News and Xmas social

8 November 2011

Dear fellow members and friends

I’m sure that all our fingers are crossed for a mild winter – especially on the days when we’ve got rides scheduled. But I think it’s time to bring back into play the system we tried out last year whereby the ride leader can – if the forecast looks really awful – cancel (or postpone to a slot later on) the ride by 5 pm on the Saturday before.

This can be done in two ways – and I’m happy with either. Either the ride organiser (which apart from me is just Sue P at the time of writing) can let me know before the deadline and I’ll send out the appropriate message to the mailing list, or I can supply the latest version of the list to whoever is leading the ride and s/he can send out the message. I don’t think we need to bother about confirming rides unless there’s been some prior discussion about whether a ride should go ahead or not. In the normal way, if you haven’t had an email by 5 pm on the Saturday you can assume that the ride will go ahead the next day.

No one has volunteered to take on the 4 December ride so, in my role as “back-stop”, I’ve put myself in for it. But we can always change that if anyone is really keen to organise something for that date but hasn’t got round to letting me know yet. Probably, given my extreme susceptibility to cold weather, I’m not the best person to offer two rides in December – but my fingers are firmly crossed!

And it’s not too early for offers for rides in the New Year – starting with 8 January.


Clarion Christmas social:
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 4AB. 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. Our booking in the tea room is at 1.30 pm, but I hope people will want to turn up earlier and have a wander about first. 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!


Clarion Bank Holiday Picnic

26 August 2011

Date: Monday 29 August 2011 from 12 noon
Place: Brooklands Park, Worthing (meet by boating-lake kiosk)

[Map here]

Getting there: Option 1 Bike: meet Suzanne at the Palace Pier at 10.30 am for a leisurely ride
Option 2 Train: to East Worthing Station or Lancing Station and walk to park
Option 3 Car: plenty of car parking spaces at park
Meeting time: Noon
Bring: Food and drink to share
Something to sit on
Kids and friends

Attractions: Clarion fun and games (free)
Miniature railway
Rowing boats
Sea bathing 200 yards away (bit seaweedy but free)
Café and toilets
Children’s play area

Queries: Beforehand: Contact Suzanne 01273 321794
On the day: Roger’s mobile: 0789 985 1172