham.
    I was accompanied by Daves C and P, Paul G + grandson, Di, Cliff, Valerie, Brian W, Lynda, Emrys, Trish, Robert B, and Peter Ham as back marker.
    The party/picnic was a great success and finished off a perfect day (ignoring the football that is).

  77. Rick Green

    A2s: let me know if any of you is willing to lead to Outwood on Wednesday and I’ll book the pub for you. Otherwise, on the day make for a pub you fancy and take your chances.

  78. Ken Dean Post author

    Annual Visit to Leonard Cheshire at Chipstead

    This coming Wednesday we are invited for morning tea and refreshments by LCD Disability at Chipstead – this can be found by proceeding down the track immediately opposite the Bricklayers Arms. We are expected at the normal time before starting our rides at 11am.
    We are provided with ‘bottomless’ tea coffee and refreshments at no charge. I’ve asked for boxes/buckets to be provided so that we can make donations to a very worthwhile cause that supports people who are much less fortunate than ourselves.
    It looks like being another fine day so am hoping for a good turnout.
    Thanks

  79. Danny Gazzi

    Wed 11th July, A2 ride. 12 of us set off from The Olympic to Darenth, Horton Kirby, Speedgate, past Brands Hatch, and Knockmill where Peters Pembery and Jones, Ray Smith and Steve Daniel left us to go on a longer ride. The remaining 8 of us went down Knatts Lane and Knatts Valley Rd to Farningham for the summer party; 16 miles in all. The 8 were Joe McClenaghan, Malcolm McIntyre, Clive Adams, Bob Stock, Ken Strange, Roy Marks, Paul Dean and myself.

    A big thankyou to all the organisers of the very enjoyable summer party.
    And a special mention of Sally Maxwell in the Bat and Trap , who after fooling people into thinking she couldn’t play the game in her first innings, proceeded to outscore practically the whole of the other teams combined in her second.

  80. Martin Gill

    Yesterday 6 Ps met in Kemsing at 9am. We climbed Terrys Lodge, descended Birling Hill, crossed the Medway over Peter’s bridge and crossed back beside the M2. We had a cafe stop in Jeskyns Country Park. Then we rode up Hartley Bottom and climbed up the Downs to the top of Terrys Lodge before going down Knatts Valley to get to Farningham. With me were John Baker, Richard Bingham, Peter Gray, Dave Hickman and Julian Hutchings. Thanks guys for puttiing up with my 4th lead in a row.

  81. Paul Dean

    Many thanks to all involved in making the Meridian Summer Party happen. The lunch was brilliant, the cake was excellent and the games were enjoyed by all. Particular special thanks to Heather and Cathy for all the hard work in organising and cooking for the event. I thought the venue was a perfect choice.

  82. Peter Hawker

    What a lovely first Meridian Summer Party. It won’t be the last, if the organisers can be persuaded to perform again next year.
    Thanks to Heather, Cathy, Diana and Rosemary. What a team! And to the games organisers.
    Jolly good value; all absolutely spiffing!

  83. Chris Simms

    Saturday 7th July – A Ride: Three of us met at the Green Roof Café (Dave Binks, Richard Jones and myself). We rode up to Downe and then down to the Pilgrim’s Way, Westerham, Edenbridge, Lingfield and Old Oxted where we had an excellent lunch at The Crown. The journey home was on rather quiet roads for some reason. It was pretty hot by 9am and turned into a bit of a scorcher but a good day for a ride.

  84. rosemary wakefield

    SATURDAY B RIDE
    Hadlow G C visited for coffee by Mike , Rosemary, Tricia Peter Scott and Peter Woods>good place for a lunch stop for a winter Wed. ride as an alternative to N T Ightam Mote.24 miles done enjoyable although rather warm.
    Mike W

  85. Paul Dean

    I would like to join the Larkins tour on 8/8. As John T and Danny have already indicated the nearest stations are Penshurst (for services to Tonbridge) and Hever (for services to East Croydon).

