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Chris Simms

posted this comment on May 22, 2022

The Chequers Pub at Aylesford has been badly damaged by a fire. Probably best not to plan lunch there for a while.

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Linda Kemp

posted this comment on May 19, 2022

Graham Waldeck – for those who remember him

This is a sad message regarding Graham who used to ride with the A or Prems Group. After bouts of losing his memory, he was diagnosed with Alzheimers in 2009, went into hospital in September 2015 and then on to a care home in October 2016. He sadly passed away last weekend after a brave fight with the disease.

His wife, Jane, was a colleague of mine in the NHS, therefore I have been keeping in touch with her over the years. Graham’s funeral will be held on Friday 10th June at 3.30 pm at Kemnal Cemetery. The wake will be held at Bromley Tennis Club, Plaistow Lane, Bromley. The family have requested no flowers.

Linda

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Ray Hardinge

posted this comment on May 19, 2022

The A1s of Chris S., Martin G., Danny E., Bob C., Steve H., and myself left Lullingstone with a photo (see front page) ably taken by a one-handed Martin H. who is recovering from a broken wrist. We all hope, Martin, that the plaster comes off soon and that you’re back riding again.
Our planned route to St Mary’s Platt was soon shredded when a Stasi officer (dressed cunningly as a workman) denied us passage up Knatts Valley, ordering us to ride up Donkey Lane and along the A20’s surprisingly good cycle path. As we know (some) A1s do love hills so we crossed Peas Hill, Ridley Hill, Bunkers Hill, Dudley Hill, and Chapman Hill all in good spirits before whistling down Birling Hill. Some misleading instructions from Mr Garmin (sorry lads) then lead us on a more scenic route to the Blue Anchor where the service and food were good. The coffee was also good, but at £3.75 a cup (even for a tiny espresso) it needed to be.
An enjoyable ride on a beautifully warm sunny day with good company.

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rosemary wakefield

posted this comment on May 18, 2022

B1 RIDERS

A leader is needed for 1st June from The Olympic Swanley

Please can you help?

Rosemary Wakefield

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rosemary wakefield

posted this comment on May 18, 2022

BI ride today 18th May

12 bikes and 13 rides on glorious day went to a job centre called Witherspoons Tonbridge. Lots of job adverts there but no rider volunteered so there was a long wait for orders to be taken at bar but the food came in good time. Thanks to J.T. for being back marker and Malcolm leading the ride back through Ightam Mote.
Mike W.

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Paul Geradine

posted this comment on May 18, 2022

Prems ride, 18 May: we missed the Club start at LVC as we were starting before LVC’s opening time to take in a circuitous route to the Chequers at Laddingford. In glorious weather we headed out from our meet in Seal via Plaxtol, the Mallings, East Farleigh, Coxheath, Ulcombe, Headcorn and Staplehurst to Laddingford. The countryside was as glorious as the weather but the pace was fairly brutal for those of us who hadn’t ridden much in the last month: just over 44 miles to lunch at over 17mph. Service at the Chequers was friendly and swift and we then had a slightly more sedate 20(+/-) mile journey home via East Peckham and Plaxtol, The group out today was John Baker, Richard Bingham, Steve Burns, Paul Geradine, RIchard Green, Colin Kane and Steve Seagrove.

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brian weekes

posted this comment on May 15, 2022

b2 ride from Swanley Wed 11 May to Cobham via Clement st[Ship lane closed so a diversion] South Darenth Dean Bottom Speedgate Sun hill Fawkham Ash Hartley Bottom Longfield Hill Walnut Hill Istead Rise Cyclo Park Jeskyns Park and Battle st some of us ate our lunch in the Church yard ,others enjoying lunch in the pub.Rain gradually set in as we set off for home.Riders were Roy Marks James Mullett Roy Knight Peter Woods David Parker Trish H Paul Hills ,Paul leaving us en Route.

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Paul Godfrey

posted this comment on May 14, 2022

Funeral Arrangements for Gerry Kemp

Contacted today by Bill Parkhouse who provided with details of Gerry’s funeral arrangements for circulation. The service will take place at The Bluebell Cemetery, Old London Road, Halstead, Kent TN14 7AE, at 11.15 on Monday 30 May. Following the service a wake will be held at The Rose & Crown, Farnborough Way, Green St Green, BR6 6BT

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Barry Barlow

posted this comment on May 13, 2022

A1 ride Wednesday 11th May
The A1 group was particularly depleted due to some members cycling in Majorca.
Four set off from the Olympic they were Ray Hardinge, Robert Bunce, Bob Craig, and me.
Robert left us at the top of Canada Farm Road, Bob left at new Barn Lane and Ray left at the A2.
Leaving just me to carry on to the Three Daws at Gravesend.
The pub service was excellent and as there was only me, I left just before 1 o’clock ad arrived home before the rain really set in.

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Richard Bingham

posted this comment on May 12, 2022

Prems ride Wed 11 May

The destination was Whitstable for our first ride to the coast of the year. With an earlier 9am start in Seal the ride out to coffee at Lenham was “brisk”. Jon East opted to turn here leaving the rest of us to press on via Faversham and Seasalter. We again made good progress and on arrival in Whitstable I noted my average, although clearly flattered by the strong tail wind, was 18.5mph. Whilst enjoying fish and chips at the lobster shack next to the sailing club, we were getting a bit concerned about the conditions we would face on the return. As expected it was hard going back around Seasalter. We decided to break it up and stop for coffee in the market square in Faversham before opting for the Doddington valley route in the hope it may offer more shelter. Ringlestone seemed as endless as ever and by the time we descended Hollingbourne we were all feeling it. Along Pilgims the rain set in making for a grim finish. We went our separate ways around Borough Green (which I heard involved jumping on a train for someone!!) All up 110miles at 17’s for me. Riders enjoying a game of two halves were John Baker, Steve Burns, Colin Kane, Jon East and me

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steveburns

posted this comment on May 8, 2022

Prems ride from Teal Cafe to West Hoathly 4 May 2022.
With only three Prems available, Richard Bingham, Dave Hickman and Steve Burns,we enjoyed a very pleasant ride through Hever, Mark Beech, Cowden, Hartfield and on to West Hoathly. The views of the Ashdown Forest were stunning.
We lunched at The Cat Inn in West Hoathly, where the service and presentation and quality of the food were of a very high standard. The fayre came with a higher price tag than our usual choices of venue, but we all thoroughly enjoyed the experience. A beautiful return ride, where the sun occasionally appeared, contributed to a great day in the saddle.

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Stephen Hardy

posted this comment on May 7, 2022

Cathy, great event yesterday. A wonderful walk, amazing views, great company over dinner. Thank you for organising such a wonderful evening.

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Reginald Oakley

posted this comment on May 7, 2022

Hi, does anyone know if Brian Catlett sold his Wisper folding Ebike? I am after one 07717106555.

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Ken Dean

posted this comment on May 6, 2022

Bike For Sale £Gratis

Most members will know Ron Smith who, until recently, was a member of the the club.
He has made a very generous offer of a bike that belongs to his wife.
He would like to offer it to a member of Meridian or their close family.
I haven’t seen the bike but Ron’s bikes were always immaculate.

Specification
Gents
Size, 48cm low profile
(Equivalent to a 22 inches traditional horizontal top tube frame)
Colour maroon
Wheels 700c Weinmann rims on Shimano QR hubs
Transmission, Shimano Acera
Chainrings triple 28/38/48, Sprockets eight 11 to 34
Brakes Tektro Vee
Purchased new from Evernden Cycles 2003
Condition Very good

Contact Ken or
Ron Smith ‘phone 07508 182727
or email: longfieldrons@gmail.com

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Stephen Hardy

posted this comment on May 5, 2022

A1 report 4th May 2022: Despite the various weather forecasts over the previous days 7 riders met up at Polhill for the ride to The Kentish Horse, Markbeech with an additional rider meeting us on the way. The peloton consisted of Tony Reeve, Chris Simms, Martin Gill, Ray Hardinge, Rob Bunce, Barry Barlow and myself Stephen Hardy. Our plus one being Danny Eagles. Martin had a poor start when an inner tube decided it didn’t want to come out on the ride and went phut, whilst parked up outside the cafe at Polhill. The new tube decided it too didn’t want to come out and promptly went phut less than half a mile from the start at which point Martin heeded the message and decided to go home (after he’d fixed the 2nd puncture.) So riders down to 5. 23.4 miles of cycling with a total of 1,917ft of climbing took us through Halstead, Knockholt, Sundridge, Whitley Row, navigating Yorks Hill (down rather than up,) round the back of Bough Beech Reservoir, onto Chiddingstone Causeway (with Rob leaving us to make his way a home,) Penshurst and rather than take a straight run into Markbeech we did a little loop up Wilderness Lane where we met Danny coming the other way almost on top of our left turn along Pigdown Lane to take us back round to The Kentish Horse. Drinks and food came quickly with a middle of the road pricing for food. The remaining riders leaving together and making for Ide Hill at the top of which we dispersed for our separate routes home.

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Peter Woods

posted this comment on May 5, 2022

Hi, any news on the walk, food choices and ordering in advance?
Peter and Kate Woods

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Ken Dean

posted this comment on May 5, 2022

Contact Cathy re food; I suspect the room at The Bell may be fully booked.

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rosemary wakefield

posted this comment on May 5, 2022

B1 RIDES

Thank you to the volunteers who signed up yesterday to lead a ride
This leaves 3 dates to be filled to complete our leaders until the end of June

Wednesday 1st June from Swanley

Wednesday 15th June from Polhill

Wednesday 22rd June from Swanley

Looking forward to completing the list

Many Thanks to Neville for leading an interesting ride yesterday to a new pub

Rosemary Wakefield

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David Sims

posted this comment on May 5, 2022

Rosemary Hi,
Happy to lead on the 15th, destination Yalding, picnic, tinker pot island cafe, pub riders choice
Cheers

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Malcolm McIntyre

posted this comment on May 5, 2022

I can do 25th May: Polhill to Hever.
Probably sandwiches opposite King Henry VIII with option of Greyhound if wet

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Nev

posted this comment on May 5, 2022

B1 ride 4th May 2022. Eight brave folk joined me for my first ride as leader – Bob, Malcolm, Nick, Dave S., Danny, Paul, Rosemary and Mike. We took the Pilgrim’s Way westward, up onto Clark’s Lane, Ridgeway, down past Woldingham station before heading south past Woldingham school. By serendipity we successfully avoided the morning showers, and arrived at the Godstone Inn just before12.30. The service was slightly slow – it’s being refurbished – they generously compensated with extra chips.
Most rode home back along the Pilgrim’s Way. I stopped at FAB cycle services in Farnborough Village, for a new stem. Good service, I’ll be using them as my Local Bike Shop. Neville

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Bernie Fisk

posted this comment on May 3, 2022

Gerrys funeral will be at the Bluebell Cemetary, Halstead on Monday 30th May at 11.15am. The family gas asked for no floweres but if anyone wished, could they please amke a donation to Last Chance, Edenbridge.

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Reginald Oakley

posted this comment on May 3, 2022

I do hope agm archives show this as minuted, but I recall in one of the early agms I think it was a guy who was also a member of OPCC asked if we were a 1st or 2nd claim club. The verdict was that it doesnt apply as we are not a racing club.

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John Thompson

posted this comment on May 3, 2022

When was this agreed?

I cannot find any posting/documentation advising members on the matter.

A sure way to cut membership.

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Reginald Oakley

posted this comment on May 2, 2022

Just picked up the blog postings about the prospect of the Meridian being a racing club. Although various health problems severely limit my cycling ability these days. I am frankly horrified at the prospect, the Meridian which developed from the 40 plus cc, has always been a social cycling club, and its inclusiveness of being a club for those who enjoy cycling as a past time without the pressures of the competitive situation. I would suggest that if there are a number who want to race they either join one of the many racing clubs that exist, or form their own club with an alternative name to Meridian. The name which incidentally was my idea after a brain storming session at the pub in Godstone.
Keep to social cycling.

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David Sims

posted this comment on May 2, 2022

Who on earth agreed to change the whole culture of The Meridian from a social cycling to a racing club. Joining the KCA to allow members to ride time trials means the club must affiliate to the CTT. KCA events are run under the auspices of the CTT

The Meridian members who are members of other racing clubs must now decide to which club are they first claim members of

This also means the the club is committing to run and organise time trials and to supply marshals for many events held in Kent

The club will also have to create a time trial secretary to attend KCA meetings.

If there are members who wish to ride time trials then join one of the existing racing clubs Avanti,Catford, Dulwich,Woolwich the list is endless

As the founder, along with Ray & Barbara Ransom, of the Meridian I am extremely disappointed by this development which is a fundamental change to the constitution and ethos of the club

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Neil Kerrison

posted this comment on May 2, 2022

I am completely in agreement with David Sims.

Was the topic discussed at the AGM ?

Was a proposal circulated to members before the AGM ?

Do the minutes of the AGM relate to any such decision ?

MERIDIAN is a social cycling club, and it is NOT a cycle racing club.

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Malcolm McIntyre

posted this comment on May 3, 2022

I refuse to join any racing club that would accept me as a member.

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Christopher H Brett

posted this comment on May 11, 2022

I’ve been away and only just catching up with the blog.
I accept Dave’s points re the Meridian which was set up as a social riding club and was why I joined and have remained a member of Catford, should I want to race or to marshal events.
I am not prepared to marshal any Meridian event involving competitive cycling so please don’t ask me to help.
John Thompson is I think correct in saying this has never been put to the membership and is outwith the remit of the committee alone.
Out of interest, events the Catford have run always make loss even when a full field of entrants is achieved. Were the Committee aware that such situations arise?

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Colin Kane

posted this comment on April 28, 2022

Prems 27/04/22

Six arrived at LVC prepared for an old favourite route around the High Weald to Mayfield and lunch in very welcoming Rose & Crown. A challenging ride totalling 88miles and 6,700ft of climbing for those starting from Bromley.

Unfortunately someone had been out celebrating on Tuesday evening (you know who you are Steven) and so just five headed off at the start.

The pace was a little brisk for Dave H who is still recovering for Covid and so Richard B took him under his wing and they did a shortened route of their own. That left Nick Burrell, Duncan Hodge and myself to blaze the trail on a day when we were glad of the hills to keep us warm.

The usual friendly service was enjoyed in the pub with some chicken wraps and a pint.

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David Sims

posted this comment on April 28, 2022

We’d 27th April B1. Ride Lullingstone to Oxted

Leading a ride for the first time in 2 years I just about remembered how to do it, I think you have to be at the front and wave your hand about a few times. It also helped to have a Bird Scarer (AKA John Thompson ) as back marker so a thank you to John. It must have worked as we all got to Oxted together and I didn’t lose anybody. As some of you may remember I do have a track record for misplacing riders, my record is 6 on one ride to date.
I think there were 10 on the ride, apologies for cutting the ride short but I didn’t enjoy the cold. ( needed warmer gloves and overshoes). Anybody remember the days of woollen gloves, and shoes with holes in the uppers and soles to let the rainwater drain out, how did we do it!.
We all went to our separate ways at Oxted, John, Nick me had sandwiches in the park the others to Wetherspoons. Trevor Sim, Rick Green, Nevill Hasall, Nick le Leung, Chris Brett, John Thompson, ?, ? And anybody who knows me
Cheers

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Kenneth Dean

posted this comment on April 28, 2022

Wed 27th April: B2 Ride Lullingstone to The George at Trottiscliffe

9 Riders; Dave Collier, Di, David Parker, Mike Yeo, Roy Knight, Neil, Ken Mould and et moi. At the start only 3 said they were eating at The George, by the time we got there, the cold weather had persuaded most that the opportunity of warm food inside the pub was too good an opportunity to miss. Good food and friendly service. It’s a long while since I have visited the pub, it has grown in size but is still worth a visit.
Apart from Ken Mould’s ebike malfunctioning, ride was uneventful; we should have stopped at the top of Birling Hill to admire the superb views over Kent – I’ll do better next time round.

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Barry Barlow

posted this comment on April 28, 2022

A1 ride Wednesday 27th April
10 A1 riders set off from Lullingstone to the bricklayers Arms in Chipstead they were Danny Eagles, Chris Simms, Dominic Haslam, Martin Gill, Ray Hardinge, Martin Howe, Steve hardy, Rob Bunce, Chris Edmunds (Guest Rider) and me. Rob decided to go home at the bottom of Sun Hill as he had a broken mudguard, but we were joined by Bob craig at the top of Billet Hill so back to 10 again. After a few ups and downs Danny Decided to go home when the route went fairly close to his house and Chris Edmunds decided to visit his sister in Chipstead, so we were 8 for lunch. The sandwiches were very reasonably priced (cheap) and the service was excellent. Well worth another visit.

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Paul Dean

posted this comment on April 26, 2022

CLUB KIT AVAILABLE FROM STOCK

We now have short sleeve summer jerseys, long sleeve summer jerseys and long sleeve autumn/winter jerseys in stock in medium, large and XL sizes. The long sleeve summer jerseys are a new stock item and are priced at £33.60. Prices for all jerseys have remained unchanged for years, but will increase the next time we order. Please contact if you would like to purchase a jersey or to try one for size.

I still have a number of orders from our recent bulk kit purchase awaiting collection. If you ordered an item of kit and have yet to collect it please contact me. I can bring along to the Wednesday 4 May start from Polhill or you can collect from my home. My contact are:
Email: pauljdean52@gmail.com
Home address:
12 Oakmead Avenue
Bromley
BR2 7NA

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Ken Dean

posted this comment on April 25, 2022

FOR SALE £nil

Bike Hoist.

Purchased to hang bike from garage roof – OK for normal bike but had to get the next model up to handle extra weight of ebike.
Unboxed but not used.
Buyer collects from Sevenoaks.

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Bernie Fisk

posted this comment on April 24, 2022

I am sorry to tell you that Gerry Kemp who led the Sunday Group for so many years passed away yesterday. On my last visit to Gerrys, his daughter-in-law was at his house and told me how grateful the family were to all of the cyclists who had visited since notice of his isolation was put up on the blog. It made a massive difference to the quality of his life.

His daughter Pam will let me know when the funeral is which will be a joint funeral with his wife who died on Friday. I will post details on the Blog when the arrangements have been made.

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David Sims

posted this comment on April 23, 2022

Just to clarify I am leading the ride to Oxted on Wednesday, no published route as it’s in my head,
The website runslist is still showing Malcolm

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Malcolm McIntyre

posted this comment on April 21, 2022

Thanks for picking up the ride
cheers
Malcolm

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David Sims

posted this comment on April 21, 2022

I will be leading the B1 ride on Wed 27th April, destination Oxted, venue take you pick, Wetherspoon’s, Cafe Nero I will be having a sandwich in the park
Cheers Simmo

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Dominic Haslam

posted this comment on April 21, 2022

A1 Ride: a small but very select band of 4 riders were the last to leave Lullingstone Visitor Centre (we were chatting and didn’t notice that everyone else had gone). We headed for the Greyhound at Hever by way of Ide and Toys Hills then Pootings, Limpsfield and Edenbridge. The second half was in Tony’s ‘manor’ via some really nice countryside – he has been keeping it to himself too long. We arrived at the pub to be greeted by the Landlord telling us he had no power so we had to get back on the bikes and ride an unwelcome extra mile uphill to Markbeech where they supplied us with excellent sandwiches even though we hadn’t booked. We fell into long reminiscences about cycling trips to some of the famous Tour and Giro mountains, until someone finally suggested that we had better head off home. A very enjoyable ride, undertaken by Danny E, Rob B, Tony R and me.

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Paul Godfrey

posted this comment on April 20, 2022

B2 Ride from Lullingstone Excellent weather made for a good ride to Ightham Mote via Knatts Valley, Seal and down towards Hildenborough. Joining me were Linda, Trish, Ken Dean, Dave Cooper, Dave Parker, Paul McAteer, Roy Knight, Brian Weekes, Chris Barnett, Mike Yeo, Neil, James joined us at the top of the climb from Knatts Valley. Chris had a puncture on route which took a bit of time and somehow I managed to lose Dave C and Brian at the bottom of One Tree Hill. Great ride thanks for the company.

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Cathy Sharman

posted this comment on April 20, 2022

Just a nudge to the couple of people who haven’t yet let me know their post walk meal preferences at the Bell, Kemsing 6th May.
By the 1st May please
Cathy

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Ken Dean

posted this comment on April 18, 2022

FOR SALE: Ribble road bike, lightweight tourer

Speedy commuter cycle.
Alloy frame 53cm from top tube to BB, carbon forks.
For sale for £350, but will sell to Meridian member for £300 OBO.
Viewing in Sidcup and contact via email or mobile

More details see Gumtree entry No. Ad ID 1429543365

Peter Ham (member)

Use Meridian website search facility to contact peter direct (or via Ken Dean)

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Paul Dean

posted this comment on April 18, 2022

CLUB KIT ORDER 2022 UPDATE
The gloves have now arrived from Gearclub our kit supplier. If you ordered gloves, or an item of kit and have yet to collect it, please contact me to arrange a mutually convenient time for collection from my home. I can bring along to the Wednesday 4 May start from Polhill.

