20 September 2017

Dear All

I have so much important stuff from other people that I will confine my own contribution this time to inviting offers for 29 October. I’ve put reports from Jim et al on the Avenue Verte and of Leon on a ‘Clarion mini ride’ after the Next Ride details and Anne’s report of Sunday’s ride.’

I’m going to be away for the next newsletter which Roger will be sending out. Please send any reports – especially the 1 October ride report to both of us. Roger is at


Christmas Lunch – message from Angela. Since there is a menu attached, it will be easier if I forward this separately.

A27 Crossing to Coombes Road

Joyce, our Campaigns Organiser, has registered our objections.

I am objecting on behalf of The Brighton & Hove Clarion Cycling Club for the following reasons:-

1. This application goes against West Sussex’ Walking and Cycling Strategy by reducing the safety and convenience of cyclists.
2. As a group which uses the A27 crossing we do not agree with the suggestion in the Transport Assessment that there is “very low cycling demand”.
3. The proposed replacement for the existing crossing from Old Shoreham Road makes the cyclist’s journey even more hazardous and longer.
4. It is retrograde and contrary to Government advice for a large new development to worsen the cyclist’s experience rather than use the opportunity to improve it (Highways England’s Interim Advice Note 195/16)
5. This proposal should be using the opportunity to prioritise and advance walking and cycling as per Government and West Sussex County Council Transport Policy, rather than as it does at present  encourage car use and discourage cycling and walking.
6. If the existing (already hazardous) crossing is to be removed it should be replaced by a bridge or underpass to give safe direct access from the Old Shoreham Rad to Coombes Road for all non-motorised road users. It should be usable in all weather and appropriately lit.

Meanwhile, Sikka has reported and Joyce confirmed that the website is not easy to use. This is further confirmed by an email received from the Howie Banks, chair of local Cycling UK.

Planning Application: AWDM/0961/17
It is  apparent that the recent website advertised to object to this scheme has been difficult to use via anything other than a PC, therefore many objections are not being heard and time is running out (Last objection September 29th 2017).In its current form this planning application would result in the loss of the crossing over the A27 from the old Shoreham Toll Bridge to Coombes Road which will be removed and the Old Shoreham Road junction will be permanently closed if the New Monks Farm proposals are approved!The proposed alternative crossing for cyclists involves at least a 1km detour with four new sets of traffic lights over a new roundabout and an upgraded A27.Off-road alternatives have not been agreed and might prove non-viable. Meanwhile this major development would go ahead.Recently, there has been a fatality on this stretch of road, walkers, workers and pupils from Lancing College would also have to find an alternative crossing.

If you would like to object to this planning proposal or suggest an alternative such as a bridge or tunnel please use this link kindly provide by Bricycles.
Or email: quoting AWDM/0961/17 in the subject.



11 September 2017

Dear All

Only a day late this time, which is not too bad considering. Not, I hasten to add because I was waiting for the last ride report – which does sometimes happen. Not on this occasion.

Sue developed a mysterious illness involving dehydration and low blood pressure a week last Saturday which resulted in her being in hospital for the next ten days while the medics tried to work out what had caused it. Made her escape yesterday evening. Still a bit of a mystery but at least she’s now back home and feeling OK.

During that time when I haven’t been at the hospital I’ve been busy with some final queries from my editor about the ILP book that has been so long in the gestation. So one way and another I’ve been a bit pre-occupied. Hope I haven’t missed anything out that anyone has asked to be included in this newsletter – apologies if I have.

I never did get a report for Julian’s Dell Quay ride but as you’ll see further on Angela has done one for the 3rd September one.
Sikka and Tessa have put their names down for 15 October but we are still short of one for 1 October. Any offers?

I’ve had an important message from Becky at Bricycles about the drastic changes planned for getting for the familiar route from the Toll Bridge to the Coombes Road.

I assume we all agree that we should add the B&H Clarion to the objectors. (If anyone disagrees please let me know before the weekend; if necessary we can have a special meeting to discuss the issue.)

We have used the current crossing many many times since 2004 and I personally can recall using it quite frequently back in the ‘70s. I think we should all register our objections as individuals too. Anyway, here’s Becky’s message. Plenty of useful info on the Bricycles website (see below)

URGENT Our Shoreham cycling and walking crossing is at risk! Object to the loss of a direct crossing over the A27 by September 29.

