Dear fellow members and friends

As people who’ve been in the Club for a while will know,  (probably) our oldest member is Brian Hutton  who was a member of the old Brighton section of the Club in the later 1940s.  Brian is also the long time cycling correspondent of the Argus.  He can’t cycle or use the internet nowadays for medical reasons so rather than send him all our newsletters mainly about rides he wouldn’t be able to participate in  I  wait until one of our socials is due or there’s something else in the newsletter I know will interest him and then mail him details together with episodes of my extracts from the 1890s Clarion that have appeared since I last contacted him

Brian and Mary, his wife, have often attended our “socials” in the past.  This time, however, I received a letter from him explaining that they can’t make it on the 26th because they will be celebrating Brian’s 80th birthday with the family.

I shall be sending him a card with greetings from us all nearer the time.  Not just any old card but one of Fred’s famous views kindly donated by the artist himself. (the one showing  Cuckmere Haven and the Seven Sisters)

How things change!  Last issue I was moaning about all the ride slots we had got to fill;  now I see that we have just 4 unspoken for between now and the end of the year!  The first one is 7 October.  Any offers?

Observant readers will notice that there is – very unusually – no details of “The Next Ride”  in this issue.  That’s because we decided to use the date that would have been the next ride for the summer social instead.  (details again below).  There will be a newsletter after the social – with a report of that event and details of Roger’s   9 September ride.

You can make it a little ride on 26th by joining Suzanne and Roger at the Palace pier .  And in case anyone is feeling the need for a “proper” ride before than I’m repeating the details of the Lewes Stop the Cuts ride on 18th August below.


Clarion Summer Social

The Clarion Summer Social will be on Sunday 26th August on Rottingdean Beach. Bring your picnic and bathing togs: low tide approx 12.30 rock pools to play in – high tide 18.30 so 3.30 good time to swim. Rain shelter, pubs, toilet, coffee immediately adjacent. Pitch and Putt within 6 minutes stroll.

Cycling: meet at Palace Pier at 11.30am (lead by Roger + Suzanne).

Bus: 12, 12A and 12X, and 13X, 14B  every 10-15 minutes from Brighton Station  to White Horse” stop in Rottingdean. and walk down to beach – bathing beach immediately opposite.

Car: Might be tricky if busy: Pay and display outside Tesco at main crossroads £2.50 for 3 hours and over; White Horse pub car park £3.00 up to 3 hours, but £6.00 over 3 hours, quite a lot of free parking further away.

Meet on bathing beach.


Lewes Stop the Cuts ride Saturday 18 August

Lewes Stop the Cuts is an organisation which campaigns against all the cuts.  We believe that the “austerity” programme is politically motivated as a drive towards privatisation and shrinking the public sector and that the money could be clawed back in other ways, for example by forcing rich companies to pay their fair share of taxation and by stopping banker bonuses..

We are a broad church and not affiliated to a political party.  We have campaigned on Benefits Cuts, the Health Service and numerous other issues and have organised some direct actions as well as running a stall most Saturdays which gives out leaflets etc and advertises upcoming events and demos.  We started to run bike rides as we realised there were a number of keen cyclists in our group and we support cycling as a healthy sustainable means of alternative transport.

Our third official ride starts at 11am on Saturday 18th August from outside the Pells pool.  It is fine 27 mile route under the downs to Shoreham, calling at a café at Hurstpierpoint and pub with garden at Fulking and finishing with a run down the downslink path to Shoreham for a train back.  All welcome..  People who are getting back into cycling particularly welcome.  We will travel at the pace of the slowest. The ride is undulating in parts but there are no serious hills You can find details of the ride here

To get a very rough idea of how much 27 miles is divide it by four to get the equivalent in walking miles.  If that still seems too much then take the 11.20 train from Lewes to Plumpton.  If we get to Plumpton before the train we will wait at the station.  If we are not there when you get off  then do not panic.  We are still on our way. This will take about 5 miles off of the ride.  Phone 01273483869  before the day if you want to take this option. Also phone this number if you would like to be met at Lewes station at 10.45 to be guided to the Pells

Sue Priest and Chris Smith


One Response to News

  1. Hello,
    I’m trying to find contact details for Sue Priest who has left a message but unfortunately with incorrect telephone number to call back re the Ouse Valley Cycle Network
    Hoping that your members might be interested in our project!
    Thank you, Susan Thompson.

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