Paul Dean
12 Oakmead Avenue
Hayes, Bromley
BR2 7NA

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Tricia Hewlett

posted this comment on April 14, 2022

B2 ride to Teal Cafe 13 April consisted of Linda, Mike Yeo, Ann, Di, Paul Godfrey, Roy, me, someone who disappeared en route, ebike man (forgotten name) and someone else whose face and name I can’t remember…thought I may be a bit short on miles as well as memory but turned out I didn’t need to do extended route up Carter’s Hill. Teal Cafe an alternative venue for a change, although they are only operating small menu due to staffing issues at present, but made to feel welcome (always a good reason to return)!

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Ray Hardinge

posted this comment on April 14, 2022

7 A1s set off from Polhill and, despite the blistering pace, serious lack of Barryesque hills and extra-ordinary long route, all 7 arrived at the Windmill in Weald. At the pub we (that’s Rob) amused ourselves reconfiguring the landlord’s cabinet of ornaments and enjoyed Steve’s opinions on Boris J’s need to resign. Conversation did cool a little after 45 mins. but the pub’s spaniel joined us and livened up the chat while we waited patiently for our sandwiches to arrive. It seems that the “chef” had been “allegedly” on a phone call. In addition to Rob B. and Steve H. the group comprised Danny E., Dom H., Dom’s friend Chris (guest), Chris S., and myself.
After lunch and coffee we split up with some heading in a straight line up Hubbards (ouch), others taking the gentler route up Bayleys (walking some of the way – road works, they say) and others heading for home via Ightham Mote. An enjoyable ride on a summery day. Thanks to all for the entertainment.

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Richard Bingham

posted this comment on April 13, 2022

A select group of five Prems met at Polhill for a 37 miler to The Man of Kent, East Peckham. Down Shacklands up Fackenden and down Cotmans before heading out East along Pilgrims through the Mallings, East Farleigh and the picturesque village of Loose. Down from Coxheath, we opted for the highly rated (fast) descent of Loddington Ln before enjoying the flats around Yalding and onto the pub. With other commitments there were only 3 for lunch but as usual the welcome was warm and the service very efficient. Riders joining me were John Baker, Paul Geradine, Jon East and Richard Green

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Heather Sim

posted this comment on April 13, 2022

A tensome of B1 riders left Pollhill on a sunny spring morning bound for The Old Eden at Edenbridge. They all arrived without mishap to have a leisurely but pleasant lunch. The riders were: Malcolm, John, Joe, Chris, Paul, Danny, Neville, Trevor, Dave & Nick.

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Paul Dean

posted this comment on April 11, 2022

CLUB KIT ORDER 2022

If you ordered an item of club kit, the jerseys, gilets and jackets element of the order have arrived and are available for collection. The gloves element of our order should be delivered to me in the next week or so. You can collect your new jersey, gilet or jacket from my house, at a mutually convenient time, or I can bring along to the start this Wednesday (13 April) at Polhill. Please let me know how you would like to collect your order.
Best wishes
Paul Dean
12 Oakmead Avenue,
Hayes, Bromley, BR2 7NA
Email: pauljdean52@gmail.com

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Malcolm McIntyre

posted this comment on April 11, 2022

I’m afraid that I can no longer lead the B1 ride on 27th April. I had posted my planned route on the web Runs List. Feel free to use it, but I expect someone will come up with something better. Apologies
Malcolm

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Tricia Hewlett

posted this comment on April 9, 2022

Teal Cafe is in the Riverhill direction. We’ve not been there on one of our rides before but it’s a decent size so there shouldn’t be a problem. Can’t guarantee gourmet cuisine though. I’ve not researched the ride as haven’t had much time but got a nasty feeling it may fall short of summer ride mileage expectations so be prepared!

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Neil Kerrison

posted this comment on April 8, 2022

To Trish : Whereabouts is Teal Cafe ? and what is the route ?

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Barry Barlow

posted this comment on April 7, 2022

All of you who expressed an interest in walking on the hills above Kemsing and having a meal at the Bell on Friday May 6th, would let me know your menu choices by the 1st May.
We will meet in the village hall car park at 3.45 for a prompt departure at 4pm
Looking forward to it
Cathy

ps sorry about the quality of the image Barry

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Danny Gazzi

posted this comment on April 8, 2022

The menu is a bit easier to read on the Bell’s website
https://www.thebellkemsing.com/menu.htm

The prices are a bit different from the photo. I presume that the higher ones are more up to date.

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Paul Geradine

posted this comment on April 7, 2022

Prems ride, 6 April 2022. A slightly depleted group – more due to holidays/other commitments than the dodgy weather – of John Baker, Richard Bingham, Nick Burrell, Jon East, Paul Geradine and Duncan Hodge assembled at LVC with a degree of wariness given the weather forecast and given that a few of us had already had a pre-emptive soaking from an early shower. We nonetheless steeled ourselves not only for further showers but for the stiff SW headwind which our course exposed us to for 75% of the ride to The Greyhound at Hever. A lumpy first half took us via Eynsford, Crocken’ill (as Duncan told us it is known locally), Chelsfield, Knockholt and Tatsfield to the slightly hairy descent of Titsey Hill and another shower at the bottom before the short climb up through Limpsfield and then Grant’s Lane, Dwelly Lane, Moor Green and Hever to The Greyhound. Although we hadn’t been to The Greyhound for a few months, the welcome was as warm as ever, the cold drinks, food and coffee were all good and the service as rapid as ever. We’ll be returning again soon. We started our return journey with another shower. While Richard headed off up Uckfield Lane, the rest went back via Roodlands Lane and the BR1 boys braved Toy’s Hill and Houghtrough and got rewarded with some sun while the rest had a sedate trip through Henden Manor and up Ide Hill. Overall, the weather wasn’t as bad as might have been and The Greyhound was excellent.

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Cathy Sharman

posted this comment on April 7, 2022

On a wet morning the B2 optimists were Paul MacAtreer, Paul Moss, Di, Anne, Dave P, Peter W, the route took us through Chipstead, Dibden, Anne left us here, over the Gracious Lane bridge where unfortunately we lost Di, Mea Culpa then down Baileys passed some grumpy workmen through Weald, Hildenbrough into Haysden park and in to the warm embrace of a packed Weatherspoons.
The route home through Ightham was uneventful and I at least was dry when i arrived home.
Thank you for your company

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Martin Gill

posted this comment on April 6, 2022

A1 ride Lullingstone to Kemsing. Despite misgivings about the weather prospects 8 riders set off. Successively we lost Ray, Steve, Martin H and Rob owing to a puncture (in a tubeless tyre), a slipping chain. ‘things to do’ and ‘wet and miserable’. The remaining four continued through Markbeech and along Furnace Lane. The rain stopped and there was even a glimpse of sun but there was still a nagging headwind. At the Star in Lingfield we enjoyed their open sandwiches and we were in no hurry to leave as it was raining outside. When we emerged it had cleared up and the wind was now behind us as we headed to Clacketts Lane. Those out were Barry Barlow, Rob Bunce, Danny Eagles, Martin Gill, Steve Hardy, Ray Hardinge, Martin Howe, and Chris Simms.

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Heather Sim

posted this comment on April 6, 2022

B1 Ride

Five set off from Lullingstone on an adventure. They braved weasels on the way to Shorne Country Park where sausages were scoffed before braving a pit bull, horses and their owners on the way home were Trevor spotted a stoat. It must be the season for mustelidae! The famous five were Dave, Malcolm, Danny, Neville and Trevor.

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Ken Dean

posted this comment on April 6, 2022

 I am a lapsed member now seeking your help. My interest in cycling is as keen as ever but my main focus has been running the Sevenoaks based charity: Charity (Adventure) Links – which raises money for educational projects in East Africa. We do so by organising cycle challenges in Africa where the riders pay their own way and look for sponsorship from family, friends & colleagues.

The last few years have been very difficult with so many demands on our time and purses from so many deserving causes. Education remains the best route out of poverty and dependency and so we push on! In October we are running Ride Morocco 2022 a one week trip flying from Gatwick to Marrakech and we have 10 places available.

Please can you share this opportunity with your members and invite them to contact me for full details? Julian, thanks for reading this. Atb john

john@charitylinks.org.uk

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Martin Howe

posted this comment on March 31, 2022

A1 Wednesday Ride – Swanley to Ightham 30/03/2022 – Martin Howe
A number of insomniacs arrived at Swanley on a cloudy and cool day expecting to leave at 10.30.am. Following democratic negotiations, we decided on 10.45am in order to digest the excellent yum yums. The A1 Group consisted of Chris Simms, Danny Eagles, Ray Hardinge, Barry Barlow, Martin Gill, Rob Bunce and myself. We headed for Farningham Village and then Wrotham Village via Knatts Valley and Pilgrims Way. We continued along the Pilgrims Way, through Trotters Cliff (or Trosley, Trotsky and any other pronunciation you can think of ) and then headed south at Ryarsh (as some riders started to get nervous that we were travelling further away from the pub stop). Offham and Comp were just a blur as we prepared to blast up Basted Lane and Plough Hill before chinking left up Mill Lane. Mill Lane looked quite inoffensive on the map but the poorly maintained surface made the short climb interesting (and fortunately uneventful). Give it a miss!!
After a short descent we arrived at the George and Dragon in one piece. We waited patiently for our drinks and food and were joined by Tony Reeve who somehow managed to get his beer and lunch before anyone else. Anyway, I thought the pub grub was very good. We should return. After lunch, most of us made our way back to the Pilgrims Way and dispersed. I was entertained by a range of peculiar and unnerving noises from my bottom bracket on the way home ……ooh matron!!

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steveburns

posted this comment on March 31, 2022

Prems 30/3/22 Teal Cafe to Kemsing
Riders: Paul Geradine, Duncan Hodge, Richard Green, Nick Burrell, Jon East, Steve Burns, John Baker(honourary luncher)
Wednesday’s ride was a short 30 miles from the Teal Café to The Bell at Kemsing, taking in a few of our favourite local climbs. With the absence of our leaders and club stalwarts Colin Kane and Richard Bingham, there was an atmosphere of Lord of the Flies, with mischief in the air. En route to Kemsing we got to enjoy the beauty and pain of Carter’s, Roughways, Mote Road and Exedown. The most enthralling hill battle of the day came on The Hurst as Duncan Hodge, aka The Beast of Bickley, dared to take on Richard G, who was desperately attempting to conserve energy ahead of his 9th wedding anniversary celebrations. Nick was comfortably first up Exedown, but even iron legs himself had to admit that he was sorely tempted by the lure of a discarded sofa half way up the hill. We arrived at The Bell and got to discuss lifestyle choices with a local punter who was basking in the sun. She was highly recommending her daily diet of kidneys and mash, chardonnay and cigarettes. I think Oasis wrote a song about these items, but decided to omit the kidneys and mash. The food and service were top draw, the only shock being John Baker’s choice of the Moussaka special over his usual fayre. Topics of conversation included Paul Geradines’s encyclopedic knowledge of all pubs south of Bermondsey and also who actually is Chris Rock? One of our more trendy and youthful riders, Jon East, pretended that he had actually heard of him. John Baker sadly couldn’t ride out today, due to problems with his boiler (all wife jokes on a post card to Les Dawson’s estate please), but it was great to see him at lunch. A thoroughly enjoyable yet demanding ride and there was a tear in my eye as the Beast of Bickley rode off into the afternoon sun.

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Nicholas Leng-Smith

posted this comment on March 30, 2022

B1 ride 30.3.22.
Swanley to Ye Olde Ship at Tatsfield, via South Darenth, Farningham, Crockenhill and Chelsfield. 12 people started (11 bikes), with 3 saying that they would be leaving the ride early. Danny Grazzi, Bert and Agnes Heijna, Joe McClenaghan, Malcolm McIntrye, Paul Moss, John Ropkins, Trevor Sim and Nick Leng-Smith finished the ride and Dave Sim, Rosemary and Mike Wakefield did most of it.
The ride itself was 22 miles, stretched slightly by road works, but the total day’s ride for me was 43 miles. I imagine that Danny can top that!
Safe journey and happy holidays, Rosemary and Mike.

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Dave Collier

posted this comment on March 28, 2022

B2 ride on Wed. 30th March

This will be a different sort of ride as it is a circular route from Swanley and back. Also it has off road sections which are stony and footpaths and quiet back streets. The off road sections may not be suitable for narrow tyres. I hope that you will find it interesting. There are some “not pretty” bits (as in Paul H’s rides) and some bits that are pretty! We will stop for lunch at Erith Riverside where you can sit and look at the Thames. There is a pub there but they do not serve food. If you would like to buy a lunch, Morrisons is nearby and they have a good cafe. The ride is 22 miles.
Dave

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Nicholas Leng-Smith

posted this comment on March 28, 2022

B1 Ride on 30.3.22, at 11.00. Start Swanley Olympic. End Tatsfield. Pub: Ye Olde Ship. Leader: Nick Leng-Smith Note: there will be 0.3 miles off road at Rag Hill, due to double road works.

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David Parker

posted this comment on March 27, 2022

B2 Ride Leaders wanted for May and June

Please let me know if you are able to lead a B2 ride on any of the following dates.
The starting time for all of thee dates is 10:30
You can choose the destination.
4th May from Polhill
18th May from Lullingstone
1st June from Swanley
8th June from Lullingstone
15th June from Polhill
22nd June from Swanley
29th June from Lullingstone

Thanks

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Barry Barlow

posted this comment on March 25, 2022

Robin Alcock’s Funeral

Robin’s funeral will be on Monday April 4th, 2.45pm at Beckenham Crematorium.
Anyone wishing to go should probably contact Liz Worthington on: – 07880 691171

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Michael Yeo

posted this comment on March 24, 2022

Wednesday 23 March, B2 ride . Polhill GC to the ship Tatsfield
Sadly Linda Kemp feeling unwell and unable to lead ride. Following her route on a sunny day were, Trish H, Ken D, Paul G, Paul Moss, Clive A, Dave C, Roy K, and myself, nice lunch in pub garden.

Mike Yeo

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Neil Kerrison

posted this comment on March 28, 2022

Mike : Neil Kerrison also rode with B2s to Tatsfield

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joneast

posted this comment on March 24, 2022

The sunniest day of the year so far saw 10 Prems out to work on their cycling tans (although it wasn’t quite warm enough for Nick to brave the shorts!) Today’s route took us over Ide Hill and through the scenic countryside of Penshurst, Groombridge and Hartfield before we tackled the gravel of Furnace Lane. Onwards then to Dormansland and ending up at the Old Eden in Edenbridge where we enjoyed the usual pub lunch standards basking in the Spring sunshine.
Whilst the official ride from Polhill to Edenbridge was just over 35 miles, most of us clocked up over 60 miles for the day.
Out for the ride were Colin Kane, Richard Bingham,Paul Gerardine, John Baker, Nick Burrell, Steve Burns, Richard Green, Duncan Hodge, Julian Hutchings and myself.

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Barry Barlow

posted this comment on March 24, 2022

A1 ride Wednesday 23rd March
Six set off from Pollhill on a beautiful morning. They were Danny Eagles, Martin Gill, Ray Hardinge, Chris Simms, Bob Craig, and me. Bob left us at the top of Mussenden and Martin Howe joined us about halfway up Mussenden. He was so busy taking videos and I was so knakered that I nearly didn’t see him. After climbing Michael’s Lane we were at the highest point in our ride, although we had not done with hills.
We cycled along the esplanade at Rochester before arriving at Ye Arrow where the service and food were excellent.

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rosemary wakefield

posted this comment on March 23, 2022

B1 Ride Today

What a day! Had lunch out in garden of pub at Laddingford after 21mile spin from Polhill in sunlit Kent.
Riders were Trevor Tim Nick Bob with first time with us Agnes and Bert on their tandem Jo Neville Rosemary Dave plus John and David who joined us en-route with me as leader and thanks to back marker Malcolm. Look forward to the tandem Agnes and Bert on future B1 rides.

Mike Wakers

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Danny Gazzi

posted this comment on March 24, 2022

And, most important of all, I was there as well.
Joe gave me a lift back from the Polhill car park, so I clocked up just over 50 miles.

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Barry Barlow

posted this comment on March 17, 2022

Wednesday 16th March
Don Haslam, Ray Hardinge, Martin Gill, Martin Howe, Chris Simms, Danny Eagles, and I left Lullingstone expecting to get wet. Dom Peeled off at Farningham as the route was “too far from home if it should rain”. We completed the round trip to the Five bells at Chelsfield without any rain. It slightly rained while we were in the pub, but everyone got home in the dry. Another great days riding in spite of the weather forecast.

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Michael Yeo

posted this comment on March 17, 2022

B2 riders, Lullingstone to Kemsing 16th March. A disappointing turnout , Trish H, Linda K, Dave C , and myself . Following most of Kens route, David leaving us at Horton Kirby, a gentle climb to Exedown and down to Kemsing and the deli, didn’t rain

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Malcolm McIntyre

posted this comment on March 16, 2022

Nine B1 riders went to Halstead, Rose and Crown.
Trevor Sim, Nick Leng-Smith, Danny Gazzi, Rosemary&Mike Wakefield, Chris Brett, Neville Hazel, and the new man.

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nburrell

posted this comment on March 16, 2022

Prems 16/03/2022

7 Prems assembled at Lullingstone fearful of forecasted heavy rain. One of our bikes picked up a puncture while it’s owner was drinking coffee, so once this was fixed we opted for a shortened route with the aim of reaching Markbeech for lunch before the anticipated deluge.

The 30 mile loop from LVC to the Kentish Horse was completed without drama (or rain) via Stone Street and Hadlow before taking a lumpy tour around the south side of Tonbridge through Southborough and Speldhurst.

Kentish Horse provided good food and friendly service, all completed in time for most to get home before the drizzle eventually settled in.

Out today were Nick Burrell, John Baker, Colin Kane, Paul Geraldine, Steve Seagrove, Steve Burns & Richard Bingham

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Malcolm McIntyre

posted this comment on March 15, 2022

B1 ride tomorrow.
Still happy to head for Oxted as planned.
However, will also offer a shorter loop to Halstead Rose and Crown for the rain sensitive.
We’ll have a vote at the start.

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Barry Barlow

posted this comment on March 15, 2022

With the weather forecast being so dire in the afternoon tomorrow, I have decided to cancel the ride to Ye Arrow and go to The Five Bells in Chelsfield instead. I will post the route shortly.

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Ken Dean

posted this comment on March 15, 2022

Wed B2 Ride from Lullingstone
The weather is forecast to deteriorate into the afternoon, I have therefore changed the ride to one shorter and nearer to home. At Kemsing there is a choice of The Bell or the Italian Deli.

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Christopher H Brett

posted this comment on March 14, 2022

Sorry to hear of loss of both Lucy and Ro
bin.
Will the appropriate person add me to the Holland 22 WhatsApp group.
Thanks.
Chris Brett

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Steve Birkin

posted this comment on March 14, 2022

So sorry to hear about the deaths of Lucy and Robin. I didn’t know Lucy very well but I remember her friendliness to me when I first joined Meridian.

Robin was a fellow committee member and was a was a wise counsel and very supportive when the committee was finding its feet. He will be missed.

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Kenneth Dean

posted this comment on March 14, 2022

Lucy Bentley

Lucy passed away earlier this month; the funeral is arranged for 23rd March at Kings Lynn. A number of her close friends from CTC/Meridian will be travelling to be in attendance.

Lucy was an active and important rider with the Sevenoaks section of the CTC, the 40+ and subsequently Meridian CC. She planned the first 40+ day trips to France well before Meridian was in existence; in addition she planned and led many longer tours to different parts of France, of which many of us have fond memories.

As well as being an excellent companion she was a brilliant role model for cyclists of all abilities.

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Barry Barlow

posted this comment on March 14, 2022

Robin Alcock born 12th February 1946 >
It is sad for me to report that Robin Alcock died at the weekend. It was very sudden, and he had not been ill at all. There will be a post-mortem, so no date is yet available for the funeral. I will post another note when I have a date

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Paul Godfrey

posted this comment on March 11, 2022

To all groups
The Olympic at Swanley are not able to host the start on the 20th April. I have therefore changed the start venue to Lullingstone.