The planning application for the New Monks Farm development in Lancing is under consultation. Approval would mean the removal of our accustomed crossing of the A27 from the old Shoreham Toll Bridge to Coombes Road. The proposed replacement will involve a long detour and 4 sets of traffic lights. We are calling for a bridge or an underpass instead.

More information on making an objection:
The application, ref. no. AWDM/0961/17 is on the Adur and Worthing Councilwebsite:
You have to register and log in to make a comment. Please do this by 29 September.
If you have time, please also give your views to Tim Loughton, MP for
Shoreham via:

2018 membership and problems from not having a Membership Secretary currently
I’ve also had a message from our national secretary, Ian Clarke, who writes:-

Please note that whilst the membership year runs from January 1st for current/renewing members, any NEW members who join from 1st of September, will be members for the remainder of this year and full year for 2018.

I hope to send out membership forms to you during the course of September, so please do not send any new memberships until you’ve received them.

Please be aware that the club is still seeking a new membership secretary, and we would be grateful if you could raise this at your own meetings. Currently, we do not have even an incumbent membership secretary which makes it very difficult for us to deal with these matters.

The committee is currently reviewing the whole process, as well as the issue of taking all Clarion sections over to online membership, following the trial we had with several sections this year.

Should you have any recommendations, suggestions or proposals, please feel free to contact us. Indeed, if any of your members work for a business that may be able to help us out with the administration of memberships we would be pleased to hear from them.

Avenue Vert Ride
Angela, Ivor, Jim and Wendy all took part – for varying lengths of time – in the Avenue Vert ride. Jim tells me there will be a report in time for the next newsletter.



27 August 2017

25 August 2017

Dear All

Late again!

And, as you’ll see further on, with no ‘Last Ride’ report.

As ever, I intended to put the newsletter out on Tuesday.  It was almost ready, missing only the ride report.

Julian contacted me to say that someone on the ride had offered to do the report, but that he discovered later, after the ride, that the person concerned was new the the club and probably had little idea of what was required.

Worse, neither Julian or I seemed to have an email (or phone number) to try to establish contact.  I don’t think I can wait any longer without making problems for those who might be planning to go on the next ride Sunday week, so with great reluctance and apologies all  round I’m sending this out incomplete.

However, if anyone on last Sunday’s Dell Quay ride likes to send me a report I’ll send it on to you. If I get more than one that’s fine too!

As reported since the last newsletter the September rides are now covered – thanks to Julian (again!) and Mick. And thanks also to Sikka and Tessa who also volunteered for 17th a little later than Mick.  I hope they will be able to offer their ride before too long – perhaps one of the 3 rides scheduled for October?   But all offers for the 3 dates will be very very welcome.

I’ve had the following message from Angela (D). It’s self explanatory and I hope someone will be able to help.

If you can please contact Angela.

The Labour party conference is taking place in Brighton between 24-27 September.

Bricycles, the local campaigning group for cyclists is taking MPs and others on a short cycle ride along Hove sea front on Monday 25th September.

We may need to borrow a few extra bikes. Is anyone available locally who would be prepared to lend a bicycle or two?

Thank you


Just a reminder. If – like Angela above – you have anything you’d like to see in the newsletter please send it me.  Always on the look-out for good ‘copy’!



7 August 2017

7 August 2017

Dear All

So, a day earlier than usual this time. All thanks to Tessa who was quick off the mark to report on yesterday’s ride and to Julian who sent me his ride details about a fortnight in advance.

The less good news is that so far we have no offers for the the two September rides on 3rd and 17th .  Anyone want to take one of them on?

Our membership tends to fluctuate – sometimes we’ve been up to between 40 and 50. Julian tells me that currently we have 35 – nineteen women and sixteen men.  Excellent!

