cycling in Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire and beyond…..

Monthly archive for February 2015

Puttenham Barn is looking for more wardens

Puttenham Camping Barn The barn in Puttenham (opposite the church) offers basic accommodation for people walking and cycling in the Surrey Hills. It’s an eco-friendly oasis of calm in our busy area, open between Easter and the end of October, and run by a charitable trust and volunteer wardens. 2014 was the busiest year ever, and sadly some potential visitors had to be turned away due to difficulty finding wardens. Our wardens: get training and support welcome fellow cyclists and others to the barn make a practical and positive contribution to a great venture. If you’d be interested in joining the panel of wardens, please contact Helen Juden or Mark Waters, local CTC members who are also wardens and can tell you more. Helen Juden a mailto link to *protected email* Mark Waters a mailto link to *protected email*

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Jonathan Bell – hand-cyclist – training for Coast-to-coast charity ride in April

A few weeks ago I was contacted about Jonathan Bell, who was in the Army, seriously injured in a training accident in the 1990s and paralysed below the upper back. He rides a hand-cranked recumbent trike and is riding coast to coast, Morecambe to Filey, over three days starting 6th April, to raise money for Blesma (British Limbless Ex-Service Men’s Association) – see  He wants to do some training out in the Surrey Hills (he’s going to meet a few in Lancashire and Yorkshire!) but is a bit nervous about riding on his own on busy roads because his trike is very low down. He lives in Weybridge, Oatlands Village area, so quite close to some of us. I have taken him out for five rides so far but it would be good if someone else could help out too. I enjoy the rides – he’s good company.  I’ve

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Magazine deadline

This is a reminder that 26th February is the deadline for submission of articles for possible inclusion in the Apr-Jun issue of The West Surrey Cyclist.  Send them to Those of you who do not currently receive The West Surrey Cyclist might like to know that it appears quarterly.  In addition to various articles by members it includes the coming quarter’s Rides List.  It’s possible to receive the magazine either in printed form or by email as a PDF file. ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION FOR PRINTED COPIES OF THE MAGAZINE AND RIDES LIST IS £6. Send a cheque payable to ‘West Surrey CTC’ to Phil Hamilton, 165 York Road, Woking GU22 7XS. PDF COPIES OF THE MAGAZINE AND RIDES LIST ARE FREE. Send an email to *protected email* to be added to the distribution list. Dane Maslen, Editor

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Annual Dinner 28th February

Thank you to those who have already responded and booked their places at the dinner on 28th February, which this year will feature not only the presentation of awards, some expected and some with an element of surprise, but also a short talk by Chris Juden, who no doubt has a fund of interesting stories from his 30 years working with CTC. This is a final reminder for those who have not yet booked; please contact me by e-mail ( or phone to reserve your place and advise your menu choices; see post of 15 January for all further details.  

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Midweek Farnham Ride Cancelled

Liz Palethorpe has seen the weather forecast for tomorrow (Wednesday 3 February) and has decided that it’s best to cancel the ride this week. Sorry, but safety rules!

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