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David Parker

posted this comment on March 11, 2022

Attention all B2 riders, Leaders needed for the following dates.
27th April Lullingstone
4th May Polhill
11th May Swanley
18th May Lullingstone
25th May Polhill
All rides are planned to start at 10:30

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Paul Godfrey

posted this comment on March 11, 2022

David,
I will do 27 April and 25 May. Runs list amended
Paul Godfrey

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John Baker

posted this comment on March 10, 2022

8 Prems set off from Pollhill in two pods on a 35 mile loop to Brasted. The route went out via Toys Hill, Edenbridge and Lingfield with the return leg via Godstone and Gangers Hill. No dramas on the way and both groups arrived at The Stanhope close together. Food and service was good as usual. Riding with me were Paul Geradine, Jon East, Steve Burns, Nick Burrell, Steve Seagrove, Colin Kane and Richard Bingham.

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John Baker

posted this comment on March 10, 2022

8 Prems set off from Pollhill in two pods on a 35 mile loop to Brasted. The route went out via Toys Hill, Edenbridge and Lingfield with the return leg via Godstone and Gangers Hill. No dramas on the way and both groups arrived at The Stanhope close together. Food and service was good as usual.

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roy knight

posted this comment on March 10, 2022

Ride Report B2s Wednesday 9th March.

Swanley Olympic to the Moat at Wrotham.20 Miles

A large group set off from the Olympic to try out the recently refurbished Moat pub in Wrotham after a small tour of Hextable we headed out towards Crockenhill, With the improving weather making it a lovely day to be out on the bike.
Halfway up Knatts Valley the group split into two groups of seven, for Peter Woods, David Parker, Mike Yeo ,Paul (new rider),Trish Hewltt, Linda Kemp and myself took on the Knatts Lane HILL at the top we pushed on with a further three and a half miles to lunch.
We arrived thirty minutes late, which was not a problem for the pub .
My thoughts were
good food and drinks
warm welcome.
With a nice garden at rear of pub this may be worth returning to in the summer.
Roy K.

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Ray Hardinge

posted this comment on March 10, 2022

The A1s of Barry B., Martin H., Martin G., Danny E. and Steve H., and myself, took the “as the crow flies” route to Benover slowing only to struggle up Bowers Lane. We met up with Dom H. at Ivy Hatch and then headed into a stiff wind through Hadlow and on to the Woolpack. Service was uncharacteristically slow but the food was good. After lunch, the tail wind helped us all make a speedy trip home.

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Danny Gazzi

posted this comment on March 9, 2022

I’ve just heard the sad news that Peter Elliott, the owner of Welling Cycles, has died, aged about 61. He had an operation for cancer in January. He was always affable and helpful, and charged very little.
His funeral is tomorrow (Thursday 10th March) at 3.30pm, at Kemnal Park cemetery, BR7 6RR. All are welcome.

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Heather Sim

posted this comment on March 5, 2022

RE: Meridian Cycling Trip to Holland 4th July for 1 week – Would you like to join us?

Our planned trip is going ahead, the relaxation of the Covid restrictions at home and in Holland now mean that we really hope to get there this year! We will be paying the deposit next week (the total deposit is £100).

We have a few rooms available due to changes in personal circumstances – we can hand these back at no financial cost; however we thought we should invite anyone who would to join us. Cycling in Holland is a marvelous experience – many cycle paths and everyone is very cycle friendly, with lots of good places to have cake and coffee!

Please see the website for all the details, together with links to the accommodation should you wish to investigate the option further. I have kept this message short as it can be difficult to read when sent through the website (as I am doing). The information can be found by following a news section on the holiday from the home page.

Please feel free to ring me on 01322 865147 if you have any questions.

Heather

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Stephen Hardy

posted this comment on March 4, 2022

A1 ride report Wed 2 Mar

7 hardy (pardon the pun) riders met at Polhill despite the rain – Danny Eagles, Martin Howe, Martin Gill, Chris Simms, Dom Haslam, Barry Barlow and myself, Stephen Hardy, with Tony Reeves planning on meeting us at the crown Shoreham. Chris and Martin H decided they’d got wet enough and headed home, whereas the remaining very hardy (again pardon the pun) souls, Danny, Martin G, Dom, Barry and I ventured forth after deciding to shorten the planned route by missing out the ride along the back of Bough Beech reservoir and the climb up Bailey’s. Our truncated route took us through, Halstead, Knockholt, Sundridge, Ide Hill, Goathurst Common, Back Lane, Bessels Green were we lost Barry, but finding him again in Chipstead, then onto Riverhead, Dunton Green, along the old London Road towards Otford, turning into Filston Lane and down to Shoreham. For some reason, I don’t know why, the general mood of the group wasn’t as euphoric as I thought it would be having only ridden 17 miles of the planned 23 miles, missing out Bailey’s and arriving at the Crown shortly after it had opened. It couldn’t have been because they’d been coerced into riding through the rain and cold could it? Drink and food arrived very quickly, with I think everyone opting for something warm to eat and drink. Tony duly arrived, but just as we had finished, ordered a pint, drank it in time to leave with the rest of us heading off homewards in different directions and for myself a hot bath waiting at the end.

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Richard Bingham

posted this comment on March 2, 2022

Prems: Ride Report- Wed 2 Mar

A dank and miserable morning and three Prems met at Polhill to be duly swamped by a large and noisy group of A1’s amassing for their ride😉. Our destination was The Crown, Old Oxted. Used to be a popular pub with the Prems but one we’ve not visited for 3 years. A 40 mile route, out West along the top, descending Gangers before climbing a gnarly Enterdent followed by a cruise South to Turners Hill via Smallfield. We returned via Lingfield and were made very welcome at the pub although we did have the place to ourselves. Joining me were Nick Burrell and Colin Kane.

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Paul Godfrey

posted this comment on March 1, 2022

B2 Ride – Given the forecast for rain all day on Wednesday I will not be leading the ride to Oxted. I will be at Polhill for coffee and a chat. Should anyone wish to do the ride the route is available on the runs list.

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John Thompson

posted this comment on March 1, 2022

The inclement weather on Wednesday not looking good [40%/50%] rain most of the day.
Being a fair weather rider, I am cancelling the ride.
The route is on the ride list for anyone [ hard core ] to download and use.
The Rose and Crown phone number is 01959 533120.
John Thompson

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Michael Yeo

posted this comment on February 26, 2022

Would love to join you on the 6th for the Kemsing walk. Thanks Mike Yeo

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Heather Sim

posted this comment on February 26, 2022

Trevor and I would like to join the walk on the 6th May
. Thank you for organising it.

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Tony Reeve

posted this comment on March 2, 2022

Heather,
Holland trip: I can only stay 3 nights from the Tuesday and would like a single room.
Tony Reeve

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Cathy Sharman

posted this comment on February 26, 2022

Circular walk from Kemsing with a meal at the Bell. 6th May leaving at 4pm to eat at 6pm.
The walk will take us up the hill through the bluebell woods west along the top of the North Downs returning on a parallel lower route.
The Bell can accommodate 24 people and we will need to make menu choices in advance.
I hope you and your partner will be able to join me.
Cathy Sharman

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John Thompson

posted this comment on February 26, 2022

Cathy,
Jenny and myself would love to join you on the walk.
John Thompson

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Barry Barlow

posted this comment on February 26, 2022

Jill and I would love to join you.

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Roy Marks

posted this comment on February 26, 2022

Hi Cathy,
I’d like to join you for the walk
and meal on May 6th
Thank you for organising
Roy Marks

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Ray Hardinge

posted this comment on February 28, 2022

We’ll be happy to join you on the 6th May, Cathy.
Ray and Teresa Hardinge

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Danny Gazzi

posted this comment on March 1, 2022

Cathy,
Maggie and I are interested in joining your walk. Can we confirm nearer the date as we might be going away around then? Danny

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Martin Gill

posted this comment on February 24, 2022

A1 ride from Polhill to Trottiscliffe. The 6 riders who set off were soon joined by Paul Moss who found himself with us after we overtook the B2s. Our route took us across the grain of the Downs with climbs up Fackenden Lane, Tinker Pot Lane and Ridley Hill. Adapting the planned route to start from Polhill instead of Lullingstone meant extra climbing which did not please everyone though our guest Paul managed fine. The riders were Rob Bunce (who turned back part way), Danny Eagles, Martin Gill, Ray Hardinge, Stephen Hardy, Paul Moss and Chris Simms.

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ABradley

posted this comment on February 23, 2022

Prems ride from Polhill to The Chequers at Laddingford – nine riders set off, in two groups, on a route that went to Plaxtol via Seal and then at some pace through the flat lands of East Peckham, Yalding, Marden and Staplehurst before looping back on a parallel path a few miles to the south and then up to Laddingford. Food and service were both a good deal better than the coffee. The riders were Col Kane, the Richards Bingham & Green, John Baker, Steve Seagrove, Paul Geradine, Duncan Hodge, Nick Burrell and Andy Bradley.

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Kenneth Dean

posted this comment on February 23, 2022

B2 Ride from Polhill to Blue Anchor at St Mary’s Platt

Quick sandwich before joining the main group in the pub.

After a quickly rearranged start shifted from Lullingstone to Polehill it was encouraging to have a dry sunny morning with 12 riders in the group including David Parker (Backmarker), Dave C, Di, Roy Knight, Paul Mc, Cathy, Trish, Joe Mc, Clive, James M and Peter Woods.
A sunny dry morning but went chilly after lunch and few spots of rain on the way home. The Blue Anchor is a proper ‘cosy’ pub and we were made to feel welcome although I was surprised at the cost of 2 very ordinary coffees – I told myself I must try to get out more!

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Malcolm McIntyre

posted this comment on February 23, 2022

B1 group enjoyed a scenic route to Tonbridge, taking in the coach party favourites; Bewel Water, Chiddingstone Castle, Penshurst Place, with Igtham Mote thrown in on the return.
The Humphrey Bean was doing it’s best to recreate the dubious ambience of a wild west saloon and service was slower than usual. However, a meal and a pint still came in at about the same price as a coffee at Polhill.
The riders; Trevor S, Nick L-S, Malcolm A, Neville H, John T, Chris B, Paul S, Neil K, Malcolm M.

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Neil Kerrison

posted this comment on February 24, 2022

Pretty certain that we were nowhere near Bewl water; however, we did pass
twitchers at Bough Beech reservoir !!

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Ken Dean

posted this comment on February 23, 2022

Dutch Holiday July 2022

An important update has been circulated relating to the proposed holiday; a copy of which appears on the News Item on the home page.

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rosemary wakefield

posted this comment on February 22, 2022

B1 ride on 23th Feb will be from Polhill leaving at 11.00am as usual

Rosemary Wakefield

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Ray Hardinge

posted this comment on February 22, 2022

To all A1 Riders,
IMPORTANT
Due to a power failure at Lullingstone V.C. our ride tomorrow (23rd Feb) will now start at Pollhill.
We will be leaving at 11.00am. as usual.
Ray.

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Ken Dean

posted this comment on February 22, 2022

B2 Ride Wed 23 Feb
In the light of the recent post from Brian Wood, the B2 ride will start from Polhill at the normal time.
Ken

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Brian Wood

posted this comment on February 22, 2022

A message to all expecting to start at Lullingstone needs to be rearranged. I have been there today Tuesday 22nd and the power went off just before 10am. It will not get put on again until late evening Wednesday 23rd. I have phoned Barry and left a message on his answer phone.
Regards, Brian Wood. 🚴🏻‍♂️

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rosemary wakefield

posted this comment on February 22, 2022

B1 Ride this Wednesday 24th Feb

Michael W was going to lead the ride but is unwell so I will be leading the ride to Tonbridge. The route is on the Runs List
so if anyone can download it please do. Your help will be welcome
See you tomorrow
Rosemary Wakefield

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Malcolm McIntyre

posted this comment on February 22, 2022

I have downloaded the file and am happy to lead the ride using it, if that helps.

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Malcolm McIntyre

posted this comment on February 22, 2022

I would be starting from Polhill, in view of Lullingstone’sclosure.

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Paul Dean

posted this comment on February 17, 2022

Meridian Kit Order
Just a reminder that the deadline for ordering new kit is Wednesday 23 February. Existing prices have been held for this order, but will go up for future orders. It is easy to order via the website and you pay by BACS.
Paul Dean

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David Parker

posted this comment on February 17, 2022

B2 Ride Wednesday 16th February
A good route planned by Mike Yeo, who has tested positive for Covid, I followed his route relying on Garmin not to lead us astray.
Ten of us set off, accompanying me were Di Outram, Cathy Sharman, Trish Hewlett, Dave Collier, Brian Weekes, Paul McAteer, John Ropkins, Linda Kemp and Ken Dean. Di, Cathy, Trish and Dave all peeled off before Stansted.
We were joined in the Black Horse by Roy Marks,where we enjoyed our lunch. We were surprised to see ale from the Bexley Brewery in the Black Horse, we hadn’t heard of this brewery before.
Apart from John Ropkins getting a puncture as we returned through Farningham it was an incident free ride.

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Chris Simms

posted this comment on February 17, 2022

A Ride, Wednesday 16th February.
Five set off from the Olympic on a slightly blustery but dry day. They were Ray Hardinge, Martin Gill, Steve Hardy, Danny Eagles and myself. We climbed a very mucky School Lane before continuing through Ash to the top of Terry’s Lodge where Steve and Danny left us. The route then took us through Fairseat, Vigo, Trosley, Birling and both the Mallings before arriving at the North Pole for lunch. We were met there by Barry Barlow who had been unable to get to the start on time. Service was reasonably fast and the sandwich good although they seemed to have difficulty producing coffee afterwards.

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Colin Kane

posted this comment on February 16, 2022

Prems 16/02/22 Seal Café to The Bush Blackbird & Thrush.

I’d booked a table for ten as there seemed to be a fair bit of positive interest in returning to this once regular haunt of the old school Prems.

Wednesday morning arrived and there was a flurry of messages excusing themselves (I suspect the strong wind forecast may have been an influencing factor). Then Richard Bingham changed the mood by announcing that things were looking good down on the farm! He was talking about the weather I thought, but apparently the sheep were particularly excited to see him this morning (make of that what you will).

So nine gathered at the friendly café for a 10:30 start and we headed off in two groups via Riverhill, Leigh, Speldhurst The Pantilles of Tunbridge Wells then crossing the A21 to Matfield and Brenchley. A fairly hilly route which brought us to the final chase of the day though Collier Street to Yalding into a strong head wind. So we let Nick (I only use my big chain ring) Burrell to take the lead as we hid in his slip stream. Then finally East Peckham.

We received a very warm welcome in the pub which was overrun with three separate cycling groups one of the groups had two tricycles amongst their number which would have been great to witness on the road but they left before us. Despite the number of customers we were treated to a fairly rapid service from the friendly staff.

The nine of us then headed out onto the increasingly windy roads to make our respective ways home.

Those joining me today were: John Baker, Richard Bingham, Andy Bradley, Nick Burrell, Johnathan East, Paul Geradine, Richard Green and Duncan Hodge.

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Richard Bingham

posted this comment on February 16, 2022

Happy Birthday Col, top ride and thanks for the drinks.

All I’m saying it was a bit unnerving going to the shed this morning to get the bike out being watched by 60 pairs of eyes! Got to say though when I emerged with the old Trek Alpha their interest did seem to wain! 🙂

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Heather Sim

posted this comment on February 16, 2022

11 B1s set forth from the Olympic in search of the Golden Lion. The mission accomplished without incident we were rewarded with prompt, pleasant but unpretentious (moi) victuals. The undectet of riders were Paul and his son Tom, Bob, Paul, Malcolm, Neville, James, Rosemary, Michael, Danny and Trevor.

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Paul Geradine

posted this comment on February 13, 2022

Late Prems report: Wednesday 9 February
Route: Polhill GC – Swan on the Green, W Peckham, c34 miles via Farningham, Stansted, Trottiscliffe, W & E Malling & Yalding
Weather: Dry, sunny, mild
Swan: enjoyable but service slower than usual
Riders: John Baker, RIchard Bingham, Nick Burrell, Jon East, Paul Geradine, Richard Green, Colin Kane

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rosemary wakefield

posted this comment on February 13, 2022

AWAYDAY RIDES SUMMER 2022

We have received from Neil Kerrison the first offer to lead an AWAYDAY ride this summer on 22rd June.

It would be great to hear from other people if they would be able to lead an AWAYDAY ride this summer as we have had to stay local for the past 2 years

Please talk to Michael or me if we can help you with your idea for a ride.

Look forward to hearing from you

Rosemary and Michael Wakefield

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Kenneth Dean

posted this comment on February 10, 2022

Offer: 40% off OS Maps until Sunday 13th

Click here to go to the Dash4it website

Ken

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Barry Barlow

posted this comment on February 10, 2022

A1 Ride Wednesday 9th February 2022
Eight set off from Polhill on a very nice day. They were Ray Hardinge, Danny Eagles, Martin Gill, Chris Simms, Dominic Haslam, Stephen Hardy, Robert Bunce and Myself. Tony Reeve only came for coffee as the ride home would have been 32 miles for him. We started with a climb up Chelsfield Hill which got everybody vey warm. Another climb up Darenth Hill and we were nearly there. In spite of the two hard climbs there was only 970 feet of climbing. The Ship Inn was very average.
The weather was fantastic. Thanks for your company.

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John Thompson

posted this comment on February 10, 2022

Wednesday 9thFebruay B1 ride.
14 members joined me for a ride around Polhill. Danny Gazzi, arranged a pub stop at the end of the ride { Rose and Crown} well done Danny.
The riders there ;- Danny Gazzi, John Ropkins, Malcolm Mcintyre, Rosemary Wakefield, Mike Wakefield Trevor Sim, Paul McDonnell, Neville Hazel, Paul Moss, Roy knight, Paul Mcateer, Bob Stock, Joe McClenghan, Nick Leng Smith,
Roy Marks met us at the Pub.
Thank you for your company.
JT

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rosemary wakefield

posted this comment on February 9, 2022

Hello B1 Riders

Thank you to those who agreed to lead a ride during February and March. It would be good if you can let me have the details of your ride so I can put it on the Meridian list

Many Thanks
Rosemary Wakefield

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Malcolm McIntyre

posted this comment on February 15, 2022

I will lead from Lullingstone to Oxted Wetherspoons on Wed March 16th

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rosemary wakefield

posted this comment on February 7, 2022

Hello ALL B1 RIDERS

Leaders needed for the following dates

16th Feb from Olympic at Swanley
23rd Feb from Lullingstone Visitor Centre
2rd Mar from Polhill Garden Centre
9th Mar from Swanley Olympic

John T is leading B1 from Polhill G.C. this week. Hope to see you for a good ride this Wednesday 9th Feb

Rosemary Wakefield

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Dominic Haslam

posted this comment on February 3, 2022

A1 Ride: On an almost spring-like day 9 A1s set off from Lullingstone, having had a coffee while sitting inside the café, contrary to the indications on their website – further proof if any were needed that anything you read online should be taken with a hefty helping of scepticism!
We made our modest way over Knatts Valley and the Otford Hills then to Underriver where Bob and Danny peeled off. The remainers finished our ride on largely dry roads for a change (apart from the perennially mucky Egg Pie Lane) to have a pleasant lunch at the Windmill in Weald village. A lively conversation (!) kept us entertained through lunch then we went our various ways after dissecting the pluses and minuses of Baileys, Wickhurst, Hubbards, Carters etc, one of which we all had to choose to get home. Participants were Ray H, Barry B, Danny E, Tony R, Bob C, Steve H, Chris S, Martin G and me.

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steveburns

posted this comment on February 3, 2022

Prems 2/2/22 Teal Café to The Plough, Lingfield
Riders: John Baker, Steve Burns, Nick Burrell, Richard Green, Colin Kane, Steve Seagrove
Teal Café was an excellent meeting place, with an eagle eyed member of staff keeping an attentive watch on the outside bike parking and general Health and Safety. Richard Green then kindly conducted his weekly inspection on bike cleanliness and all but my own passed with flying colours.
We rode through the villages of Penshurst, Fordcombe and Groombridge in excellent conditions, before heading into Ashdown Forest. The Prems cruised up Kidd’s Hill, pausing briefly at the summit to compare heart rates, which were all fortunately registering levels above zero!
The ride continued through Forest Row and East Grinstead and we arrived at The Plough having averaged 16.76mph.
The waitress taking our order was very friendly, although her colleague delivering the food had a more deadpan approach and we were all quite scared when asking for the cutlery. The food was excellent, with Colin enjoying the Thai special (medium heat) and John Baker, creature of habit that he is, tucking into his bangers and mash (steadfastly refusing the side order of veg).
Topics of conversation over lunch included the different types of Subbuteo goalkeeper and how Colin got his dad’s old tandem into his loft.
With Kidd’s Hill still weighing heavy on my legs and the Katsu chicken burger sitting prominently in my stomach, I shamelessly hid at the back of the pack on the ride home through Edenbridge, with Colin doing a lot of the legwork. Steve S kindly powered us up Ide Hill, where we went our separate ways.
Thanks for your company chaps, it was a great day.
Steve B

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Nicholas Leng-Smith

posted this comment on February 3, 2022

Meridian B1 Blog Lullingstone Visitors’ Centre to Horton Kirby 2.2.22

Nine set off from Lullingstone Visitors’ Centre on a beautiful Spring day. Malcolm McIntyre, Trevor Sim, Peter Woods, Danny Gazzi, Paul McDonnell, Bob Stock, Paul Smith, Neville Hazell and Nick Leng-Smith. To Eynsford, Crockenhill, Daltons Road and Skeet Hill Lane to Orpington. Cockmannings Lane and North East to Swanley, then East to Darenth. South to Horton Kirby for lunch at The Fighting Cocks. Food OK although a little slow in arriving.
Although the ride went well, on his way home, and when by himself, Paul Smith was hit by a car in Eynsford. The driver, disgracefully, did not stop. Luckily, Paul appeared to be unharmed but his bike was badly damaged. Hope to see you back riding again soon, Paul.

