To TA East members and friends
From Ferg Muir (with a lot of help)

Next Saturday week, November 10th we have our WETLANDS WANDER giving a chance for members in the west of our region an opportunity to attend a meet without a long journey.
MIKE MOODY from Elm is leading the run .
This is what he has to say:

We meet at 10:30 at The Railway Arms on the town side of Downham Market Station and immediately take a trip back in time to a more genteel era of rail travel. The Station was built in 1846 and is Grade 2 listed and built in traditional Norfolk Carr Stone. A warm welcome and a choice of coffee or beer await. Don’t worry if you are early as there are enough books and comfy chairs in the waiting room to keep anyone amused.

Once we have been refreshed we start with a brief climb away from the fens through the centre of Downham past the Victorian Clock Tower before taking a quiet lane over the busy main road to the small village of Denver, dropping back to almost sea level as we pass the sad sight of Denver Mill, restored at great expense but little skill in the 1990’s. One sail fell off in 2011 and the last sail was taken off in January this year! We continue to the massive Denver Sluice complex where five rivers meet and I will attempt to explain this rather wet version of Spaghetti Junction!

Moving on we follow the Great Ouse with splendid views of the river before dropping down to almost sea level as we pass the Welney Wetlands Centre followed by a short climb up to the Suspension Bridge over the New Bedford River then down below sea level on the causeway over the 980m wide Ouse Wash before taking the double bridge over the River Delph and Old Bedford River to The Lamb and Flag in Welney for lunch by a roaring fire with Elgoods finest Wisbech ales to keep us refreshed.

As of Saturday 27th October the Causeway over The Ouse Wash was open, but the edges were only about six inches above the surrounding nine square miles of water so lets hope we don’t have too much rain in the next two weeks! The view is quite spectacular.

If you can come please ring me on 01945 861046 or email mike@mjmoody.co.uk so I can warn the Lamb & Flag and reserve a table for lunch.

Many of you will have read Audrey Hughes’ tricycling obituary to LES REASON of Holt in the TA Gazette. A more general obituary written by his daughter together with a portrait photo can be seen on the Guardian Website at

Which reminds me that the obituary of RAY BOOTY may also be of interest – find it at:
Although Booty’s great achievements were all on two wheels, he rode a trike in the winter – and the Holdsworth conversion set that he used then is now owned by our member Bill Hutchinson of Swaffham.

Straying even further into two-wheel land, I hear that there is to be a radio play about Beryl Burton and her husband, provisionally scheduled to be broadcast on Radio 4 on Tuesday 27th November at 2.15pm

Just five members came along on our Bramford and Battisford Tye Meet. The Waterside Cafe was packed when the first trikes arrived, though it thinned out a bit later. In contrast we were the only customers for a long time at the Punch Bowl. Later a few more locals did come in – for which I was glad as they are trying very hard to make a go of this community-run pub, it is clean and smart and we were made very welcome – they deserve support.

After we went our different ways I went to see Little Finborough Church, which is only half a mile from the Punch Bowl. The church stands alone in a remote churchyard so quiet that peering through the windows to glimpse the inside I could hear the muscles in my neck creaking.

The churchyard contains an old shepherd’s hut on wheels, now used as a tool-store, and has some of the featues marked with notices. I walked across to see what one board said – and found it proclaimed “Bramble” followed by erudite information about the plant.
Could be a useful idea if your garden is suffering from your devotion to mile-eating.
Can anyone come up with an adaptation for piles of paper awaiting sorting?

Reading the TA Gazette version of the Wetland Wander details, which refers to meeting on Platform 1 at Downham Market, I recall that returning by train from a Mersey 24 I found myself changing trains at Stockport and being directed to Platform 0.
Sounded like something out of Harry Potter, but it is a fact – and indeed I caught the through train to Norwich there.

Anyway – hope that many of you will come to the Downham Market Railway Arms, on Platform 1, the town side, for the Wetlands Wander on Saturday 10th November

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


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