News and Xmas Social

Dear fellow members and friends

Not often one can get the newsletter out on the same day as the “Last Ride” but thanks to Suzanne’s incredible speed I can today. [Guinness Book of Records will be informed.]

[Unfortunately updating the website took a little longer as Fred’s computer went Kaput! – Fred]

Sue has responded to my plea for a ride for 8 January (see below) – and Jim tells me he has a number of possible rides that he’s working on for the New Year. Thanks to both of them. But don’t let that deter anyone else from offering a ride for the early part of 2012.

Members be aware that subscription renewal time is approaching. Jim will be giving details in the next issue.

A few days ago I received the following from Leon – about the demonstration and rally last Wednesday in support of the public sector pension strike. He writes:

On the 30th November 2011 eight Brighton and Hove Clarion members attended the ‘Day of Action’ protest march through the streets of Brighton. In alphabetical order:- Anne Barry, Angela Coulter, Fred Pipes, Ian Bullock, Joyce Edmond-Smith, Leon Moore, Mick Barry and Sue Bullock.
Due to the huge number of protesters, we were not aware of some of our friends’ locations during the march. Joyce, Fred and Leon set of from the start at the ‘Occupy Brighton’ site at the Victoria Gardens. Soon to meet Anne and Mick in the Old Steine. Joyce blended into the crowd and was unfortunately separated from us. Mick had other business to attend to and left us at Castle Square. Soon followed be Fred, leaving to join the [NUJ] pickets at the BBC on Queens Road. I was now on my own as was Joyce. When I arrived at the Level I met Ian, Sue, Anne and Angela. Joyce joined us at about 2pm. We didn’t meet Fred again. The speeches that were given by some ten or twelve speakers were wonderful, especially from a visiting American from the Teamsters and our Brighton Green MP Caroline Lucas.    

Clarion protestors

Tessa’s Christmas Open House with a wide range of work from other artists as well, of course, as her own ceramics will be open from 11 to 6 on 11/12 December.

I felt a bit feeble – more than a bit – reading about an 80 year old who had just done a Lands End to John O’Groats cycle ride (in this week’s Cycling Weekly – aka “the comic”). Chapeaux! He’d taken 15 days over it – but I’d probably need 150 – and at a decade younger. Not that I would contemplate trying such a thing. But in an odd way hearing such tales does help to keep you going – does me, anyway.


This coming weekend! – Clarion Christmas social: Be there!

Lunch or afternoon tea at Hove Museum & Art Gallery – Saturday 10 December, 1.30–4.30 pm (but do come along earlier). The museum is at 19 New Church Road, Hove BN3 4 AB. Entry is free. The permanent collections are based around ‘Toys, cinema, local history and fine art’ and the special exhibition (also free) on 10 December will be ‘Robot Invasion’ – a vast range of robots and space toys from the collection of Sussex artist and illustrator Chris McEwan. Sounds fun! On Saturdays the museum is open from 10 am to 4.30 pm

Buses to the museum are numbers 1, 1A, 6, 6A, or 49 from Brighton North Street or Churchill Square stops, and Hove station is a short bike ride or a 20-minute walk away.

The tea room offers a range of afternoon teas, from cream tea (£4.50), or cream tea with sandwiches (£7.95), to a sumptuous-sounding three-tier cake stand loaded with cakes and sandwiches at £10 a head. The light lunches include rarebits, omelettes, jacket potatoes and fillings, lamb casserole or veggie options, etc, and should cost no more than about £9.

For more information about the museum go to the website at and select ‘Museums’. Then from the side bar on the left choose Hove Museum & Art Gallery.

The tea room will need some idea of numbers nearer the time, so please contact me as soon as possible this month via the Google group or text me on 07527 119 736 to let me know if you are planning to come.

Looking forward to seeing everyone!


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