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Cathy Sharman

posted this comment on February 2, 2022

And Paul M sorry Paul you are definitely not an after thought

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Cathy Sharman

posted this comment on February 2, 2022

B2s ride from Lullinstone to Chipstead Bricklayers Arms, 15 set off in 2 groups, Cathy, Trish, Neil K, Malcolm Austin, Joe M ,James M and new member Paul Moss, in the following group led ably as always by Ken D John B, welcome back, Dave C, David P, Linda, Mike Y, and Sally. The lead group arrived at Chipstead after a very pleasant tour of some of the more salubrious areas of Sevenoaks with out incident. The following group first had a run in with a shopping trolley resulting in a bashed knee, then some got separated somewhere, but all bar the injured knee made it to the Bricklayers arms.
Thank you every one for your very good company, it was remarked that we are a very courteous group with which i fully concur.

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David Parker

posted this comment on January 27, 2022

B2 ride 26th January
9 B2’s started from Swanley on a ride to The Old Jail at Biggin Hill, accompanying me were Paul Hills, Di Outram, Cathy Sharman, James Mullett, Linda Kemp, Paul Godfrey, Mike Yeo and Dave Collier.
Our route took us through Crockenhill, Well Hill, Chelsfield, Green St Green, and Knockholt.

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Barry Barlow

posted this comment on January 27, 2022

A1 ride Wednesday 26th January
7 A1s set off from the Olympic. They were Bob Craig, Martin Gill, Martin Howe, Ray Hardinge, Danny Eagles, Steve Hardy. Bob decided to peel off when the route nearly passed his house. That left six, but apparently Paul from the B1s Joined us at Three Gates Road, as nobody told me I was not aware of it and he did not make it to lunch. Ray nearly did not make lunch as he got so far ahead, he took a wrong turn, but he found us in the Bo-Peep where the food and service were good.

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John Baker

posted this comment on January 26, 2022

A few late cancellations resulted in a group of 8 Prems meeting in Seal for a ride to the Duke of Wellington in Ryarsh. Two P45s set off a few minutes ahead of the main group of P1s. The route took us via Plaxtol, Brenchley and East Farleigh with two main climbs – Matfield and Hunton. The rabbits were caught after about 25 miles and we rode on to the final destination together. Overall about 35 miles and 3000 feet climbing.

Food at the DoW was tasty although service was a bit slow as they were very busy which was good to see. Riding with me were Colin Kane, Paul Geradine, Nick Burrell, Duncan Hodge, Steve Seagrove, Andy Bradley and Richard Green.

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Heather Sim

posted this comment on January 26, 2022

3 Pauls and 5 other B1s set off from the Olympic. One Paul was press ganged into joining the A1s we met on route but the magnificent 7 pressed on to The Bell, where we had good food and drink and a slight telling off for not advising them of our arrival. The magnificent were Trevor, Paul S, Paul M, Malcolm, Nick, Danny and Bob.

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Malcolm McIntyre

posted this comment on January 26, 2022

Thanks for a well planned ride Trevor.
Might be time to ask Heather for permission to have your own e-mail address, but perhaps she’s worried about what you would get up to once you had unfettered access to the internet?

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Paul Dean

posted this comment on January 25, 2022

Highway Code

I have written a short guide to the fundamental changes to help cyclists in the new Highway Code. It becomes official guidance from this Saturday 29 January 2022. It will take a while for these changes to filter through to drivers and for the police to start enforcing them. The short guide is not intended to be definitive and is not a substitute for reading the updated Highway Code when it is published. The changes are very significant and should help to make cycling safer in the future.
Paul Dean
Club Secretary

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Ken Dean

posted this comment on January 25, 2022

New Highway Code
The new highway code has new guidance/rules for cyclists, motorists and pedestrians. We need a short note (250-500 words?) on the website to summarise the main changes. If you fancy producing such a note, please contact me asap.
Ken Dean

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Ken Dean

posted this comment on January 25, 2022

I have a volunteer who is ready to go.

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Paul Smith

posted this comment on January 21, 2022

19 January 2022 from PollHill to Lingfield

Somehow I couldn’t remember my password and I
I apologise wholeheartedly for my failure to post a report on the ride to Lingfield last Wednesday, January 19th
Please forgive me for such a slow response for the blog. Hopefully I will learn from this.
Members riding below:
Trevor Sims, Christopher Brett, Paul McAteer, Mike and. P Rosemary Wakefield, Danny Gazzi, Malcolm McIntyre, Paul McDonnell, Nick Leng-Smith, Bob Stock, and Paul Smith.

Our route moved onto from Sundridge and moved on towards Toy’s Hill and close to Emmets garden. There were some who thought that there was too much undulation in the course. Rosemary found it too warm for a time. We moved down into four elms and then Edenbridge. We arrived at Lingfield at about 13:00 at the star pub. I asked people what I thought about the food and the timing and they seem generally happy with those features.Somehow I missed something as we left the pub. There was some discussion about changing the course leading Titsy Hill area. Somehow I may have missed something but before I could discuss with they had gone ahead and I didn’t have a chance to explain that I had already planned a route which would go up to Ide Hill. Somebody had pimped my route. Anyway we followed and it seemed as though there wasn’t much coordination and balance I had missed some Important information. We headed on towards Hurst Green and then toward Westerham and then on towards Sevenoaks and unfortunately Mike had a puncture. It was only when I got home I heard that Malcolm had punctured as well and it seems to have been a day of trials. Finally I apologise that I nearly caused a accident where a lady was remonstrating about something and I braked too hard and could’ve injured those behind myself.I am very contrite.

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Ray Hardinge

posted this comment on January 20, 2022

The A1s set off in a group of 9 yesterday. Tony R. peeled off for home at the bottom of Ide Hill, with Robert B. and a surprise rider, (who was indeed surprised to be with us at all, since he intended to ride with the B1’s) also turning off at the top of the hill. The remaining riders, Chris S., Barry B., Dom H., Martin G., Danny E. and myself, had a brisk spin through Leigh, Shipbourne and then up Gover Hill. Lunch at the Swan in W. Peckham was convivial which was fortunate since the food took almost an hour to arrive. So we set off for a drizzly and chilly ride home, glad to get home for a hot shower.

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nburrell

posted this comment on January 19, 2022

Prems Ride Report – Wed 19th Jan
Nine riders departed Pollhill on a slightly murky but thankfully frost free morning. We sloshed down Shacklands and through Shoreham before tackling Rowdow and Tinker Pot Lane in close succession. Then round Brands and up to Stansted before descending Vigo. The lumpiness continued through Offham Crouch and Plaxtol, but with the sun now poking through to compensate. Finally we skirted past Hildenborough before arriving at The Little Brown Jug in Chiddingstone Causeway.
Food was good and efficient for most in pleasant surroundings. Drizzle had set in while we were lunching so another muddy slosh to Hubbards whereafter the group dissipated to their different destinations.
On the road today were myself, Colin Kane, John Baker, Steve Seagrove, Andrew Bradley, Richard Bingham, Jonathan East, Richard Green and Duncan Hodge, with Dave Hickman riding out to meet us at the pub.

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Paul Godfrey

posted this comment on January 19, 2022

B2 big turnout of B2 riders from Polhill so 2 groups were formed Ken Dean leading one and the remainder with me. Nice route to the South of Knole Park where the rear group took a dastardly opportunity to overtake. Excellent food as always at The Bell in Kemsing caught in the rain when we left. Riding today were Dave Parker, Paul McAteer, Roy Knight, Di, Sally, James Mullett, Cathy, Trish, Linda, Clive, Peter Woods, Ken Dean, Joe McLenaghan. Ken Mould and myself. Thanks for the company.

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Chris Simms

posted this comment on January 16, 2022

A1 Ride, Wednesday 12th January.
Five left Lullingstone after a very chilly coffee outside with ice on the tables and chairs. We rode via Farningham and up a very mucky School Lane where Rob Bunce got a front wheel blowout and elected to head for home. Steve Hardy left us at New Ash Green which left Barry Barlow, Dom Haslam and myself to continue to Meopham, Harvel and Ryarsh before arriving at the Blue Anchor, Platt for lunch. Bob Craig met us there after a somewhat shorter ride. A beautiful day although the low sun made seeing where you were going quite difficult.

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Richard Bingham

posted this comment on January 12, 2022

Prems Ride Report: Wed 12 Jan,
Beautiful winters day for being on the bike… dry, clear sky, no wind and temps well above freezing. With the club start at LVC, following pre ride coffees (thanks for these John), seven members headed off for a 32miler to the Kentish Rifleman at Dunks Green even before the other groups had amassed for their rides… most unlike us! Up Shacklands and West along the top of the downs. We descended Brasted Hill and continued West along Pilgrims to Limpsfield. We were then able to press on a bit as we headed South to Edenbridge before looping back East through Four Elms and Leigh and on to Dunks Gn. Colin’s absence from the front on these later stretches was remarked upon with suggestions he may well be saving himself for the final village sign sprint. Colin kicked off his effort some 30 yards before the sign and despite Nicks best efforts his jump proved decisive. Well done Col. Nice to be back at the Rifleman, a pub we’ve not visited since 2019. The welcome, open fires and radiators were all nice and warm and the food good if a little slow arriving. With me for the ride were John Baker, Steve Burns, Nick Burrell, Paul Geradine (peeled off early), Richard Green and Colin Kane and we were also met at the pub by Dave Hickman

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Heather Sim

posted this comment on January 12, 2022

My avatar led two teams of B2 troopers across the North West Kent region of planet Earth on a bright but cold morning stopping at the Cyclopark for revictualing and repairs before making the return journey to Lullingstone. The super troopers were Brian, Joe, Malcolm, Mike, Linda, Cathy, Di, Trish, Paul M, Paul G, Ken M, Dave and Ken D. Thank you to Paul G and Ken D for also taking point and being rear gunner. Thank you Trevor for leading a ride I had committed to!

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rosemary wakefield

posted this comment on January 11, 2022

B1 RIDE TOMORROW
LULLINGSTONE TO KENTISH MAN EAST PECKHAM – PUB EXPECTING US
SUN IS GOING TO SHINE – SEE YOU IN SHORTS AND T SHIRTS WITH YOUR SUN TAN LOTION!!!!!
WAKERS WAKEFIELD

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Colin Kane

posted this comment on January 10, 2022

The Old Portlians Cycle Club’s Reliability Trial is advertised on our homepage. I’m sure some of you will be aware of the club as some of Old Ports are also members of Meridian.
A reliability ride is not a race but, but an opportunity to ride a predetermined route within a time of your choosing.
There are two routes available, 100km or 68km and both routes will be available to download shortly from the Old Ports website.
The date for the event is from 09:00 on Sunday 13th Feb and the start and finish point will be Knockhalt Village Hall. Entry fee is £5.
Refreshments will be available before and after the event.(Covid restrictions allowing).
Please check their website for more details or contact Julian Hutchings. (see members details)

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Barry Barlow

posted this comment on January 9, 2022

A1 ride Wednesday 5th January
Six left the Olympic Danny Eagles, Chris Simms, Ray Hardinge, Martin Gill, Jonathan ? and myself we were met in Shoreham by Dominic Haslam. I was a very cold but sunny day for out ride to the Bull at Chelsham Common where the food was excellent. A very cold but for me short return journey.

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rosemary wakefield

posted this comment on January 8, 2022

B1 RIDERS

We need some leaders for our rides Please can you look in your diaries and choose a date and let me know so I can put it on the Meridian site

12th January Start Lullingstone 19th January Start Polhill G.C. 26th January start Swanley Olymyic

2rd February start Lullingstone 9th February start Polhill G.C.

You can choose the route and where you would like to make a lunch stop

Look forward to hearing from you

Rosemary Wakefield

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David Parker

posted this comment on January 6, 2022

B2 Ride Wednesday 5th January
At coffee Paul Godfrey advised me that one road was closed with lots of BT engineers, as he knew an alternative route to get past this, he offered to lead for the first half of the ride.
We set of with 15 riders being a mixture of B1’s and B2’s. Some of the B1’s set off ahead of the main group taking a slightly different route.

Our route took us through Crockenhill, Chelsfield, Pratts Bottom, skirting round Knockholt and Biggin Hill to The Old Ship at Tatsfield. Out of the 15 starters only 8 arrived in Tatsfield, with me there were Mike Yeo, Trish Hewlett, Cathy Shraman, Paul McAteer, Nick Leng-Smith, Trevor Sim and Danny Gazzi arrived shortly before us.

Riders we lost on route for a variety of different reasons were Roy Knight, Ken Mould, Rosemary and Mike Wakefield, Neville ,Linda Kemp, Paul Godfrey. Sally Maxwell joined us for lunch.

Many thanks to Paul for leading us around the closed road.

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Bob Hazell

posted this comment on January 6, 2022

If it’s useful to anyone Strava have sent an update on the login problem I posted about a while ago. Basically I’ve used the Strava app for years but suddenly a few months ago I logged out and haven’t been able to log back in on any Apple device. The browser version of Strava is unaffected so the app issue is simply a nuisance for me as I record activities on Garmin & Polar devices and only use Strava to store them. However people who use the app to record their rides could find themselves unable to do so. Anyway this is Strava’s update:
“Regarding the login issue [on] iPad, our team is tracking a known issue where athletes report they are able to login [] on most devices but remain unable to login using a specific iOS device. This issue is quite complicated, but [essentially] involves a token used to verify that the device which is attempting to login to your account is actually the device it says it is. When this token does [not] match expectations, the login attempt cannot be completed successfully. Our engineers are actively investigating this situation.”
I’ve told Strava that in my case (& at least one other I know) it’s not possible to log back in on ANY Apple device and the problem isn’t solved even by factory resetting the device. Anyway I hope this may prevent others from having a similar problem. If you use the Strava app to record rides on an Apple device it’s probably safest never to log out of the app till the issue is resolved.

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Colin Kane

posted this comment on January 6, 2022

Prems, Wednesday 05/01/22 ride report.
We kicked off the year with a shortish ride to an old favourite. The Kentish Horse at Markbeech, where we knew there would be a good open fire and hot radiators to warm our bones and our gloves.
Just five of us headed off from our meeting place on Brittains Lane, to make our way along St Julian’s to Plaxtol and we were already a man down. A slow puncture giving Andy Bradley the excuse he needed to head home for the comfort of a warm shower and hot coffee!!
The rest of us continued through Leigh, up onto the Bidborough Ridge then down through Penshurst, a climb to Fordcombe, back down to Groombridge and on to Hartfield.
Then the drag up to Cowden where our last member for the day passed us at speed! Dave Hickman in a surprising return to form, ably assisted by the heated seats and steering wheel of his BMW would join us for lunch.
Those completing the ride on two wheels today were Paul Geradine, Nick Burrel, Richard Bingham and myself.
A cold bright day and a good start to the New Year.

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rosemary wakefield

posted this comment on January 4, 2022

HAPPY NEW YEAR B! riders

We are still looking for ride leaders for January Is anyone able to lead tomorrow 5th Jan from the Olympic? Please have a look at the dates for January and offer to lead.
Many Thanks

Rosemary Wakefield

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rosemary wakefield

posted this comment on December 29, 2021

B1 GROUP
I hope you have all had a good Christmas and are looking forward to cycling in January
Leaders are needed for the following dates

5th Jan from Swanley Olympic

12th Jan from Lullingstone

19th Jan from Polhill G C

26th Jan from Swanley Olympic

Hope you can lead on one of these dates

Rosemary

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John Thompson

posted this comment on December 26, 2021

I cannot lead the ride on the 29 December 2021.
A replacement leader required.
Happy New Year.

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Cathy Sharman

posted this comment on December 22, 2021

Rosemary and Cathy rode with Mike to the start at Lullingstone where we met Neville, there being no other B1 or 2 we combined forces. Neville left us at Twitton, determined not to abandon the ride immediately we went on to Kemsing. The Bell is still not doing food as the chefs have gone down with Covid so i introduced Mike and Rosemary to the Italian café.
Home via Seal at 1.30, very glad to have been out even for a short ride

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Barry Barlow

posted this comment on December 22, 2021

Wednesday 22nd December
Happy Christmas Everyone
After a very cold but not icy ride, I turned up at Lullingstone to see that we had to sit outside. Chris Simms was already there, and Bob Craig turned up slightly later. Due to the cold weather and the fact that the ride was in the ‘wrong’ direction for both of them, they decided not to come on my ride.
I thought the wisest thing was to abandon the ride and went home via a roundabout route.
The hot shower was lovely.

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Sally Maxwell

posted this comment on December 21, 2021

Just to let you know I tested positive for Covid on Monday 20th Dec and am asked to advise any contacts I had within 7 days of the positive test. If you were at the Christmas lunch on 15th, you may wish to take a lateral flow test. I did test negative on the day of the lunch. I only have mild cold symptoms, but sadly have had to cancel a trip to Glasgow for Christmas.

Happy Christmas to you all. May it be Covid free!

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Barry Barlow

posted this comment on December 16, 2021

Wednesday 15th December
Only three of us set off for a brisk ride before Xmas Lunch at the Hight Elms Golf Club. We were Myself, Chris Simms, and Martin Gill. We climbed a few hills before returning to an excellent lunch very well organised by Heather Sim.

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Colin Kane

posted this comment on December 16, 2021

Prems 15th Dec
Nine more sleeps till Christmas! (not counting afternoon naps 😜)
A big turnout for this short by our standards ride from The Kings Head, Bessels Green to the Stanhope, Brasted, which would suit some as they were still recovering from either Covid/Colds or a general lack of time in the saddle.
Back Lane took us to Goathurst Common and then on down Baileys Hill.
An easy pace ride saw everyone switching places to catch up with the chat from friends not seen for a while. While the newbies introduced themselves.
A loop around Wellers Town, Markbeech and Edenbridge brought us to Limpsfield and a chance to hit the gas with a final sprint along the A25 to Brasted.
This is sadly where I left the group and headed home. With the current increased level of Covid cases locally and family celebration just a few days away, I felt the risk of missing out on a family Christmas outweighed the disappointment of missing lunch with my mates.
So I left Richard Bingham, Richard Green, Steve Burns, John Baker, Andy Bradley, Pete Glanfield, Dave Hickman, Duncan Hodge and Paul Geradine to enjoy what was by all accounts a very good lunch.
I went home and had a tin of soup and a roll 🙁.

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brian weekes

posted this comment on December 15, 2021

Noticed whilst out walking last week new drains fitted in the road in Skibbs lane near to Chelsfield.no more venturing into the unknown?

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Bob Hazell

posted this comment on December 15, 2021

I recently needed to sign out of my account on the Strava app. Since then I’ve been unable to sign back in on the app. I get the message “something went wrong, please try again”. I can sign in on the Strava browser site but that isn’t suitable for recording rides. Strava is aware of the problem & sent me this message:
“At the current time [Strava] don’t have an estimate of when this will be resolved, but our Engineers are looking into it as it is impacting a number of our Athletes using certain Apple devices (iPhones and iPads). If you’re not able to sign in using Google or Facebook as a workaround […] the best workaround would be to sign in on your iPad using the iPad browser instead of the App.”
Till the problem is fixed it might be best not to sign out of the app. I hope this is helpful especially if you use the Strava app to record your activities as well as chronicle them.

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Heather Sim

posted this comment on December 13, 2021

For all those coming to Christmas Dinner

High Elms have asked if you would please take a Lateral Flow Test on Wednesday morning. Please only let me know the result if you test positive; use my mobile (07502 035983) or Whats App or email me (heather.sim85@gmail.com). Looking forward to a festive time together.

