To TA East members and friends
From Ferg Muir

Members will be sorry to hear of the death of John Biggs, father of our Essex members David and Gordon Biggs
The funeral will be on Wednesday 25th July, 2pm, at the Herongate Green Cemetery, just south of Brentwood. David Biggs, 01702 542244 can provide directions if needed.

John had attended several Stan Spelling/Jenny Noad Championship weekends in recent years – a white-haired, sports-jacketed gentleman, often to be seen not far from one of the immaculate tricycles that he and his sons maintained.
He had a special interest in Raleigh cycles and in Sturmey-Archer gears.- and was also interested in fishing tackle – not as different as you might think, remembering that Shimano, for instance made fishing reels before they made gears, I believe.

John Biggs started club cycling with the Mid-Essex CTC and their then racing offshoot the Viking Road Club. By 1948 he was one of the early members of the Chelmer CC. In tricycling terms he was especially associated with helping Dick Drury and notably Dick’s successful pursuit of the RRA straight out trike 50 record in the late 60s.

If you have interesting tricycling memories of John I would be please to hear.

Mike Moody is better than your captain at making plans well in advance.
I asked him he would take charge of a TA East Meet and he has come up with a

So I do urge you to put this in your diaries
He writes:
The aim would be to meet at the Railway Arms Cafe/Bar at Downham Market Station at 10:30, leaving at 11:00 and travelling through Downham Market, to Denver, past the Mill, stopping for a brief look if it is open, then down to the massive Sluice complex where I will attempt to explain where all the water comes from and goes to, or in the case of the Cut-off Channel, vice-versa sometimes!
From there the road down to Ten Mile bank frequently gives views of the Great Ouse before we head out across the fens to WWT Welney. What happens next will depend on the state of the Ouse Washes. If the road is closed we can ride down to have a look before returning to WWT for lunch and an optional visit to the reserve. If the road is open then I suggest we cross Wash Road and have lunch at the lovely Lamb & Flag in Welney and those that wish can visit WWT on the return trip. For those that want to extend their ride they can follow the winding B1100 and B1094 partly following the Norfolk Cambridgeshire border before following the line of the Fen Causeway back to Nordelph and Salters Lode on the other side of Denver Sluice before crossing the Great Ouse back to Downham Market Station.

The November date is to fit in with the winter swan season at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Welney
See: www.wwt.org.uk/visit-us/welney/things-to-see-and-do/winter-swan-season/

The references to Ouse Wash road refers to the A1101 road across the tract of land between the Old Bedford River and the New Bedford River. This is (deliberately) flooded in winter as part of the Fenland flood control arrangements. November should be about the least likely time for it to be flooded, but with the seasons we are currently suffering ….you never know.
Downham Market Station is wonderful.
We are most likely to avail ourselves of the Cafe aspect, but the following paragraph, copied from the “Beer in the Evening” website gives a flavour from the beer drinkers point of view:
Travelling on a train from Watlington to London, our carriage fortuitously drew up right outside the entrance to this small pub and café, which occupies part of the old station buildings at Downham Market station. On a whim we decided to hop off and give it a try. The interior was cosy, with interesting old railway photographs on display and a model railway track snaking round the upper walls; the small bar was serving two ales (“Polar Express” and “Little Sharpie”) and one cider (“Pickled Pig”), all on gravity dispense. Both beers we tried were excellent and we also had a very pleasant conversation with the friendly owner. Highly recommended 10/10.

Before that, our next EAST meet is not that far away- ON SATURDAY 28th JULY.
As listed in TA EAST NEWS for 28th June – the basic details are:
Coffee – Cafe in the Park, Castle Park Colchester grid ref TL997271. Postcode CO1 1DN. Riverside cycleway to lunch at ROSE & CROWN, WIVENHOE QUAY CO7 9BX.

Essentially this is a midsummer meet at a pub with tables outside with a memorable view across the Colne estuary at Wivenhoe

Before that we meet for elevenses at Colchester Cafe in the Park near the STAN RABY WAY. This is a cycleway across the park named after a prominent member of Colchester Rovers Cycling Club. As befits a club with a history going back more than 110 years the Rovers already have as many trophies as they can reasonably polish, so when they wanted to honour the memory of Stan Raby they approached the local council and went through the procedure to get this facility named in his memory.

From the Cafe in the Park we will follow a cycleway, mostly along the side of the River Colne, past the former Youth Hostel on East Hill where many of us remember staying before London East Region time trials, all the way to Wivenhoe.
Beyond that – more dates:
SUN 5th EAST 12 Hour Course B12/3 Based at Scoulton Village Hall near Watton Entries £14 Event Sec: Don Saunders 01953 884297. 25th-27th Mildenhall Rally. See TA Website.
THURS 30th EAST Coffee – Stowmarket – Osiers Tearoom, Museum of East Anglian Life. TL 047586. Lunch DEBENHAM Angel TM173635.
SUN 16th EAST 50 on B50/18 at Morley. Entries £8.25, Event Sec: Martin Badham 01603 897738.
SUN 16th EAST AGM following 50 at Morley Village Hall. Grid ref: TM074977 – Approx 12.00 noon
Sun 7th EAST 25 on E1/25b, (near Lea Valley CC Clubhut) Entries £8.00, Event Sec Mike Keen 0207 253 2370. Followed by Lunchtime meet in the Newport ( Essex) area.

That good friend of the East, former National Captain Greta Spiers is recovering from breaking a femur, close to her hip. Greta fell in the car-park of Tescos – where she works. She has been successfully bolted together and is now at home and looking forward to her 75th birthday next month – and indeed is already doing some drawing.

Best wishes to you all
Ferg Muir 01603 615000 fergusmuir@btinternet.com


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