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Monthly archive for December 2016

Paul Holmes

Helen Juden writes: We are very sorry to report that Paul Holmes passed away on 8 December from the effects of a brain tumour. Paul started cycling with Notts CTC in the 1970s and even as a schoolboy was known for his affection for a traditional style of riding, loving the simplicity of fixed wheel. Later he studied economics at Durham University, where he was a contemporary of Kevin Mayne, former CTC Director. Paul moved to Surrey and took up a teaching post at Godalming College. He rode with the Hardriders and was fond of exploring the UK by bike, staying in Youth Hostels. Approaching retirement, Paul was looking forward to becoming a volunteer seasonal Youth Hostel warden. Sadly, his plans were thwarted by the incidental discovery of a brain tumour affecting his balance. After surgery he experienced some improvement and was able to meet up with one or two

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Annual Dinner 4 March 2017

Please note that the Annual Dinner will take place at the Princess Royal, Runfold, on Saturday 4 March 2017.  Full details, including menu choices and how to book (as early as possible, please) are shown on the blog entry of 3 December.

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Who, what, when and where

An email from our ride leader: lunch will not be the Departure Lounge as advertised as getting home in a reasonable time is next to impossible, it will be Farnham instead.   Sounds very reasonable to me as Alton to home is 35+ miles. I have this mental block about Godalming starts. I know it only takes 50-55 minutes depending on the strength and direction of the wind but come 7:55 and I am fretting – must be on my way. Yet the last time I looked at the thermometer it read -1.8°C. Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey! (An old naval expression; the balls in question are cannonballs and there were stored on brass monkeys – large lumps of brass with holes in them smaller than the diameter of the cannonball so the cannonball rests in the hole. When it froze the holes in the brass monkeys contracted

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Annual Dinner at the Princess Royal

The Club’s main social event of the year, the Dinner and Awards Presentation, will take place on Saturday 4th March 2017.  We will be returning to the Princess Royal at Runfold, who have always looked after us very well.  I very much hope that the event will again be well supported, and the committee have decided that it would be a good use of club funds to subsidize the event for the benefit of members, which means that we have been able to peg prices to those of 2016. I have guaranteed that we will have at least 50 attendees (required for free room hire), so in order to help me relax over Christmas I would greatly welcome early bookings; in other words, why not do it now. Full details are:- Date:  Saturday 4th March 2017 Time:  7.00 for 7.30 Venue: The Princess Royal, Runfold, GU10 1NX Menu:  see here Cost: 

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