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Barry Barlow

posted this comment on December 10, 2021

All ,
grateful message from Pam (Gerry Kemp’s daughter)
Can you convey on the bike blog my absolute grateful thanks for the response to my Dad’s loneliness, my Dad has been so uplifted with the visits and calls from friends from the club, he tells me all about the visits and is reminded of his happiest memories, you have all made and are continuing to make a very significant difference to his world, we will be forever grateful to you all and wish you all the very best for Christmas and New Year. Pam xx

Original Message from Gerry Kemps Daughter-
Hi There Some of the club members may remember my father Gerry Kemp, who enjoyed many years being a part of the club. Dad is now unfortunately housebound, and hard of hearing, his wife is in a care home now so finds himself lonely, and fed up. We pop in as much as we can to support him, but if anyone who remembers Gerry would be able to pop in for a cuppa he would be over the Moon! My contact number is 07796615081 or email. Kindest regards Pam

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David Sims

posted this comment on December 8, 2021

As Malcolm mentioned in his ride report I peeled off to check out the Teal cafe at the bottom of River Hill just past the A21 roundabout,
The cafe is clean plenty of room, marquee and outside area, proper selection of coffees, pastries looked good and a mixed menu, Not cheap like a greasy spoon but pretty good value
It makes a good option for a winter ride, take your pick of route home ,One tree, Hubbard, Baileys and River Hiil

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Tricia Hewlett

posted this comment on December 10, 2021

Well done Dave and such a lovely choice of hills for homeward journey! That’s a definite for my next ride.

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Richard Bingham

posted this comment on December 8, 2021

Ride Report: Prems Wed 8 Dec

Seven riders gathered at Polhill (a couple of whom actually managed to get a coffee) for a 40 miler to The Bell at Kemsing. The route would take us out the backdoor (down Shacklands) up the valley to Horton Kirby and East to Cobham before the fab descent of Cobhambury and the M2 Bridge. A long wait for Duncan on the South side, with some members starting to think he must have jumped! but he appeared eventually having stopped to take a couple of photos.
We pressed on South into a challenging wind to Aylesford but fortunately Nick was happy to sit on the front and pull us along. The easy way back through the Mallings to the pub in Kemsing where it was great to meet Ray Brake out on the bike and looking in good shape.

Usual warm welcome, good service and value at the Bell. Riders joining me were John Baker, Andy Bradley, Nick Burrell, Jon East, Duncan Hodge and Colin Kane

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Dominic Haslam

posted this comment on December 8, 2021

A1 ride – 11 riders set off from Polhill just before 11:00 after some confusion over the start time, into some chilly and slightly windy conditions heading for Offham by way of Well Hill , Crockenhill, Farningham, Ash and Trottiscliffe. We soon discovered that we were protected from the wind when the route went down small hedge-lined lanes, but unfortunately this is the hedge-cutting season, so we then had to contend with tractors and a mass of debris in the roads, exacerbated by the overnight rain washing leaves and mud into our path. It was a miracle we had no punctures, or worse. A couple of large lorries also rather impeded progress, including an artic low-loader facing off against 3 cars on a single track road – they’re probably still there. The route was a little lumpy, no mountains, but enough uphill to keep us warm. Messrs Craig and Bunce deserted us before lunch, so we became 9 as we carried on towards food. After the later than expected (by some of us) start, we realised we weren’t going to make the pub at the prescribed time, so we phoned our orders ahead which turned out in our favour in the end – when we did eventually arrive at the Kings Arms in Offham our food was served in about 3 minutes, even before our drinks order! The food was good and excellent value, served by the friendliest staff despite our late arrival. The energetic eleven were Ray H, Barry B, Chris S, Bob C, Rob B, Stephen H, Martins H and G, Tony R and Danny E who I don’t think whistled once all day – probably a comment on the route!

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Malcolm McIntyre

posted this comment on December 8, 2021

Five B1s departed Polhill under clear skies and winter sunshine, some having managed to get coffee. A hastily improvised Badgers Mount loop enabled us to add a tardy Danny Gazzi to the fold. We followed the planned route to West Malling, but Dave Sims left halfway to investigate pastures new.
At the Five Pointed Star we had; good food, good service and the boozers seemed satisfied with the beer. We stopped to admire the new blue plaque to commemorate the Beatles Magical Mystery Tour, then wound our way home in the rather chilly wind. Other riders were; Bob Stock, Paul McDonnell, Trevor Sim and self.

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rosemary wakefield

posted this comment on December 6, 2021

BI RIDE WEDNESDAY 8TH DECEMBER

The ride is to a spicy resturant Desh in West Malling. B2`s are also going there. It is a licenced establishment and does light bites. Menu on their web site. Unfortunately I will not be able to act as leader and Mike is not able to take over from me. The route is on the runs list so will another B1 rider please take over from us.

Rosemary

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Reginald Oakley

posted this comment on December 5, 2021

To describe the South side of Toys Hill as character forming, must be the understatement of the year. Beyond me these days but my recollections of it go into the expletive category.

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Tony Reeve

posted this comment on December 5, 2021

Five stalwarts of the A1s, Ray H. Chris S. Danny E. Martin H. and Tony R.set off on a damp windy Saturday morning from Otford bound for Brasted via Oxted and Four Elms.Martin peeled off early with a mechanical followed by Ray a little later. The climb of Toys Hill from the south proved character forming.Service at the newly refurbished Stanhope Arms was quick and friendly.

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Ray Hardinge

posted this comment on December 2, 2021

8 A1s set off from home for yesterday’s ride to Meopham. But Bob C. had a catastrophic mechanical failure before ever getting to Lullingstone, which left 7 of us – Barry B, Chris S., Martins H. and G., Robert B., Dom H and myself – to take a windy course up Terrys Lodge. At the top Barry sped off over the horizon, not to be seen again, and soon after Robert peeled off for home. The remaining 5 enjoyed a chilly, but semi-sunny ride to The George in Meopham where to our surprise we soon welcomed Barry back into the group. A very efficient and friendly landlady quickly rustled up a hearty lunch for us all in the warm and friendly bar. We left early to ensure that all arrived home before the rain in the afternoon forecast duly arrived.

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nburrell

posted this comment on December 1, 2021

Eight Prems departed Lullingstone at 10.30 with a target of covering the 40 circular miles to Tatsfield in time for lunch.
Early morning rain had not deterred Steve Seagrove, Richard Bingham, Richard Green, John Baker, Andrew Bradley, Duncan Hodge and Colin Kane from joining me on my inaugural outing as a Meridian ride leader. The weather brightened (relatively) as we set off toward Farningham before heading along Knatts Valley. A left turn up Knatts Lane ensured that we had a good chunk of the days climbing under our belts within 8 miles of starting – everyone (or anyone who could speak) said that they enjoyed it.
The rest of the morning winding through Ightham, Plaxtol, Hildenborough, Hever, Edenbridge was flat/rolling with a strong westerly wind making itself felt along the way.
With lunch beckoning, the final challenge of the day was Pains Hill followed by Clackets Lane and Church Hill to Tatsfield, arriving bang on 1pm.
Ye Old Ship provided us with typical pub fare, plenty of space and no concerns about damaging the upholstery. Service was on the slow side of adequate but provided a convenient location for everyone to get home before December darkness set in.
Thanks to a great group for an enjoyable day out….
Nick

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Duncan Hodge

posted this comment on December 1, 2021

Thankyou for organising Nick – a great day out.
Colin also treated me with a trip up Beddlestead Lane for a final kick in the pants so I treated him to a hailstorm in Norman Park !! A win-win all round 🙂
Thanks again, Duncan.

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Ken Dean

posted this comment on December 1, 2021

Wed 1st Dec: Bs Lullingstone to The Bell at Kemsing

It was a damp morning but with the promise of things getting better but colder – which is what happened.

There was a fair number of B2s but a smaller number of reluctant B1s. We decided to merge into two B2 groups, I led the ‘faster’ group and Linda Kemp and Mike Yeo kindly volunteered to take the remainder.

We did about 18 miles via South Darenth, Fawkham Green, Ash and Terry’s Lodge. Paul Godfrey and Chris Brett had punctures – no doubt as a result riding over hedge cuttings. As a result we were well fragmented by the time we arrived in Kemsing. Before settling on The Bell, I had ‘phoned the Blue Anchor @ Platt and the The George @ Trotiscliffe – both were busy with other parties; the George and Dragon at Wrotham have apparently stopped serving food.

*My group comprised Trish, *Paul Godfrey. Heather & Trevor, *Mike and *Rosemary, *John T, Chris Brett, Joe Mc, Paul Mc, Danni G and Neville Hazel. ; were were joined at Kemsing by Paul Hills and Peter Ham and various other Meridian members dressed in civvies.

* denotes ebikes.

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Stephen Hardy

posted this comment on November 25, 2021

Very good turn out on behalf of the A1s for a short ride (21 miles, blame me – dental appointment in the afternoon) from the Olympic to The Crown in Shoreham. Meant to be 8 on the ride with 2 (Tony Reeve and Rob Bunce ) meeting at the pub and Martin Gill not sure if he would make the ride or meet at the pub through injury. As it turned out Rob and Martin both joined the ride alongside, Barry Barlow, Ray Hardinge, Danny Eagles, Bob Craig, Martin Howe, Chris Simms and myself. After few miles I stopped to make sure everyone was still together to discover we had Peter Woods from the B1s with us. Apparently, he’d seen a group of Meridians on their grand depart from the Olympic and thought it was his group. Peter had no problems keeping with the group – benefit of an e-bike! I hope we made you welcome Peter and you enjoyed your ride? Our route headed north from the Olympic then turning East to Darenth where we turned South then West towards Horton Kirby, then South West to Farnigham, up to Crockenhill, towards old Chelsfield before heading South to Shoreham in time for an early lunch at 12:15, where Tony joined us making us 11 for lunch. Drinks and food were served quickly and good quality too. Mine costing £9 and I don’t think everyone else’s was that much more. An early lunch meant an early depart home, some choosing to do a few more miles, but my dental appointment beckoned, so I headed straight home and as I’d chosen The Crown with this in mind I only had to do 7 miles to get there.

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brian weekes

posted this comment on November 25, 2021

12 riders set out from the Olympic on Wednesday 24 November Dave Simms Mike Yeo Dave Collier Pauls Mcateer and Hills Jonn Ropkins Neville Hazell Roy Knight Heather Sim Di Outram and Cathy Sharman.Dave Mike Cathy and Di left us en route
We can no longer ride through the drive off Manor Lane Fawkham and the grounds of the now departed Fawkham Manor Hospital,the gates closed and no obvious exit at the other end,a once pleasant and quiet route.The Ship at Southfleet provided Food Drink and Warmth after a cool ride Brian Weekes

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ABradley

posted this comment on November 25, 2021

Seven Prems (Colin Kane, Richard Bingham, John Baker, Nick Burrell, Duncan Hodge, Andrew Bradley and guest Steve Seagrove) left Bessels Green in weather that could charitably be described as fresh and invigorating. The route took us south to Markbeech, then across to Lingfield and Newchapel, north to Outwood and Bletchingly before an eastward track to Brasted and lunch at the Stanhope Arms – a ride of 45 miles and approximately 3000 ft of climbing. The Stanhope Arms was a revelation to those members who remembered it (fondly?) for its inebriated barmaid and tardy service – quite a bit of money appears to have been spent on the very recent refurbishment to turn it into a light, airy pub with a welcoming landlord and landlady and a varied, well-priced menu. Definitely a pub to which we should return.

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Christopher H Brett

posted this comment on November 25, 2021

B1 Ride 24th November 2021
Only 5 stalwarts out today – Paul McDonnell, Bob Stock, Paul Smith, Trevor Sim and yours truly.
We had an interesting ride from The Olympic to Erith with the mapping on my Garmin route seemingly rebooting almost continuously but once on The Thames Path all was fine.
We got to the Greenwich Peninsular by crossing the River using the Greenwich foot tunnel, riding on to the Emirates cable car for the crossing. This was ridden at a pace averaging only 9.9mph so we had lunch at the Emirates Cafe on the Peninsular arriving at 12.50 having left the Olympic at 10.40. The food was served quite quickly and was amazingly cheap – a tea, small pasty and a brownie for £6.85!
We then made our way home along The Thames Path, turned in towards Greenwich, passing through Greenwich Park and crossing Blackheath, on to Eltham, Mottingham, Chislehurst and then we split for home.
A chilly but almost windless day.
Thanks for your company lads!

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Christopher H Brett

posted this comment on November 23, 2021

B1 ride 24Nov.
Due to leave The Olympic, Stanley at 10.30.
I still plan to do this as although tonight is forecast as cold no frost is forecast. Start could be delayed once we’re at Swanley.
Lights might be required as it’s cloudy.
Chris Brett

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Tony Reeve

posted this comment on November 22, 2021

Majorca 22

A little more info on pricing about the Majorca trip.
I booked my room at the hotel this morning, £341 half board.
Transfer from the airport €78 max 4 persons per cab.

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Tony Reeve

posted this comment on November 21, 2021

Majorca 22

After a long winter what could be better than cycling in Mediterranean sunshine?

I am planning a trip to Majorca May 8th – 14th 2022.This will give 5 full days cycling.

Accommodation: Hotel Exagon Park (4*)Ca’n Picafort. The hotel is situated next to a nature reserve and is close to the beach,restaurants and bars.At the moment 5 nights half board is approx £420.
Don’t want to travel with a bike ? There a lot of bike hire businesses on the island including some that will deliver hire bikes to the hotel.
If you are not familiar with Majorca , the island govt. has invested heavily in cycle infrastructure, there are many quiet roads and cycle routes. The centre of the island is flat. To the west and north are the mountains including the climbs of Sa Colobra and Puig Major if you want to test your legs.
Three of the A1 group are definitely going. Rides will include stops for coffee and lunch and run at touring pace. The idea is to enjoy the holiday not run a training camp (if you want to ride a faster pace that’s upto you)
I plan to arrange a mini bus transfer to/from the hotel.
Any takers?

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John Baker

posted this comment on November 18, 2021

A depleted group of just 4 Prems rode from Polhill on a glorious day. The 37 mile route took us via Edenbridge, Markbeech, Penshurst & Paddock Wood to The Chequers at Laddingford. The two main climbs were Toys Hill and Rogues Hill. Overall just shy of 4000 feet of climbing. Riding with me were Richard Bingham, Andrew Bradley and guest Steve Seagrove.

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David Parker

posted this comment on November 18, 2021

B2 ride to The Black Horse in Stansted.
Brilliant Autumn sunshine for our ride to Stansted with great views of amazing Autumn colours.
With me were Cathy Sharman, Linda Kemp, Di Outram, Heather Sim, Trevor Sim, Roy Knight, Neville Hazell, John Ropkins, Paul Godfrey, Neil Kerrison, Ken Dean and Brian Weekes. Many thanks to Paul and Ken for assisting with leading and navigation.

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Tricia Hewlett

posted this comment on November 18, 2021

Avec moi!
Trish

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John Thompson

posted this comment on November 17, 2021

B1 Ride to Benover and the Woolpack,
Wonderfully weather on a flat dry roads.
With me to day Peter Woods, Joe McClenagham, David Morgan, Paul Smith,
Mike and Rosemary met us at the Woolpack.
John Thompson

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Ray Hardinge

posted this comment on November 17, 2021

Some last minute shuffling of the leader (Steve H phoned in with a cold) and a brief, but very welcome, appearance of Dom, meant that I led the A1s (Barry B., Martin G., Danny E., Bob C., and Duncan H.) to The Old Bell at Oxted. A circuitous route in brilliant sunshine along the Pilgrims Way, with a brief stop for a puncture repair, then via the Ridge, down Chalk Pit Lane, and across Staffhurst Wood ending in Old Oxted, where we enjoyed a very tasty and reasonably priced lunch. Thanks to all for an enjoyable ride, and Steve, get well soon – in time to lead next week’s ride.

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Christopher H Brett

posted this comment on November 14, 2021

B1 Ride on Wed 24th Nov departing The Olympic, Swanley @ 10.30am.
The route is intended to take us to the O2 on the Greenwich Peninsular by travelling along the Thames south side paths and crossing the River using the Woolwich foot tunnel then along the Thames north side to the Cable Car where we can cross at high level to arrive on the Greenwich Peninsular and find a suitable lunch spot – plenty of choice.
The Cable Car crossing costs about £6.50 but with a London Freedom Pass you would get a discounted rate.
There are route options if the weather isn’t too good or riders don’t want to pay for the cable car.
My intended route back passes through Lewisham and Eltham using back routes as much as possible.
Rosemary W please put this on the Runs List

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Brian Wood

posted this comment on November 14, 2021

The cable car ride should be £4 one way. You can do it by contactless. One bike in a cabin. Don’t try weekends or when kids are on holiday. Good luck.

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Colin Kane

posted this comment on November 11, 2021

The Ship Inn at Southfleet was our destination today. An ambitious route of 45 miles that would require an ave speed of 18mph if we were to arrive at 1pm
The cycling gods had a different plan!
Checking my watch as we left LVC we were ten mins late.
A larger group than usual of eight. Even though some of our regulars were otherwise engaged.
We decided to break into two groups, Andy Bradley took his guest for the day Steve and new member Duncan while lead the field with wing man, Richard Bingham. In our group we had new members Steve Burns, Richard Green and Nick Burrel.
We turned off the Eynsford Rd to climb Bower Lane and Andy knew he was in trouble. The battery on his Di2 front mech was dying and he was not able to shift gear. His guest for the day Steve was having his own issues with a cleat not locking in, so they messaged to say they were returning home and released Duncan to bridge the already substantial gap between the two groups. Fortunately for Duncan, Nick had picked up a puncture on the Coteman’s Ash descent and he caught us while it was being repaired in Heaverham.
We were now seriously behind schedule. A reworking of the route to remove the Leigh loop saw us turning left at the bottom of Mote lane through Shipbourne and Dunks Green to our blue ribbon climb of the day, Long Mill Lane up to Crouch. A hotly contested village sign sprint for many years in the Prems. But there are new kids on the block!
Steve B and Steve G hit the hill hard from the start and although we reeled them back in a little as we neared the sign it was clear these new pretenders would have the victory.
On through the cobbled (new paving blocks) high street of West Malling to cross the A20 to Birling and our second feature climb. Birling/White Horse Lane. Reportedly the longest hill climb in Kent was made a little easier for me by a passing tractor with a hay waggon on the back. The overhanging hay almost sent Richard B into the hedgerow but I took the opportunity to hang on the back and get a tow to the top. I have to say I still didn’t break my own PB for this climb but I did arrive at the top feeling fresh, if a little embarrassed.
From there it was on through Harvel to pick up Longfield Lane to arrive at the pub at 1:05 with an ave speed of 16mph, not too shabby given the conditions.
I had arranged to meet some former Prems at the pub and we were pleased to see Tony Beaumont and Dave Simms (the founder of the Meridian CC, as he never fails to inform me) looking very relaxed having had an uneventful ride there.
Lots of stories were exchanged between the new and old members and a very enjoyable lunch was had by all.
Thanks to all for their company and commiserations to those unable to attend or DNF.

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Heather Sim

posted this comment on November 11, 2021

Time is Running OUT!

If you would like to join us for the Meridian Christmas Lunch please note the closing date is 26th November.

AND / OR

To join us for the trip to Dordrecht in Holland in July 2022 the closing date is 31st November; we only have a limited number of rooms, first come – first served.

If you would like to participate in these events please go to the Website and complete the linked forms.

Thank you

Heather

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Robert Stock

posted this comment on November 11, 2021

B1 ride from Lullingstone to The Duke of Wellington pub in Ryarsh.

Joining me were : Danny Gazzi, Paul McDonnell, Chris Brett, Malcolm McIntire, Trevor Sims, Paul Smyth, Nick Leng-Smith and Roy.

The pub was very pleasant and when we arrived there were a large number of people playing Boules in the garden.
We were easily accommodated on one large table in the sun lounge.

The food and service were very good and the beer was excellent.

Our route to Ryarsh took in Eynsford, the Knatts Valley Road, Wrotham, Trottiscliffe and finally to Ryarsh. The damp conditions caused us no problems.

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Christopher H Brett

posted this comment on November 14, 2021

Sadly for me my return wasn’t without mishap as I a slowish puncture shortly before I got to the A21 after travelling through Otford. I pumped it up and was on Polhill when a split up group of A1s passed me. I had to stop again opposite Polhill Garden Centre and do more pumping and once more before I turned right into Church Road (2 miles from home!) So I pumped again but this time I bent the valve pin so ended up having to change the tube as inflation was impossible. The conditions were damp and drizzly and the bike wheels very mucky. I did that successfully and had just finished and getting ready to ride again when another cyclist stopped to offer help so he got off lightly but he went on to asked me for directions – amazingly I was able to help. He had quite a strong American accent so I asked where he was from. Baltimore and he had only arrived at Heathrow earlier in the day, then travelled to London Bridge, picked up a hire bike and had a 53mile route planned. Quite impressive I thought. I didn’t ask him but noted he had very little luggage.