  86. John Thompson

    There are three railway stations near Larkins, one Penshurst about one mile from Larkins the station is opposite the Little brown jug.one in Leigh about two miles from Larkins. All on the same feeder line into Tonbridge a mainline station. Hope this is of help.

  87. Peter Woods

    Good, very hot, Afternoon. Just remembered two events I have forgotten to give my response.
    1. Heather, I would like to join you on the visit to Larkins Brewery. Thanks!

    2. John, I am very happy to sponsor you on your inspired attempt to reduce my wind break on a ride. It is a charity I have supported for over 17 years, with donations and for many of those years as a volunteer driver. I am therefor pleased to give £1 for each pound in weight you lose.

    PS. I hope to see some of you tomorrow on Mike’s ride to the café at Hadlow Garden Centre. There is a café next to our start so will probably go straight from home for coffee and toast before the ride. The weather should be fine!!

  88. Danny Gazzi

    A2 ride on Wed 11th July. I’m down to lead the ride from Swanley, and I’m going to the summer party, so it will be a shorter ride than usual, about 15 miles and aiming to arrive at Farningham by 1215. For those who aren’t going to the party and want a longer ride, we can liaise and perhaps ride together at first before splitting up and going our separate ways.
    And the shorter ride may appeal to some B1 riders who are more than welcome to join us.

  89. John Broadfoot

    JOHN BROADFOOT’S LAST EVER DIET !! – Thank you to all those who have sponsored me per pound lost, so far on my last ever diet. All proceeds going to Leonard Cheshire. I have already started the diet on the 26th June (am sure you noticed !). There will be a very public weigh-in on at The Summer Party and I hope I can persuade more members to sponsor me at the event. My target is to go from 256lbs(18st 4lbs) down to 231lbs(16.5 stone) – a loss of 25lbs. I decided this was more healthier and cheaper than buying a carbon fibre bike !!!
    I look forward to your public adulation or recrimination when my progress is measured at the Summer Party. In the meantime please contact me direct if you wish to sponsor me.
    Thank You. My strength is failing I must stop !

  90. John Broadfoot

    YOUR LAST CHANCE TO SIGN UP FOR THE MERIDIAN SUMMER PARTY ! I have persuaded Cathy and Heather to extend the deadline to Midnight on Saturday. PLEASE DO COME ALONG AND SUPPORT YOUR CLUB and all the hard work done by Cathy/Heather and others. We will doubtless be celebrating England’s progress into the World Cup Semi – Finals . You will be able to enjoy too an Inter Group Game of Rounders(teams of 9), boule, bat and trap and delicious food and drink in the hot sunshine. There will be cycling gear prizes for the winners and other cycling gear items for a £1 donation – all proceeds to the Club.

    SO DO IT RIGHT NOW – Book your places on line via this website and let us make it a Summer Party to remember !!

  91. Heather Sim

    Brewery Tour & Christmas Meal

    Following a request from a member, we have arranged a tour of Larkins Brewery after lunch on the Hever ride booked for the 8th August. The group who wish to make the visit will leave the pub together after lunch and cycle to Larkins. I am advised that they do not charge for the visit. Tastings available for those who wish to participate. I have not checked where the nearest station is for those who want it! Maybe our railway specialist (Paul Dean) could let us know, in case required!
    It would be good to have some idea of numbers – please can you respond to this blog if you would like to make the visit.

    We have just received the menu for the Christmas Lunch to be held at High Elms following the ride on the 19th December. The cost is around £20 for a three course meal with coffee. Cheese and biscuits are available at an extra cost. The Menu is below:
    ON LINE ORDER FORMS WILL BE AVILABLE SOON VIA THE WEBSITE.
    Starters:
    Roasted Butternut squash soup Smoked paprika croutons. (GF)(v)
    Classic Prawn cocktail with crisp iceberg lettuce bound a Marie Rose sauce.(GF)
    Pork and cranberry pate, Apricot & Fresh Ginger chutney
    All starters are served with a selection of Artisan breads.