From time to time in these newsletters I include extracts from Cycling UK’s (the ‘brand name’ of the CTC) Cycleclips.  Sometimes they are celebratory, sometimes amusing and sometimes like the one I included last time about the huge proportion of bike thefts that are unsolved a bit worrying.  But for mind-blowing-ness I think this one has few competitors

Cyclist caught riding his bike 10 miles up the motorway

52 year old Balin Hobbs was found cycling down the hard shoulder of the M5 this week. According to the BBC article, Balin then cycled from London to attend the court hearing because it was against his spiritual beliefs to be driven in petrol or diesel vehicles. The journey took him three days and he slept on the courtroom steps the night before the hearing. If you’re ever in need of finding a cycle route, don’t forget our free journey planner … it won’t take you on the M5!

Well worth a visit will be Tessa’s latest show Art in Clay at Hatfield House, 18th 19th & 20th August. The details she has sent me are a bit too long to be included in this newsletter so I will be forwarding them separately.

Finally, we really do need an offer for 3rd September sometime in the next two weeks.



27 July 2017

26 July 2017

Dear All

The most important part of this newsletter is always the ‘Next Ride.’ Helen has definitely taken on the Oldland Mill ride (the mill will be open for tea) – similar to the one she led last year – on 6 August – but hasn’t yet finalised the details. I will forward these as soon as possible

The ride will start at Hassocks station and with lots of people arriving for Brighton Pride it is a good idea to allow for a bit of extra time at Brighton station.

I picked the following up from UK Cycling’s Cycle Clips. Good argument for buying the best lock and keeping a close  eye on your bike!

The BBC recently analysed some 18 million crimes over a five-year period across 43 police forces in England and Wales. The analysis showed the proportion of crimes going unsolved was highest for bicycle theft, with an investigation complete but no suspect identified. Cycling UK’s Campaigns Officer Sam Jones is quoted in the article, which also reports on Jenni Morton-Humphreys’ experience of “stealing” back her own bike from a thief.

As   I mentioned in the last newsletter, I had been hoping to lead the ride I had to cancel earlier in the year next month but I’ve had to at least postpone this ambition.  My back and legs are still playing up and though I have at least managed to get back on the bike and do a couple of very short rides it’s going to take me quite a while to something like ‘normal.’  I still hope I’ll be at least out with the Clarion if not leading a ride later in the year.

Any offers for the two September rides on 3rd and 17th ?



11 July 2017

Dear All

The frustrations of getting ever older are very upsetting – until you think about the only available alternative. On holiday last month I developed a very painful left knee and other aches and pains in the legs which had me stumbling round a number of French towns. (But Sue took pity on me and drove us round the extensive gardens at Vaux-le-Vicomte in an electric buggy – highly recommended.) Soon after I got home the knee and general leg pains began to go away – hurrah! Then, getting out of a taxi last a week or so ago I managed to get a horrible spasm in the back followed by a nasty painful ache which though now diminishing is still causing me problems.

The reason to burden you with my tale of woe is that since I had to cancel my ride (unnecessarily as it turned out – but you have to act on the best weather forecasts available) I have earmarked 20 August as a possible date on which to try to do it again. It’s still possible that this might happen – but since Julian has also volunteered his Chichester ride for that date I’ve put him down for it provisionally. Either way we’re OK for rides until the start of September (volunteers please!) and I hope that I will at least get out on a ride – and preferably lead one – before the end of the year.

Recent mailings have been followed by a number of ‘undelivered’ messages – presumably because the email addresses in question are no longer operative. If you do change yours please let me know so I can modify the mailing list and you can continue to receive newsletters.

I am forwarding to you separately news of next year’s Easter Meet. This is much earlier than usual so congratulations to the organisers is definitely in order.

At the Chester Meet earlier in the year there was considerable discussion about the future of the Easter Meet and especially whether it should be moved from Easter (where it’s been for the last 122 years – so the likelihood of change there seems a bit remote).

With both in mind I have chosen for my extract from the 1890s in this issue a piece that illustrates that controversy about the Meet has been more or less endemic from the start. True, in this instance it’s where rather than when that is puzzling Jim (of the Bradford Clarion – definitely not OUR Jim!) but it does make my point in a general way.



3 July 2017

Dear All

Before you settle down in front of the telly to watch the start of the 2017 Tour de France, please give a moment’s thought to the next few stages of Clarion’s ongoing tour.

We have an interesting looking ride scheduled for 9 July, led by Leon. After that, nothing! Any offers pleae, to Ian who is now back in the country (