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Paul Godfrey

posted this comment on November 10, 2021

B2 ride from Lullingstone joining me on a mizzly morning were, David Parker, Dave Collier, Di, Heather, Cathy, John Ropkin, Linda Kemp, MikeHowe, Clive Adams, Peter Woods, Brian Weekes and Chris Barnett. Chris, Cathy, Di and Dave C left us on route to The George at Trottiscliffe. A pleasant and uneventful ride, thanks for the company.

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Martin Howe

posted this comment on November 10, 2021

A1 Wednesday Ride – Lullingstone to Ide Hill 10/11/2021 – Martin Howe
The club met at Lullingstone on an overcast dreary day. Promises of a fairly dry day (via the BBC) did not materialise. Anyway, the A1’s consisting of Chris Simms, Ray Hardinge, Danny Eagles, Barry Barlow, Stephen Hardy, Tony Reeve, Rob Bunce and myself set off riding through Shoreham, bottom of Polhill and onto the Pilgrims Way to Titsey Hill. Rob peeled off part way. We headed south through Limpsfield and then cruised through the lanes to Edenbridge. From there we rode to Hever and turned north climbing Ide Hill to the Cock Inn for lunch. Not a pub we have used before. Service and food was good although the choice of sandwich fillings was limited. No major incidents apart from the odd soggy bottom! We celebrated Barry’s birthday (thanks for the drink) and headed out for an even damper ride home.

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Richard Bingham

posted this comment on November 4, 2021

Ride Report: Prems Wed 3 Nov

An usual ride this week. Cycling Weekly carried an article saying Wiggle had announced that for one day only (3 Nov) it was opening a café in a rural part of Kent on an island in the middle of a Lake. The Adventure café would be open to cyclists, walkers and adventure travellers and would feature gourmet coffee and cake by a GBBO finalist and you pay with the miles travelled. We decided to check it out before heading up to the AGM. Five riders joined me for the 20 mile ride out from Seal to Boughton Monchelsea via Plaxtol, East Peckham and Yalding. It certainly was a bit of fun getting across to the island and back via kayak or boat in cleats. Pleased to report no mishaps and the reward was excellent free coffee, cake and Wiggle goody bag

The ride back was via Mereworth, up Gover and along Pilgrims. Riders out were: Andy Bradley, Colin Kane, Jonathan East and me together with guest riders Steve Burns and Richard Green

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Danny Gazzi

posted this comment on November 4, 2021

B1s Wed 3rd Nov
At last! An 11am start, which gave me time to have a coffee beforehand, for the first time since before covid. Much better.
During coffee, a few people came up to say they weren’t coming out with the group today.
So just 3 of us, Chris Brett, Peter Woods and myself, went through Eynsford, up Knatts Valley and Tinker Pot, past Brands Hatch, through Darenth, and back to Swanley in good time for the sandwiches.
Lovely sunny weather. A bit nippy, but an earlier start would have been worse, just like it would be during the rest of November.

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Tricia Hewlett

posted this comment on November 4, 2021

Short B2 ride on 2 Nov consisted of Ken Mould, Brian Weekes, Cathy, Heather and Trevor, Rosemary, Mike Yeo, Dave Collier, another whose name I’ve forgotten plus Neville (another potential new member from Petts Wood (yeh!)). Apologies for anyone else left off. Short ride which had to be cut short as I’d overestimated the mileage but saved a few more hills so can’t all be bad!

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Barry Barlow

posted this comment on November 3, 2021

A1 ride Wednesday 3rd November
Nine riders set off from the Olympic at half ten in order to be back in plenty of time for the AGM. They were Chris Simms, Stephen Hardy, Danny Eagles, Ray Hardinge, Bob Craig, Martin Howe, Duncan Hodge, Martin Gill and I. Apart from a slight hiccup in the routing which meant we unnecessarily climbed Well Hill and losing a few members temporarily at the junction of Pilgrims Way, all arrived safely back in plenty of time.

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Huibert Heijna

posted this comment on November 1, 2021

Agnes and myself have made videos of our tandem cycling holiday in France, near Nancy in September. It may be of interest to other club members as the cycling there is great. We like dedicated smooth cycle paths without potholes, great views and not so much climbing. The area can be reached in one day from the Channel Tunnel. Our routes are along rivers (Mosel, Meurthe and Maas) and various canals.
Click Here to jump to the videos
Many thanks to Ken to perfectly organise the videos and gps routes.
Greetings Bert

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Ken Dean

posted this comment on November 1, 2021

A new feature has been added to the website – a series of videos catagorised as follows;

* Using ‘Ride With GPS’ and use of ‘Garmins’

* Club Holidays

* Members’ Videos

* Bike Maintenance

Some of these have been produced by club members, others are from external sources (mainly YouTube). Members are invited to submit further suitable content for publication.

The videos can be accessed by Clicking Here or by going to About US > Club Videos

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Danny Gazzi

posted this comment on October 31, 2021

In case anyone’s wondering whether Beechenlea Lane is now open north of the Olympic, I’ve checked it out and it is – the railway bridge has been repaired.

Just in case anyone was thinking of going that way either to or from the AGM this Wednesday.

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Martin Howe

posted this comment on October 29, 2021

Saturday ride 30 October.
Due to the adverse weather forecast, 🌧️the ride is cancelled.
Martin Howe

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Linda Kemp

posted this comment on October 29, 2021

Ride report: B2 Group: Polhill to Lingfield on Wednesday 27th October 2021

8 riders set off, they were: Ken Mould, Emrys Wilson, Paul Godfrey, David Parker, Mike Yeo, Trish Hewlett, Paul McAteer and myself. Ken left us soon after the garden centre, Emrys peeled off near Tatsfield and Paul G turned off at the top of Pains Hill.

The remaining riders carried on down Pains Hill, through Hurst Green, Broadham Green, Crowhurst and on to Lingfield where riders used both the benches around the pond and the Greyhound Pub. It was a fine dry day without any road closures or punctures. Thank you for your company and glad the ride was enjoyed by those who made it to Lingfield!

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Ray Hardinge

posted this comment on October 28, 2021

The A1s of Chris S., Danny E., Martin H., Martin G., Tony R., and myself were lead off from Polhill by Dom H. Soon after Knockholt, along Shelleys Lane, Dom had a spill in a mud patch and although he continued, in some discomfort, he headed for home at the start of Toys Hill. We continued through Four Elms and Hever to reach the Castle in Chiddingstone. It’s been a long time since our last visit there, but the food and service were to be recommended. We’ll be back. Dom reports today that, despite some scrapes and bruises, he’s fine with no serious damage to him (nor his bike).

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Richard Bingham

posted this comment on October 27, 2021

Ride report: Prems Wed 27 Oct

So many bikes up at Polhill this morning I struggled to find somewhere to park! Good to see so many members enticed by the very pleasant Autumnal conditions, if perhaps a little blustery. With only 3 riders for the 40 miler around Tunbridge Wells to Mark Beech, after a brief chat with Dom H, we decided to meet him and the A1’s for lunch at The Castle Inn at Chiddingstone. An attractive loop took us through Otford, Plaxtol, Matfield, Frant and Groombridge before a slightly amended finishing dash into Chiddy. First time at the Castle Inn for me and a lovely old place it is which combined with warm welcome, quick service and reasonable price means we will visit again. Sorry not to see Dom at lunch as apparently he had an “off” on the way to the pub. Best wishes Dom

Riders out were Nick Burrell, Duncan Hodge and me

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Linda Kemp

posted this comment on October 26, 2021

B2 ride on Wednesday 27th October.

Polhill to Lingfield Pond/The Greyhound Pub – 10.30 depart.
There may be a couple of road closures enroute, therefore we will use Polhill or Star Hill instead of Sundridge Hill. If there are problems later on, we may need to change the route again.
Looking forward to seeing you.

Linda

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rosemary wakefield

posted this comment on October 24, 2021

B1 LEADERS REQUIRED FOR THE FOLLOWING DATED

10th November Start Lullingstone
24th November Start Swanley
1st December Start Lullingstone
22rd December Start Lullingstone
29th December Start Polhill

Please let me know which date you can do

Many Thanks Rosemary Wakefield

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rosemary wakefield

posted this comment on October 22, 2021

B1 RIDE 22ND OCTOBER Headcorn Ashford
Having postponed this from Wednesday the ride was enjoyed by all ( Mike , Rosemary, Tricia and Nick.)
We found a friendly coffee venue in Cranbrook after a flat ride from Headcorn having left there a bit late due to problems on the railway – maybe due to it being in ownership of Boris & Co !.! The windmill was visited but it lacks sails compliments of K C C. At Rolvenden we stopped by the well restored windmill after this great views of the countryside en route to Tenterden after 25 miles where we had lunch in a cafe. Friendly, quick service and excellent food. 15 miles to Ashford on flat roads with a tail wind,Average speed overall 11.2 MPH. A ride to be repeated next year,
Mike Wakefield

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Michael Yeo

posted this comment on October 21, 2021

B2 ride 20th Oct, Swanley to Cricketers Meopham green , Despite the dire weather forecast was a fine sunny day , The route went via Highlands hill, Darenth hill, Holmesdale hill, Castle hill, Hartley hill (down) Idleigh hill , and Shipley hills road, some say it was too hilly ! ?
Nice food at the cricketers, those joining me . where Di Outram, Linda kemp, David Collier (left us at South Darenth) , Peter Woods and David Parker .

Michael Yeo

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Barry Barlow

posted this comment on October 21, 2021

A1 ride Wednesday 20th October

Due to the bleak weather forecast, only five brave souls set out from the Olympic they were Ray Hardinge, Chris Simms, Duncan Hodge, Martin Howe, and me.
We had a beautiful ride down Knatts Valley in glorious sunshine. Eventually arriving at the Plough Basted, a pub I have not been to before. The service from the barman with a bit of a character was fun and no complaints. The pricing was a bit haphazard although we agreed it was about right for what we had. Probably go there again.
The rain more or less held off all day had we had a good if a bit windy ride.

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Heather Sim

posted this comment on October 20, 2021

Half a dozen B1s: Chris B, Paul M, Heather S, Cathy S, Danny G and Trevor braved the weather forecast and set forth to Kemsing. They were rewarded with an undulating route, sunny weather and a fine meal at The Bell during which the only shower occurred.

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rosemary wakefield

posted this comment on October 19, 2021

B1 RIDE TOMORROW WEDNESDAY 20TH OCTOBER

As the weather forecast is for a wet day the ride is postponed to thisFRIDAY 22ND.

Train times as previously advised

Forcast for Friday is good so hope to see many of you with us. for start at Headcorn 1015

Rosemary and Mike

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Peter Woods

posted this comment on October 21, 2021

Good morning Rosemary and Mike. Just to let you know that I will not be out tomorrow as I will not have enough energy! As you know I was out yesterday, playing TT today, cycling all day tomorrow and Sunday morning. Sorry, I must be getting old
🙄!

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Heather Sim

posted this comment on October 18, 2021

B1s Wednesday 20th October – Trevor is planning on leading a local B1 ride from Swanley Olympic to the Bell in Kemsing (Pub, seating for sandwiches on green near pub).

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Barry Barlow

posted this comment on October 14, 2021

From Mathew Hawker

Dad has had a half hip replacement to his right side.
The operation went well. I have spoke to him and he is in good humor.
We can visit tomorrow and he will be starting his physio.

Kind regards

Matthew Hawker

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Barry Barlow

posted this comment on October 14, 2021

Re: Peter Hawker
I have just spoken to Mathew, Peter Hawker’s son who has told me about the latest news on Peter. He has a fractures hip and is due to have an operation today. He has told the consultant all about his cycling exploits and I am sure they will give him all the care that is possible.
Mathew has said that he will keep me updated by email and I will post any updates on the blog.

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Malcolm McIntyre

posted this comment on October 14, 2021

Thanks for the update Barry.
Well done to those that looked after Peter yesterday.

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Paul Smith

posted this comment on October 13, 2021

B1 to Penhurst by Paul Smith
Members on the ride were
Rosemary and Mike Wakefield
John Thompson
Nick Long-Smith
Trish
Chris Brett
Paul Smith
We enjoyed a beautiful sunny day. The distance was lower than usual but maybe the climbs including IDE Hill gave us some exercise. John was flying with his new bike. As Trish got closer to the end of the ride she was flying. Everyone brought sandwiches so it was a bad day for the pub.

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Paul Geradine

posted this comment on October 13, 2021

13 October Prems ride to the Man of Kent, East Peckham: we were blessed with benign Autumn weather for our 34 mile route from Lullingstone to the Man of Kent. A slightly late start was compounded by a couple of stops to try to reason with the ride leader’s temperamental Garmin and these stops created a bit of grumbling in the ranks given the Prems usual commitment to fast and furious. Our route was via Farningham, Stansted, Trottiscliffe, W Malling (near where the aforesaid Garmin finally decided to behave), W Farleigh, Hunton Hill, Collier St and Yalding. We enjoyed a riverside lunch in the sun at the Man of Kent where we were joined by Andy Bradley on his first significant ride having been sidelined recently. The service was quick and friendly but some of the food a little indifferent. 10 miles or so back to Seal via Golden Green, Poult Wood, Shipbourne and Mote Road. RIders out; John Baker, Richard Bingham, Andy Bradley, Jon East, Paul Geradine, Dave Hickman and our guest/prospective member, Nick Burrell.

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Paul Godfrey

posted this comment on October 13, 2021

Due to the number of B2 riders at Lullingstone today we split into 2 groups with Linda Kemp volunteering to lead the second group. Unfortunately they had an incident on route resulting in an injury to Peter Hawker, Linda will be submitting a separate entry. Obviously things became somewhat chaotic after that with the ride being cut short and some folks heading home including Trevor Sim and Chris Barnett from my original group. Two groups headed to Kemsing including Heather, Paul McAteer, Joe McLenaghan, Emrys, David Morgan, Roy Knight, Brian Weekes, Ken Mould and myself. Many thanks must go to Cathy Sharman and Diana who transported Peter’s bike back to his house.

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Linda Kemp

posted this comment on October 13, 2021

The second half of the B2 group set off from Lullingstone VC. Riders were:
Cathy Sharman, Paul Hills, Ken Mould, Diana Outram, Cliff Bell, Sally Maxwell, Mike Yeo, Dave Collier, Peter Hawker, new member? (was not able to find out his name) and I lead the group as I managed to load the route on to my Garmin. Dave Morgan joined us at Eynsford.

Whilst riding along Knatts Valley, a group of three motorcyclists passed us. Unfortunately there was a collision between one of them and Peter Hawker who fell to the ground. Cliff Bell also fell, but soon rose to his feet. Peter, however, needed an ambulance, which took over an hour to arrive. The Police also attended. We kept Peter as warm as we could, aided by jackets, a foil blanket and very thick throw supplied by a nearby resident. The paramedics arrived and gave Peter a thorough check over. He was taken into the ambulance for further checks before being taken to Pembury Hospital. Eventually most of the group made their way home. Cathy fetched her van in order to transport Peter’s bike, which was being looked after by Diana and David.

Get better soon Peter, our thoughts are with you.
Linda

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rosemary wakefield

posted this comment on October 13, 2021

B1 RIDE 20TH OCTOBER-AWAY DAY – THE TWO WINDMILLS RIDE

This is the last opportunity for an away day ride this year passing the tower mill at Cranbrook and the post mill at Rolvenden.

The plan is to start the ride at Headcorn Station at 1015 and proceed to Frittenden and then to Cranbrook for coffee, onto Rolvenden and Tenterden for lunch – packed, cafe or pub. After refreshment we proceed to Bethersden , Victoria Park Ashforh and Ashford Station for homeward journey.
Train times are Orpington 0926 Sevenoaks 0943 Tonbridge 0952 and Headcorn 1014. Buy return ticket for Ashford but don`t forget to alight at Headcorn!! If you use car to Headcorn then you will need single for return from Ashford.
Anyone who wants free parking to travel from Sevenoaks may use our drive. If you have a Garmin please download route from runs list.
Look forward to seeing many riders.

Mike Wakefield

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Paul Dean

posted this comment on October 7, 2021

Mike

Sorry to hear about your close shave with a lorry yesterday. Hopefully, OBM’s lorries will be better behaved after your word with the company. If there are any further problems, HGV driving standards are regulated by The Driver&Vehicle Standards Agency (an agency of the Department of Transport) and they have a procedure for reporting HGV drivers and companies operating HGVs. It is always best to have a word with the company first as you did.

Paul Dean

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rosemary wakefield

posted this comment on October 7, 2021

CLOSE SHAVE WITH LORRY

On our return from the B1 ride yesterday Rosemary and I were approaching the Vine in Sevenoaks when Rosemary was overtaken by a lorry but when it was overtaking me it pulled over to avoid an oncoming car squeezing me into the gutter and with just 2 inches between my handle bar and the side of the lorry. It was no small lorry and it was brand new but I reconised it as owned by Otford Builders Merchants otherwise known as O B M .

Today, I paid a visit to O B M and had a talk with their Transport Manageress, who admitted they had just acquired a new lorry and it would have passed through Sevenoaks at the time the close shave took place. Apolagies were received and an undertaking was given the driver would be spoken to. I suggested all their drivers should be asked to give proper space to cyclists and this was accepted. I enquired whether all their drivers were holders of licences for heavy goods vehicles, as some time ago, another builders merchant in Sevenoaks had been employing two drivers who did not hold appropriate licences for heavy goods vehicles. I was assued O B M drivers had the right licences.

Sime time ago, the club sent a letter to B S P Skips about a similar event, and as far as I am aware no reply was received, but It is apparent to me notice was taken as B S P lorries usually give us a wide birth.

No vehicle operator wants the problems and cost of accidents, so if you are unhappy with the way vehicles are driven make your views known.

Mike Wakefield

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Daniel Eagles

posted this comment on October 7, 2021

Wednesday 6 th October, polhill to the Haymaker
Oxted, a sunny but windy day, the Haymaker pub
Is newish, the old pub is still there but with a large
Extension, nice place for lunch.
Joining me on this steady paced ride through some
great scenery were,Ray Harding, Barry Barlow,
Chris Simms, Steve Hardy, Bob Craig, Martin Gill
Dominic ?, Rob ? and myself.
A good day with a good lunch.

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joneast

posted this comment on October 7, 2021

Prems 6 Oct. As a recent joiner, this was my first time as Ride Leader. Starting from Polhill, we headed over Ide Hill through Hever, Cowden, and Forest Row to Groombridge where we had a brief stop to try our hand at sheep herding as we came across a flock that had escaped from their field. Having passed our audition for One Man and His Bike, we continued on through Speldhurst to lunch at the Fleur de Lis at Leigh. After lunch, on to Ivy Hatch and finishing at Seal to go our separate ways having done about 49 miles with 3,400ft of climbing.
On the ride were Richard Bingham, Colin Kane, John Baker, Paul Geradine, Dave Hickman and myself.

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Nicholas Leng-Smith

posted this comment on October 6, 2021

B1 ride on 6.10.21.
Starting at Polehill, the route was Halstead, Knockholt, Tatsfield, Limpsfield Chart, Pootings, Four Elms, How Green, Hever and Chiddingstone.
12 started: Mike and Rosemary Wakefield, Paul Dean, Chris Brett, Paul McDonnell, John Thompson, Danny Gazzi, Trevor Sim, Bob Stock, Paul Smith, Rick Green and me.
John decided to return home after a puncture and, a bit later, a leaking valve, and Trevor left for an appointment with 007. Five of the group stopped for lunch at The King Henry VIII at Hever (20 miles), which had been the original destination for the ride (changed because it was not possible to book). The remaining five carried on to Chiddingstone for lunch at the Tulip Tree Tea Room. In the event, it was probably just as well that 10 of us didn’t descend on the Tulip Tree, as it would have proved too much for them. Lunch in the partial sun, under the climbing vines, was very enjoyable. For future reference, the place is quite expensive.
Nick Leng-Smith

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Paul Godfrey

posted this comment on October 6, 2021

Nice to see numbers getting back to normal at Polhill today. B2 ride on a sunny day to the White Bear at Fickleshole leaving Polhill were, Diana, Cathy, Emrys, Linda, Ken Mould, Paul McAteer, Mike Yeo, Roy Knight, Dave Sims, Heather, Trish, John Ropkins, Peter Hawker and myself, some left along the route and we were joined by Sally. Food at the pub was evidently good all in all a good ride and great company. Apologies if I have missed any names and thanks to Emrys for leading the split group.