    Mains:
    Traditional Roast turkey with pigs in Blanket, sage & onion stuffing balls & gravy
    Baked cod loin with A herb crust & lemon scented crushed new potato’s with a fresh thyme and tomato coulis. (GF)
    Beef Topside cooked in grain mustard & horseradish glaze
    Bakes 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

    Deserts:
    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)

  92. Heather Sim

    B1 ride to Aylesford Priory via Peter’s Bridge and returned via East Malling Research Centre: cafe nice, good company. The riders were: Paul McAteer, Trevor Sim, Rosemary & Mike Wakefield, Paul Dean, Johns Broadfoot, Ropkins & Thompson & Garry Whelan.

  93. Peter Hawker

    3 ‘C’s rode to the Chequers, South Darenth; Derek Hunter, Anton Peploe and Peter Hawker.
    Lunch in the garden under a sunshade. Very salubrious.

  94. David Keith

    Today’s A1 ride from Teapot Island to the White Dog, Ewhurst Green, went via Marden, Cranbrook and Bodiam returning via Four Throws, Hawkhurst, Four Wents, Iden Green (near Goudhust) and Marden Beech. I was joined by Barry B, Dave B, Mick, Ray H and Chris S.

  95. Pete Ham

    Wednesday 4th July B2 ride to Aylesford Priory. Peter Woods, David Parker, Paul Godfrey, Emrys Wilson, Linda Kemp, Trish Hewlett, Di Outram, Brian Slade, Paul Hills, Eric O’Conner, at lunch we were greeted by solo rider Brian Weekes. 19.1 miles , 1,207 feet climbed, 10.7 mph by my gps. A great ride there and back with extra routing help from Di through East Malling by-ways. Also a special mention in this dispatch for our rear gunner Brian Slade.

  96. Pete Pembery

    As there was no A2 leader to Smallfield, i led an alternative ride to The Rising Sun at East Malling, where we enjoyed good priced food, apart from brown bread being in short supply! but Cath sorted us all out.
    Route through Pilgrims, Wrotham,Aylesford Apple Research Center, withe me Bob S,Steve, Rolland, RayJay, Tony B, Danny G, Danny E, Joe, Pete B, and Pete J, thanks Pete J being back marker

  97. Martin Gill

    There were just 3 riders on today’s P ride. We rode via Hadlow and Capel to Matfield. Then we explored lanes towards Goudhurst before returning via Horsmonden to the Halfway House pub (near Brenchley) for lunch. The ride back was much flatter but we were still glad to have a rehydration stop at the Plough Ivy Hatch.

  98. Steve Birkin

    Leaders are needed for the following A1 rides. Contact me via the blog if you are willing to lead any of these rides:

    18th July Chipstead to the Greyhound Hever
    1st August Lullingstone to Trottiscliffe
    15th August Dunton Green to North Pole at Wateringbury
    22 August Swanley to Hodsell St
    29th August Rushmore Hill to Chafford Arms at Fordcombe

  99. Barry Barlow

    I shall be riding to Yalding tomorrow. If anyone wants to join me, I will be at the footpath by Otford station at 08:30. If you let me know I will wait for you.

  100. rosemary wakefield

    B1 Ride 11th July Olympic to Farningham Summer Party

    As there is no longer a leader for this ride please may I have a volunteer.
    It would be extremely helpful if at any time you are unable to lead a ride you could try and arrange a swop with another member and then advise me.
    We are okay for leaders in July except above and most of August but there is a need for volunteers for 29th August,12th September and 26th September. Please let me Know if you are able and willing to fill in the gaps
    Mike W

  101. Steve Birkin

    6 of us – me, Richard Jones, Chris Simms, Ron Castle, Ray Hardinge and Dave Binks rode a novel route (Knatts Valley, Row Dow, Ide Hill and Chiddingstone) to the cafe at Penshurst Place. The cafe food was excellent although the drinkers were a bit taken aback as the beer was equivalent to £9 a pint!!!
    Rode home via Ightham Mote

  102. Heather Sim

    Summer Party, everyone is most welcome – Members and their guests! Please let us have your meal choices by 4th July, you can do this on line or in person prior to the ride on Wednesday.
    Heather and Cathy