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… what this is?  Photographed at an altitude of about 1300m overlooking the Grand Canyon du Verdon, Provence, France in mid-September.

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Guildford Travel Club

Madagascar – it’s not just about lemurs Chris Beynon cycles through central and eastern Madagascar seeing day-to-day life in this poor country, as well as some of the famous wildlife. An illustrated talk at Guildford Travel Club. Tuesday 6 January Doors open 7.30pm, talk 8-10pm. Onslow Village Hall £7 admission For further information see Guildford Travel Club website or phone 01483 452399. [The author on tour with Chris in 19xxx – on the way to Cape Wrath; yes, it’s the ‘P’ word!]

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‘H’ in fine form

The Mid-week Wayfarers ride this week attracted 30-40 people to coffee at Poppy’s, Badshot Lea. From there we split in several directions, with 9 of us heading for lunch at The Squirrel, Hurtmore. After lunch we again split into 3 groups, with Chris Jeggo deciding to ride with me via Compton, the climb past Watt’s Gallery and descending through Onslow Village. Chris then suggested that as we would practically be passing Harold & Kath Coleman’s house we should call in, which we did. Although Harold hasn’t had any involvement with the West Surrey for a number of years now, our long standing  members will remember his many contributions to the club’s activities in the past. To cite one example, our favourite award, The Wooden Crank, was made by Harold and is a twice life size replica of a Campagnolo Record crank. As it turned out, Kath wasn’t in when we

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Sunday All-Day Riders ~ 7 December 2014

Yesterday, we all woke to a cold and frosty morning, but this morning we woke to an altogether warmer day, so there was absolutely no excuse not to get out and ride – particularly since the ride started just down the road at Godalming Station. So where was everyone – with the G&G Wayfarers indulging themselves at their Christmas lunch? Anyway, there were just two of us joining leader Clive at 9am, myself and Keith Gooders, who described himself as an ‘occasional’ rider with us. Well, Keith, just try and make it just a bit less occasional, if you please – it was great riding with you! My somewhat tardy start caused me to leave my satnav behind, so I’m relying on Keith to send me his track which will be added to this blog later (which he did, and it is). Essentially we headed south via Wormley and Lodsworth to Midhurst for

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Since this blog was written (December 2014), we have been contacted by John Hawthorne who advises us of two other articles on the subject which we might find it useful to read. John wrote the second one. . . . . . . . . . . What to do in the following situations until professional help arrives: Cardiac Arrest Heart Attack Choking Severe Bleeding It is not only the elderly but any of the above situations can happen to anyone of any age. HeartStart  2 hour course is run every other Wednesday evening from 7.00 – 9.00  at Farnham St Johns Ambulance Station (next door to Waitrose), parking is free after 7.00 and the course is a donation. The contact is Keith Aston  *protected email*.. More info here. Roger and myself found the course excellent – just hope we never have to use our new skills

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Wednesday 19 November 2014 Ride

Wednesday 19 November dawned sunny and not too cold, resulting in a massive turnout of riders. Yours truly met everyone at coffee at Watts Gallery and reckoned there must have been around 40 of us – I may be wildly out but it seemed a lot. No fewer than four groups headed off in various directions to enjoy the fabulous autumn colours which seem to just get better and better this year. The question is, will we be seeing leaves on the trees at Christmas this year? If we do, then we’ll know for sure that the world really is screwed up – actually, did we ever doubt it! As usual I was torn between riding with the fast boys and girls in group 4 or whether to have an easier day with the group 3s; I opted for the 3s led today by Chris Williamson. The route was a

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Sunday Ride with the Sunday All-Day Riders ~ 16 November 2014

Nine of us met at Godalming Station at 9am and the weather was mild and dry, so a happy group set off southwards to coffee at Wisborough Green. Cyclists everywhere as usual and loads at the café – luckily we got seats in this tiny but delightful stopover – the coffee’s good too! Don Jones turned up to see us – he wasn’t riding owing to a neck issue; Don, you need to be more careful with that violin playing! Next we headed east towards Southwater and then Horsham for one of our favourite cafés – the one in the Park, where the food and drink is very reasonably priced: and what a change that makes! I reckon you need a good £15 to cover coffee and a modest lunch – today I got away with about £11. Good to see Paul Holmes here but he didn’t stay long with

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Shades of Autumn

Yes, folks, we’re deep into the autumn season: winter definitely hasn’t arrived (thank goodness!) and autumn just goes on being really pretty wonderful. Here then are a few images from a couple of rides undertaken by your Chairman in early/mid-November which I hope convey the atmosphere of this fantastic time of year. Amazingly, the trees are still looking quite green, but they’re turning and the forecast is for a stormy month ahead; we never know when the weather is going to start being difficult but they reckon it’s coming up soon. So, weather, do us a favour and don’t rush – we’re loving the cycling! Photography isn’t easy at this time of year owing to low light levels; when the sun shines, there’s a lot of contrast between the shadows and the bright bits which the sun’s rays are shining on, so the quality isn’t high, but I hope my

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Manifestos by the candidates for Chairman

Here are the two manifestos prepared by Laurie Mutch and Mark Waters.  Please don’t forget to come to the AGM on 15th November at 10:00am at the Jack Phillips pub in Godalming.   West Surrey CTC should adopt a forward-looking programme following the excellent progress made in 2014. With the continuing growth in cycling popularity, the club offers an important service to the community within our designated postal codes. Our excellent new website now provides a valuable marketing and promotion tool and we should continue to enhance this. In addition, consideration will be given to appointing a sub-committee to explore other ways of attracting new members, both within our current age group and younger riders. It is important that we continue the ride leaders training programme, given that we offer some 30 different rides each month. A ride leaders’ workshop will again be proposed for early 2015 to share valuable

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Guildford & Godalming Wayfarers Ride ~ 19 October 2014

It would have been difficult to find an excuse not to get out today. Mid-October and it’s shorts and short sleeves mode still – wonderful! That said, there was plenty of water around and care was needed on slippery roads. Nevertheless, the countryside was looking quite wonderful even though light levels were low, leading to some pretty fuzzy photos. People out were Peter the leader, another Peter, Geoff, Hilary, Chris Jeggo and Roger; then at the Rural Life Centre cafe, we found Sue, Angela and David. People went in various directions after coffee and giant slabs of fruit cake. After intending to go one way, I ended up going another and so endured the climb up Beacon Hill Road to Hindhead, to be rewarded by that lovely descent round the Punchbowl and down to Brook. A fabulous half day ride -only about 47kms in my case but just right; hope

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