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emrys wilson

posted this comment on October 5, 2021

OK,got it. Thanks Paul

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emrys wilson

posted this comment on October 5, 2021

Paul – I cannot find the AGM papers under club documents, the only docs relate to insurance.

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Paul Dean

posted this comment on October 5, 2021

Hi Emrys
In Club Documents look to the side listing and you will see Documents 2021. The AGM papers are in there.
Paul

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Paul Dean

posted this comment on October 5, 2021

Dear Meridian Members

We will be holding our 2021 AGM at 14.00 hours on Wednesday 3 November 2021 at The Olympic, Swanley. This is our first opportunity since 2019 to discuss the affairs of the Club and there will be a number of important motions to be voted on. The AGM papers have been posted on the website. To access them go to the Home Page and then Log In. This gives you access to the Members Section, then follow About Us>Club Documents>Documents 2021>AGM Papers.

There will be a light buffet lunch before the AGM free of charge to members. For catering purposes could you let me know if you will attending the AGM. My contact details are email: pauljdean52@gmail.com or home phone: 020 8462 0392 (leave a message if no answer)

A number of positions on the Committee have reached the maximum of 5 years service. We need volunteers willing to stand for the positions of Club Treasurer (currently Chris Simms) and Club Secretary (currently Paul Dean). We also need volunteers with IT skills to help run and maintain the Club website (Contact Barry Barlow or Ken Dean for details).

I will also be circulating the AGM papers to members by email. Please contact me if you have any questions about the AGM.

The Committee looks forward to seeing you at the AGM.

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Barry Barlow

posted this comment on October 1, 2021

From michael mcinally email: enquiries@fabcycleservices.com

We are a relatively new bike shop called FAB Cycle Services ltd, located in Farnborough village. We are looking to get a couple of cycling clubs interested in servicing and maintenance. We would love for your cycling club to pop in and see what we are about. We specialise in maintenance and repair work; we currently do not sell new bikes but can accommodate frame swaps or customising the specification of your bicycles i.e. frame swaps or group set swaps. If there is anything you need help with, please feel free to give us a call on 01689490922 or pop into the shop at 141 high street, Farnborough village, Kent, BR6 7AZ. We look forward to seeing and hearing from you, good luck with the rides and we hope you have a fab time on your cycling adventures ahead. Many thanks, mike.

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John Thompson

posted this comment on September 30, 2021

Ken, I have tried your suggested route to contact another member and computa no work

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Ken Dean

posted this comment on October 1, 2021

Now seems to be working OK

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Ken Dean

posted this comment on September 30, 2021

Want to Contact Other Club Members?

If you need contact details of another club member then use the ‘Search Icon’. This is a small magnifying glass icon in the top RH corner of the home page.

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Sally Maxwell

posted this comment on September 30, 2021

So I didn’t imagine it after all. I thought I recognised Rosemary cycling in Margate yesterday. I was cycling the Viking Coastal Trail with a friend, starting from Ramsgate. Unfortunately we had to abandon the ride in Margate due to the strong winds.

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John Thompson

posted this comment on September 30, 2021

The grab and Winkle was not reached due to late trains, hanging around on stations, route not very clear.
we did achieve 28 miles to Margate, with dry weather but very windy westly { head on } and a ride around parts of Margate.
with me Rosemary and Mike Wakefield, Paul McDonnell, Bob Stack.

A route that won’t be repeated.

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Barry Barlow

posted this comment on September 29, 2021

Wednesday 29th September A1 ride

Eight A1 riders set out from the Olympic they were: – Ray Hardinge, Martin Gill, Martin Howe, Chris Simms, Bob Craig, Rob Bunce, Danny Eagles, and me. Completing a tour of Orpington, we arrived at the Pilgrim’s Way where Bob Craig left us to carry out some grandparent duties. We arrived at the George Trottiscliffe after a ride of about 28 miles. The food and service were as usual excellent.
A fine day if somewhat chilly and windy, but at least it did not rain.

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John Baker

posted this comment on September 29, 2021

Prems 29 Sept – 5 Prems set off from Eat ‘n’ Mess on Chevening Road, 7oaks on a route via Ide Hill, Penshurst, Tudeley, Horsmonden and Waterbury – final destination The George at Trottiscliffe. Overall 46 miles and nearly 4000 feet of climbing at just under 16mph. Other than a dropped chain, no incidents or dramas to report. Food at The George was substantial and reasonably priced as usual.
Joining me were Richard Bingham, Colin Kane, Jon East and Steve Burns. There was a special guest appearance from Martin Gill after lunch on the return to 7oaks.

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David Parker

posted this comment on September 28, 2021

B2 Ride Leaders wanted.

We need ride leaders for the following weeks:
13th October starting from Lullingstone, Visitor Centre
10th November starting from Lullingstone, Visitor Centre
17th November Starting from Polhill, Garden Centre
24th November starting from Swanley, Olympic

Please let me know which dates you are able to lead.

Hope to see you all tomorrow at The Olympic.

Dave Parker

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John Thompson

posted this comment on September 28, 2021

The weather forecast for the Canterbury ride looks fine ,hope to see some members there.

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John Thompson

posted this comment on September 27, 2021

Hi Neil,
The ride to Minnis Bay is 20 miles, we should have 2 hours to get there, the pace will not an e-bike fast.

Hope to see you there.

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John Thompson

posted this comment on September 26, 2021

Away day ride 29th September.
This is a repeat of an old club ride from Canterbury to Minnis Bay [for lunch] along the coast to Whitstable. Then the Crab and Winkle [ old train line] back into Canterbury.
The departure location is outside Fenwick store. {there used to be a coffee shop on the ground floor]

DEPARTURE TIME OF THE RIDE 11:00

Trains from Orpington 08:57,
Sevenoaks 09:13
Tonbridge 09:22 [ I will be joining the train here]
There is one change at Ashford station,[ across the platform.] arriving at Canterbury 10:26 then a short ride to meeting point.

see you there.
John Thompson

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Neil Kerrison

posted this comment on September 26, 2021

John,

At what pace will the Minnis Bay ride be run : B1 fast electric pace ? or the original B2 social pace ?

Many thanks, Neil

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roy knight

posted this comment on September 24, 2021

the Olympic in Swanley is still open with access only from Swanley thanks John Baker for your post.
The planed ride for this Wednesday is a 19 mile to finish at the Bricklayers Arms in Chipstead .
There are benches on the green in front of the pub.

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John Baker

posted this comment on September 24, 2021

The start for rides 29 Sept is down as The Olympic in Swanley. Beechenlea Lane is currently closed on the section down to Swanley Village. And I mean properly closed, you can not get through as the bridge has been taken down. I’m not sure when it is scheduled to reopen but bear this in mind when planning your group’s ride.

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Joe McClenaghan

posted this comment on September 23, 2021

B1 Ride Report Wed 22 Sept. Apparently the B1s enjoyed coffee in the sun with the Premiers and A1s outside the cafe at Lullingstone. I say ‘apparently’ because yours truly was stuck behind an accident on the A20 and only arrived at Lullingstone 2 mins before the start! Seven B1 riders set off (a few minutes late) and headed through Shoreham, Otford, Bessels Green, Underriver, Dunk’s Green to West Peckham (21 miles). We had a friendly welcome at The Swan on the Green, lunch was served reasonably quickly and was certainly substantial. All we needed was a cricket match to complete the idyllic setting. Thank you for your company to Nick Leng-Smith, Rick Green, Bob Stock, Danny Gazzi, Ken Strange and to Paul Smith who was back marker.
Joe McClenaghan

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Richard Bingham

posted this comment on September 23, 2021

Prems Ride Report: Wed 22nd Sept

Five riders met at Lullingstone for a 44 miler to The Woolpack. The wonderful late summer sunshine meant we could comfortably enjoy sitting outside catching up with members from the other groups over our pre ride coffees. Our start took us North through Horton Kirby before heading East to Cobham and the terrific descent of Cobhambury Rd before going over the motorway bridge and South to Aylesford. Through the research centre at East Malling we pressed on through Barming, East Farleigh and Loose before rejoining the ridge for yet another great descent of Loddington Lane and a final run in through Hunton and Benover.
We sat in the garden of the Woolpack where the welcome was friendly enough although we had a 40 minute wait for the food. No one minded sitting in the sun and our enjoyment was marred only by the tales of the horrific waste of taxpayers money at the BBC. Eventually we opted for the easy way home via Plaxtol before going our separate ways at Seal. All up I had 70 miles and with me were John Baker, Colin Kane, Jonathan East and guest rider Steve Burns

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Ray Hardinge

posted this comment on September 23, 2021

A select group of A1’s joined the prems for part of our ride to Platt. After at least 100yds we waved them goodbye, and opted for a more leisurely ride to Farningham, up Rabbits Road, through Stansted, Birling and West Malling before having lunch at the Blue Anchor. Thanks to Danny E., Rob B., and Tony R., for an enjoyable ride in ideal weather, and a long chat over a good lunch.

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Barry Barlow

posted this comment on September 19, 2021

Message from Gerry Kemps Daughter-
Hi There Some of the club members may remember my father Gerry Kemp, who enjoyed many years being a part of the club. Dad is now unfortunately housebound, and hard of hearing, his wife is in a care home now so finds himself lonely, and fed up. We pop in as much as we can to support him, but if anyone who remembers Gerry would be able to pop in for a cuppa he would be over the Moon! My contact number is 07796615081 or email. Kindest regards Pam

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David Parker

posted this comment on September 17, 2021

B2 ride leaders wanted for the following:

13/10 from Lullingstone
20/10 from Swanley Olympic
27/10 from Polhill Garden Centre

Please let me know your preferred destination for your ride so I can include it on the runs list.

Thanks for your help.

David

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Danny Gazzi

posted this comment on September 16, 2021

B1 train/car assisted ride, Faversham, Wed 15th Sept

7 riders (Mike & Rosemary Wakefield, Pauls McDonnell & Smith, Chris Brett, Bob Stock and myself) set off westward from Faversham, with some gravel track at Swale Marina, through Lynsted and on to lunch at the Red Lion, Badlesmere, where the menu now includess soup and light bites but not sandwiches. Then through Shottenden and downhill to Boughton, before a loop to the Thames at Seasalter, and back to where we started. A flattish ride at moderate pace. Very little traffic, and lots of fruit growing on view.

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Dave Collier

posted this comment on September 16, 2021

B2 ride from Horton Kirby to Coalhouse Fort, Essex

Seven riders, Heather & Trevor Sim, Paul Godfrey, Paul Hills, Tricia Hewlett, Ken Dean and myself set off for Essex on Wed 15th. Paul H (who had just come for the biscuits!) soon left us at South Darenth. At Gravesend ferry we were joined by Brian Weekes and Paul McAteer. We crossed by ferry to Tilbury and then to Coalhouse Fort. As we arrived we met Clive Adams and his friend, out for a days cycling in Essex, with Clive on his newly repaired bike. On the return ferry crossing a passenger advised us to visit The Gurudwara Temple in Gravesend, which we did. We were welcomed, and after removing shoes and putting on a head covering were shown around and given free food (curry of course) and drink. We returned to Horton Kirby via a few back streets and footpaths.
Dave

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David Parker

posted this comment on September 16, 2021

B2 ride from Polhill Wed 15th September.

A select group of three (Nick Leng-Smith, James and myself) enjoyed a ride to The Black Horse in Stansted and a pleasant lunch sat outside in the sun.

David

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rosemary wakefield

posted this comment on September 15, 2021

B1 Riders

Please could the happy band of B1 riders choose a date from the following in October to lead a ride

6th Oct from Polhill GC

13th Oct from Lullingstone

20th Oct From The Olympic Swanley

27th Oct from Polhill GC

Looking forward to hearing from you

Rosemary Wakefield

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ABradley

posted this comment on September 15, 2021

Five Prems (Colin Kane, Richard Bingham, John Baker, Andrew Bradley and guest rider Steve Burns) left Sevenoaks for Downe, via Gatwick and Box Hill. A reasonable pace (18mph+) was maintained on the flat roads to Gatwick, where we toured the various industrial areas and dual carriageways that make up the less-than-scenic southside of the airport. Navigation and pace was soon restored and we rode north through Charlwood, Leigh and Betchworth, where the climbing began. A loop to the north of Box Hill and then the climb itself followed by a coffee stop in beautiful weather at the Box Hill cafe. Then it got really lumpy through a series of lanes to Caterham, including, the particularly unpleasant Whitehill Lane. Once through Caterham it was back on more familiar but still challenging terrain, and we arrived at the (very accommodating) Queens Head in Downe a mere 50 minutes late – the 70 miles to that point having averaged 16.5 mph. Ten further miles back to Sevenoaks resulted in an 80 mile ride with just under 5000 feet of climbing and some tired legs.

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Tony Reeve

posted this comment on September 15, 2021

An intrepid sextet of A1s assembled in Edenbridge under louring skies for a ride to Piltdown via Cowden,Hartfield, and Ashdown Forest. Witches Lane cast its spell on navigation but we were quickly back on track. Lunch followed at The Peacock. The return through Uckfield included a little nip tuckery which brought us to Duddleswell avoiding the main road and back to Hartfield via Jib Jack Hill.
Thanks to: Ray H,Danny E,Chris S, Barry B and Martin G.

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Danny Gazzi

posted this comment on September 13, 2021

B1 ride -Wed 15th Sept. Car/train assisted

We’ll be leaving Havisham’s Coffee House in the Market Sq, Faversham at or shortly after 11am.

Could those who are coming to the pub (Red Lion at Badlesmere) for lunch please let me know so I can contact the pub to let them know the numbers. Thanks, Danny

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Dave Collier

posted this comment on September 12, 2021

Dave’s ride – Wed. Sept. 15th – Horton Kirby to Coalhouse Fort, Essex

We will meet at my house – Forge Cottage, Millen Court, Horton Kirby, DA4 9GR from 9:20am for tea/coffee/biscuits and I hope to set off at 10am. Forge Cottage is at the far end of Millen Court which is a cul-de-sac. For those travelling by car, there is a car park (free) at nearby Westminster Field. The nearest railway station is Farningham Road.
The ride will be at a B2 pace. All are welcome on the ride.
We will ride to the Gravesend to Tilbury ferry and catch the 11:30 ferry. For those with a bus pass or Freedom Pass it is free.
Lunch will be at Coalhouse Fort which has a café and toilets. I would recommend taking a packed lunch as service for hot food can be slow. Buying teas and coffee is no problem. An afternoon tea stop will be at The Promenade Café, Gravesend.
We should be back at Horton Kirby about 4.15 pm.
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

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Colin Kane

posted this comment on September 10, 2021

Oops! Turns out I wasn’t ridding with the Mayor of Greater Manchester, but a entirely different and better person in my opinion. Andrew Bradly. Sorry Andy.
As a postscript: two hours after getting home a thunder storm hit. So maybe summer isn’t over quite yet 😜

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Colin Kane

posted this comment on September 9, 2021

Summer’s last Hurrah!!
So last week’s ride ended with me volunteering sort a ride for this week. Just a vague plan to ride in the badlands (North of the A20) and maybe meet up with some old Prems mates. (not saying they’re old, just that they are ex Prems.I’ll stop digging!)
So I’m having breakfast on Friday and watch Carol on the TV giving the weather report and she tells me there’s a mini heatwave on the way.
I message the team and suggest we have one last long ride of the summer (our favourite one as it happens) to Whistable.
Nobody needs much persuading of course and we are set.
There are many ways to that seaside destination, but the one we took is we think the fastest and least hilly.
We met in Seal at 09:00 and set a brisk pace through Plaxtol and Yalding to make Lenham in two hours.
Refreshed with Coffee and Cake we headed straight for Favershan and then the coast road through Seasalter.
This is where the peloton split as the headwind really kicked in and once dropped there was no way back.
We regrouped on the outskirts of Whitstable and took the back road the the harbour, avoiding the packed high street.
Lunch was taken at The Forge, takeaway hut.
Fish and Chips being the popular choice.
The ride back was thankfully assisted with a tail wind and we were back at Teapot Island just in time to find they close at 4pm.
The Boathouse on the opposite bank which looks closed from the road is actually open via the rear car park onto the riverside terrace, where we relaxed on the deckchairs before taking tea on the beautifully appointed verandah.
From there we took the well trodden and cycled route back to Seal where we made our respective ways home.
My stats for the day starting in Bromley were 122miles with 5200ft of assent.
I was grateful for the company of John Baker, Andy Burnham, Richard Bingham and Dave-new wheels-Hickman.

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Barry Barlow

posted this comment on September 9, 2021

Wednesday 8th September
Seven set off from the Olympic in such fine weather
They were Danny Eagles, Chris Sims, Bob Craig, Martin Gill, Rob Bunce, Ray Hardinge, and myself.
After what most of us thought was a fairly tough ride of 30 miles, we ended up at The Bell Inn, Kemsing which as usual was excellent.

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Heather Sim

posted this comment on September 9, 2021

B2 Ride – 8 September

We were welcomed at the Olympic with the A1’s and B1’s – it was good to have a more normal ‘pre covid’ style start, with the opportunity to mix with the other groups.

On a very hot day we attempted to find a shady route via South Darenth, Green St Green, Gravesend Cyclopark, to Sole Street and Luddesdown Golden Lion, we had our lunch in the lovely Church Yard having passed many acres of newly planted vineyards. The merry group of 11 were: Trevor, Paul G, Paul Mc, James, Joe, Trish, Brian, Peter W, Chris B and Dave C and myself. On our return we met the A2s which also provided an opportunity to catch up with old friends. Thank you for such good company.

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Christopher H Brett

posted this comment on September 9, 2021

IOW
Ken pointed out that my planned B1 ride couldn’t be opened as it was ‘private’. I’ve now corrected this with a slightly changed title:
Now starts FBay
Was FWB
So this will be on the IOW Runs list shortly.

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Christopher H Brett

posted this comment on September 9, 2021

B1 ride 8 September 2021
Lovely to see several groups amassed at the Olympic on a very hot (25deg as we left).
The intrepid 5 were Paul McDonnell ( sorry I got your surname wrong when I blogged my previous ride), Bob Stock, Paul Smith, Nick Leng-Smith and yours truly.
We made our way via Eynsford, Fawkham Green, Fawkham, Hartley, Instead Rise – well named with a concrete surface that looked like a wall as turned onto it. At the top Paul M said he’d have to leave us for grandpa duties and Bob decided to return as well. The remaining three ploughed in now 28deg heat via Windmill Hill, Higham and finally Upnor Castle but oops the northern entrance. We retraced to higher ground where we found shade in which to munch our sarnies. Afterwards we found the south castle entrance at which there’s a fab view of the Medway with Chatham Dockyard beyond. I hadn’t been there for5 or 6 years and was amazed to see the Dockyard site was fully developed from what had been open land!
We then began our epic journey back trying to follow my return Garmin route some how we missed a turn and after a struggle got travelling west – phew! and home. I arrived home at 17.55
Sorry for the delays lads. I hope you ladies weren’t too upset with the late return

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Christopher H Brett

posted this comment on September 6, 2021

Hi all the IOW B1 Group riders.
I’ve just added to the IOW runs list a 40mile ride from Hotel to initially coastal to Blackgang Chine – morning coffee I hope, then inland to Carisbroke Castle for lunch I hope (provided by FH), on to Yarmouth and back to FWB. Normal climbs with nothing too strenuous. All on paved roads.
I trust I’ll have some takers whatever day is selected!
It’s getting close now.

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Heather Sim

posted this comment on September 6, 2021

Christmas Lunch (!) – A date for your diary

We have booked the Meridian Christmas lunch at High Elms on Wednesday 15th December. More details to follow in a few months time.

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Heather Sim

posted this comment on September 5, 2021

B2 Ride – I will be leading a replacement (usual ‘full day’) ride on Wednesday 8th September from the Olympic Swanley to Luddesdown please bring sandwiches if you wish or purchase food at the Golden Lion.

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Dave Collier

posted this comment on September 5, 2021

THE RIDE TO ESSEX ON 8th SEPT. HAS BEEN POSTPONED

To comply with the club instructions that Awaydays should not be held on the same day as the club are meeting at the Olympic, Swanley, I have postponed the Essex ride by one week to 15th Sept.
Even though the ride date was set well before the instruction was issued it was felt that this was the best thing to do.
I will be giving details of the ride on the Blog nearer to the date.
Dave.

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Tricia Hewlett

posted this comment on September 4, 2021

Think you’re getting your Dave’s muddled Paul – it’s Dave Collier leading B2s on Wed… sorry got nothing better to do whilst waiting to go swimming!

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Paul Godfrey

posted this comment on September 4, 2021

Thanks Trish my error. There is also a glitch on the runs list please ignore any route link adjacent to Dave Colliers’ ride.

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Paul Godfrey

posted this comment on September 4, 2021

B2 riders – For those not going on David Parkers’ Essex ride on Wednesday I will be leading a short alternative from The Olympic to Otford Pond. Route can be found on the runs list.

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SimonORegan

posted this comment on September 4, 2021

That’s great, Paul, I look forward to joining you! Best, Simon

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David Sims

posted this comment on September 3, 2021

The B2 ride on Wednesday looks interesting and something different, I note the start is Horton Kirkby but exactly where please cheers Dave S

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Paul Godfrey

posted this comment on September 4, 2021

David, start is from David Coopers’ house which is in Millen Court off The Street in Horton Kirby. Parking is available at the nearby Westminster Fields. Be an idea to let Dave know if you are intending to partake.

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Tony Reeve

posted this comment on September 1, 2021

A grey and overcast start and some confusion as the cafe start point was closed.
Order restored seven of the A1 group’s finest put their faith in one of the groups least experienced ride leaders.
Climbing over Ide Hill, onto Leigh, Hildenborough where the sun finally decided to don his hat just before the climb up to Ightham Mote.
A swift descent through Plaxtol and onto Hadlow and lunch at The Man of Kent. Service at the pub was friendly and quick.
Riders were: Chris S. Bob C. (who left us at Ivy Hatch) Martin G. and the ‘H’ crew – Martin, Ray and Steve. Ride leading occasionally provided by Tony Reeve.

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Paul Godfrey

posted this comment on September 1, 2021

B2 riders leaving Shorne Country Park and riding the Isle of Grain today were, Pete Ham, Linda Kemp, Brian Weekes, Clive Adams, Ken Dean, Heather and Trevor Sim, Dave Cooper, Dave Parker, Geoff Drummond, John Broadfoot, Paul McAteer, Mike Yeo and myself, on route we were joined by Ken Mould on his shiny new ebike. Very different scenery and a nice spot for lunch at Upnor. Bit of an issue with the last part of the return route by me and there was a mechanical but all ended well. Thanks to all for your company.

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John Baker

posted this comment on September 1, 2021

P1s – A depleted group of just 3 Prems set off from Dunton Green on a circuit around Bewl Water via Speldhurst, Frant and Wadhurst. The first 38 miles to lunch was very lumpy with nearly 4000ft of climbing. Lunch at the Star & Eagle Goudhurst was agreeable and service good. The return leg via Horsmonden and Yalding was flat and much faster although a strong headwind made it hard going for those on the front.

Overall just over 70 miles and 5000+ ft of climbing for the day. Joining me were Richard Bingham and Colin Kane.

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John Thompson

posted this comment on September 1, 2021

The B1 Ride today to Benover was 25 miles.
with me was, Rosemary Wakefield, Mike Wakefield, Nick Leng-Smith, Paul Smith, Chris Brett, Bob Stock, Peter Woods, Joe McClenaghan,
We sat in the garden, with first class drink and food service,
thank you for your company.
John Thompson

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Ken Dean

posted this comment on August 30, 2021

Using Ride With GPS

A number of video tutorials have been produced by Paul Godfrey & myself, which are accessible from the club website.

These can be accessed as follows
Home Page > See Full Runs List > Using Ride With GPS > Video Tutorials.

They will be of particular interest to those with a Garmin (or similar) who are creating/using Wednesday rides and/or rides for the forthcoming IoW trip.

There are a number of gaps that will be filled in the course of the next few weeks.

Comments/ feedback appreciated.

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Paul Godfrey

posted this comment on August 27, 2021

Following the reintroduction of joint venues for Wednesday starts, we have three venues; Polehill, Lullingstone and Swanley Olympic – all who make us welcome and have facilities to sit both inside and outside. The first two are working fine but we have had a problem with The Olympic in that on our last visit we had low attendance when they had opened early on our behalf. On future occasions it is important that we try to ensure that we have a reasonable turnout to support their efforts. This is a plea for group coordinators to try to avoid AwayDays on dates where the Olympic is on the runs list and for all riders to try and use the facilities that are on offer.

We are now operating with a reduced number of venues and therefore need to support them if they are to support us.’

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Malcolm McIntyre

posted this comment on August 27, 2021

Completely agree. “Away Days” should return to being occasional additional alternatives to normal club rides, not replacing club rides, as has happened a lot this year.

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John Thompson

posted this comment on August 27, 2021

I am thinking about one of the old ride we use to ride from Canterbury, before I try to recall the route, has any member stored the route I could use?
The ride would be away day ride sometime September/October this year [2021]
In anticipation.
John Thompson

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Paul Godfrey

posted this comment on August 29, 2021

John, I think the ride you are referring to is the Crab & Winkle which starts and finishes in Canterbury with lunch being taken at Minnis Bay. I have uploaded the ride to the runs library on the club website, let me know if you have any problems.

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Ken Dean

posted this comment on August 27, 2021

For Sale Ammaco Folding Bike
For sale by non member.
20″ wheels, alloy frame, 6 speed shimano gears.
Purchased Jan 2021, litle use.
Can inspect and collect from Snodland.
Cost approx £250; open to sensible offers.
Contact Ken for further info.

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rosemary wakefield

posted this comment on August 26, 2021

B1 On Wednesday 25th August, 8 of us meet at the village coffee shop in Headcorn and rode to Tenterden. We had our packed lunch at the railway station. We were able to see the steam trains.

After lunch we made our way to the Headcorn aerodrome and as well as having a cup of tea we were able to watch parachuting. We returned to Headcorn station for our journey back toTonbridge or Sevenoaks.

We all enjoyed the day and had no problem with the route as 3 of us had the route on our Garmins!!

Our next awayday ride is to Faversham on Wed 15th September to be lead by Danny Gazzi

Rosemary Wakefield

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Ken Dean

posted this comment on August 26, 2021

B2 Ride 25/8; Lullingstone to Medway Bridge

Dull start but good to meet up with the Prems at the Cafe; even more pleased to learn that they were only going to Stansted whereas we were off to the Medway Bridge (although that’s a distortion of the truth).
At the start (apart from me) there were David Parker, John Broadfoot, Di, Peter Woods, Neil Kerrison, Linda Kemp, Trish, Trevor Sims, and Paul Godfrey. We collected Clive Adams and Dave Collier ‘en route’, making a total of 13 in the group. On some of the busier sections of the route we rode in two groups with a significant firebreak.

Having crossed the bridge we picnicked on the banks of the Medway at Wouldham here we joined by selected local inhabitants. Pleasant spot , particularly at high tide.

We returned via Peter’s Bridge and a country route to The George at Trotiscliffe where most of the group had well deserved R&R. 45 mile loop from Sevenoaks and 2,600ft ascent.

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Ray Hardinge

posted this comment on August 26, 2021

After a tricky start from Biddenden – (was that Garmin Gremlins again or just a confused leader?) the A1’s – took an unusual and twisty route to Winchelsea via Tenterden, Rolverton, Wittersham and Peasmarsh. Lunch at the New Inn with ice cream dessert on the beach restored the energy levels for the ride home starting, with a 5 mile headwind up the Military Road to Appledore and then back to Biddenden.
The A1 holidaymakers were Barry B., Chris S., Danny E., Bert H., Agnes H, David K., and Martin G (who added a loop from and to Sevenoaks).
A good day out with cheerful company.

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Paul Geradine

posted this comment on August 25, 2021

A long and lumpy road to Stansted – it was good to meet up with the limited number of riders from other groups at Lullingstone this morning even though there were one or two jibes that the Prems were going to be taking it easy with a ride just around the corner to Stansted. Fear not – we got a good workout! John Baker, Richard Bingham, Dave Hickman and Colin Kane joined me for a spaghetti loop via Knatts Valley, Coteman’s Ash, Watery Lane (with a John Baker time trial to the A25!), Stone Street, Plaxtol, Colin Kane taking the Pete Gray Award for the Long Mill Lane sprint and on to Offham, W Malling, Ryarsh, Birling and the day’s feature climb up Birling Hill – a real brute. Then on to the back lanes around Luddesdown – passing Tony Beaumont and a couple of others heading in the opposite direction – to Cobham via a detour through the grounds of Cobham College (to circumvent some very unhelpful road contractors blocking the top of the climb up from Luddesdown) and then Sole Street, Nurstead, Longfield Hill and via Hartley Bottom to fast, friendly service at the Black Horse at Stansted. Just under 39 miles and over 2800 feet climbed. Home via Terry’s Lodge and Pilgrims’ Way.

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Martin Howe

posted this comment on August 22, 2021

Saturday Ride – Otford to Aylesford 21 August 2021 – Martin Howe
A small group consisting of Chris Simms, Bob Craig, David Binks and myself (the Fab 4) left PVC and rode up to Ivy Hatch passing Ightham Mote on our way to Poult Wood 🌳🌳🌳. From there we rode around the outskirts of Hadlow where Bob peeled off. The Fab 3 continued via East Peckham, Nettlestead to Wateringbury. As we cruised up Red Hill 😰 it started to rain ⛈ and we donned rain jackets for the last stretch down Sweets Lane through Ditton and into Aylesford where the rain stopped as we reached the Chequers pub…typical! We waited nearly half an hour to get a drink 😞 and about an hour and a half 🕜 to get an average sandwich. Even the beer mats were looking increasingly appetising 👀 by the time the food arrived! We received an apology for their poor service which included communication issues and ‘computer says no’ 💻 (even though our order consisted of a bowl of soup and two (very limited choice) sandwiches. A free drink was offered 😉. We managed to escape from the pub at about 2.40pm 🕝 and had a dry run back via West Malling, Platt and Borough Green ☁. We stopped for a chat in Wrotham village and made our various ways home via Wrotham Hill. No glitches on the ride 👍 and we all noted that once out of Kemsing the roads seemed eerily quiet for a Saturday morning.

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rosemary wakefield

posted this comment on August 21, 2021

B1 RIDE WEDNESDAY 25TH AUGUST

START VILAGE TEAROOM HEADCORN 1100 LUNCH TENTERDEN RAILWAY STATION TEA HEADCORN AERODROME

38 MILES PLENTY OF PARKING IN HEADCORN OR TRAIN ORPINGTON 0913 SEVENOAKS 0943 TONBRIDGE 0952 ARRIVING HEADCORN 1014 OR ORPINGTON0 943 SEVENOAKS 1013 TONBRIDGE 1022 ARRIVING HEADCORN 1044

LOOK FORWARD TO A GOOD DAY OUT HOPE YOU CAN JOIN ME

ROSEMARY WAKEFIELD

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Richard Bingham

posted this comment on August 19, 2021

Prems: Wed 18 Aug

Five Prems were up for another century this week. After last weeks climbing fest this weeks ride was a (comparatively) pan flat effort to Rye and back. The route out was via Tudeley, Horsmonden, Goudhurst, Benenden and Wittersham. To take in a bit of sea air we then pushed on to Winchelsea for a loop back along the coastal path to Rye Harbour and the William the Conqueror for lunch. The return was via Appledore, Tenterden and Biddenden where we were disappointed to find that the Biddenden vineyard shop is no longer offering tea and cakes. An enjoyable day none the less

Riders joining me were John Baker, Colin Kane, Paul Geradine and Jonathan East

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Tricia Hewlett

posted this comment on August 19, 2021

14 B2 riders out yesterday despite being a bit of a grey mizzly start but Kentish countryside looking as lovely as ever and it brightened up later. Out riding yesterday were Peter Woods, Sally, Dave Collier, Linda, Mike Yeo, Francoise, Roy K, Paul Godfrey, Joe M, Ken Mould, John Thompson and Ken Dean. We picked up a straggler en route who had deserted the B1s as their pace was too fast! I won’t spill the beans but think the B1s may have let the cat out of the bag!

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Christopher H Brett

posted this comment on August 18, 2021

B1 Ride 18 Aug 2021
We met at Polhill GC where both A1 and B2’s also assembled. Nice to see familiar faces after so long.
Weather was mild with a light westerly wind but very overcast.
Six of us departed and these were Danny Gazzi, Nick Leng-Smith, Bob Stock, Paul Mac Donald, Ken Dean and your truly. Were were bound for Ye Arrow, Rochester. We went east along to Otford and joined the Pilgrims Way. We had three minor stoppages – my chain came off twice after second tome it was noticed the chain was not on the upper roller on the derailleur so soon fixed, then Nick bike was making ticking noises sounding like broken spokes – soon fixed when it was noted the gear cable was hitting the spokes! Us “expert” riders!! by now a slight drizzle had started but we carried on regardless. We travelled towards Wrotham but Ken decided to leave us to join with the B2s. He told me I was a little too fast for him but the others said his bikes battery was low in charge so he didn’t want to risk riding back from Rochester un-powered! After Wrotham I turned south just add a couple of miles and re-joined Pilgrims Way just before Dropping down to pass The George at Trottiscliffe, then on to ride through Snodland turned left for a short stretch on the A228 before turning off to Peters Village, over the Medway and then left aiming north for Rochester, except my sat nav through a wobbly and eventually sorted its self out. At Rochester, looking very pretty by the turn up to the castle where Nick and I stopped to have our sandwiches. The other 3 carried on down to Ye Arrow. Nick and I joined them once our sandwiches were done.. Bob and Paul led us back,
I did 59miles door to door – a 2021 record for me and 3200 ft of climbing in total.
Thanks guys I enjoyed your company.
Not available to ride next week so enjoy those that do make it.

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Martin Gill

posted this comment on August 18, 2021

Today 6 A1s set off from Polhill, rode over Ide Hill, and climbed up to Chiddingstone Hoath. Then we headed East along Bassetts Lane and Furnace Lane, 2 of my favourite Lanes, to get to Lingfield for lunch at the Star Inn. We returned via the private road above Trevereux and Clacketts Lane. With me were Barry Barlow, Danny Eagles, Ray Hardinge and Bert & Agnes Heijna.

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Barry Barlow

posted this comment on August 18, 2021

I am posting this for a non member – any interest please contact Dennis Finn email :- janflinn@greenbee.net

2014 BMC full carbon Teammachine SLO2
Size 54 (rider height approx 170cm – 180cm)
Less than 6,000 miles use.
Ultegra 6800 group set
Chainset and front changer upgraded to FC-R8000 with Magene P35 dual sided power meters and new bearing set (approx 1750 miles ago) recent new chain.
Shimano WH- RS11 wheels in very good condition as bike has mainly been used with carbon wheel set. Steerer uncut with 30mm spacer adjustment.
Vittoria Corsa Graphene 2.0 tyres (one new)
Bike generally in immaculate condition with no crash or impact damage.
I am selling this bike for my son who is abroad and will accept a fair offer, if you are interested please come up and have a look – Dennis Flinn tel 01732 750395 ( Ide Hill )

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Chris Simms

posted this comment on August 13, 2021

A1 Ride, Wednesday 11th August.
Eight riders met at the Cornerhouse Cafe, Lenham on a warm sunny day. Bert and Agnes, Barry B, Ray H, Bob C and Danny E all arrived by car. Martin G by bike. A pleasant and not particularly hard ride to Dymchurch where we had lunch at The Ship Inn. The good, but rather expensive baguette at £10.50 was mitigated by the somewhat cheaper pint of bitter at £3.50. The ride back was definitely harder, being uphill most of the way, but a nice 60 mile round trip.

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Michael Yeo

posted this comment on August 12, 2021

Whoops! Brian Weeks Not Brian Woods

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Michael Yeo

posted this comment on August 12, 2021

B2 ride Wednesday 11th August to Shorne woods country park
Joining me where ;- Francoise ? Tricia Hewlett , Linda Kemp , Peter’s Mould and Dean, David’s Collier and Parker, Paul Mcateeer, Peter’s Woods and Ham, Brian Woods , myself, and Peter Hawker though not for long .
A fine day and 18+ miles via Darenth , Bean , Southfleet, Instead rise, Sole street and Cobham

Michael Yeo

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Colin Kane

posted this comment on August 12, 2021

Prems 11/08/21 We fancied stretching our legs this week. Beachy Head seamed to fit the bill 100+ miles from our start at Brittains Common, where we met at 8:30. Just four of us this week. John Baker, Richard Bingham, Paul Geradine joined me for a lumpy ride of around 10,000 ft of assent. Our first stop was the Lakeside Cafe at Horam, where while we all enjoyed bacon rolls and coffee Paul slowly repaired a slow puncture. Thankfully that was our only issue that day.
The route was one of Martin Gills that I had adapted to avoid most of The Cuckoo trail. A good route right enough, but in the summer holidays not somewhere for four fast cyclist to be doing there thing.
We reached Beachy Head around midday under leaden skies. But by the time we got back inland to the Pub (The Plough & Harrow at Litlington) the sun had returned. Refreshed with quickly delivered lunches and drinks we returned via Upper and Lower Dicker to pickup our outward route at Horam. too early for tea we pushed on the the Deer Park campsite cafe near Eridge. A welcome break from the relentless hills. Then home home via Groombridge and Chiddingstone.
A great day out on the bike with good friends. What is there to complain about? My legs are still not convinced!!

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rosemary wakefield

posted this comment on August 11, 2021

B1 There has been an accident and there are no trains to ASHFORD until 12 oclock Michael and Rosemary are going by car and if anyone is comming by car and wants to let us know so we can wait for you his number is 07776 366225
We will not leave Costa before 11 oclock

Rosemary

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rosemary wakefield

posted this comment on August 11, 2021

Hi Paul Thank you for the alert Michael is going down to the station as I cannot see that the 10.13 is running. My info is that the first train is the 10.43 Will let you know shortly Rosemary

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Paul McDonnell

posted this comment on August 11, 2021

Update looks like the 10.13 and later trains are back on the 9.43 appears to be cancelled I will just turn up for 9.43 and be prepared to Waite for later train. They must have fixed the problem.

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Paul McDonnell

posted this comment on August 11, 2021

Hi all looks like the trains to Ashford Intl from Sevenoaks to are currently cancelled this am due to an incident. What does that mean for the ride? Drive to Ashford or do an alternative ride from Sevenoaks arrived 9.43?

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Ray Hardinge

posted this comment on August 5, 2021

Our group of A1 riders of Agnes & Bert, Barry, Danny, David K. Martin G. Steve H, Tony R, Bob and myself met up at the Rose & Crown car park (too early for the pub staff it seemed) where Tony left us to find a caffeine shot back home. A rolling ride via Ide Hill, Carter’s Hill and Plaxtol took us to Crouch where Bob peeled off. Agnes & Bert left us at the George in Trottiscliffe (Bert needed some 2000+m of extra climbing later in the afternoon). The food and service at the George was good and after some lively negotiations over the bill we all left for home.

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rosemary wakefield

posted this comment on August 5, 2021

B1 RIDE WEDNESDAY 11TH AUGUST

The ride will be from Ashford Station to St Mary`s Bay where we will have lunch before returning to Ashford. Ride will be 42 miles with 500 feet of ascent and 500 feet of decent!!

Choice for lunch either at the Bailiff`s Sergeant pub or for those with refreshments the beach.

Meet at Costa for coffee at Ashford Station prior to start of ride at 1100

Train times Orpington 0913 change at Sevenoaks for 0943. Tonbridge 0952. Arrive at Ashford 1031

Sevenoaks free parking on our drive for anyone who wishes to bring bike by car. M and R will leave for station at 0920.

If weather forecast is unfovourable ride will be cancelled and notice posted on Blog by 1800 on Tuesday.

Mike Wakefield

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Linda Kemp

posted this comment on August 4, 2021

B2 ride on 4th August 2021 from Dunton Green to Godstone. The nine riders who set off from the Rose and Crown were: Paul G, David P, Malcolm Mc, Joe Mc, John B, Mike Y, Diana O, Ken M and myself. Pete H joined us at Clackets Lane, replacing Paul G who left for home. The nine continued onward through Limpsfield Chart, Pains Hill, Crowhurst and on to Godstone pond where Ken D had waited for our arrival. After picnics were consumed, the group of ten made their way back through Oxted, Titsey Hill and the Pilgrims Way. We were lucky to enjoy a fine dry day. Thank you for your good company today everyone.
Linda

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Paul Geradine

posted this comment on August 4, 2021

Prems ride to The Swan on the Green, W Peckham, 4.8.21: after last week’s expedition to the wilds of N Kent, we were back on familiar ground today from Bessels Green via Ide Hill, Chiddingstone, round the back of Fordcombe, Groombridge, Bunny Lane, Bell’s Yew Green, Lamberhurst, Horsmonden, Yalding and E Peckham to one of our regular lunchtime venues. After some undulations, our speedsters set a torrid pace to Yalding and an early lunch. The food was as good as usual but the service a bit slow. Home via The Hurst, Borough Green, Wrotham, Kemsing and Otford. Just about 60 miles in total and just under 1200m of climbing (3900 ft in old money). Those with me (or often in front of me!) were John Baker, Richard Bingham and Colin Kane.