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Midweek Wayfarers Annual Lunch

The Midweek Wayfarers Annual Lunch will take place tomorrow, and is always a well attended event, which enables all ride groups to get together, as well as those who, for one reason or another, are not currently riding.  For the riders, the start will be at Ripley, followed by coffee at Polesden Lacey.  Thereafter, the separate groups will make their different ways to lunch at The King William IV at West Horsley.  In this way we should arrive at different times, which will no doubt help the pub with their catering; you can order food upon arrival, no pre-booking is required.   Non riders may wish to arrive at the pub between about 12.30 and 1.30 and enjoy a purely social occasion. The weather looks as though it should be pretty good tomorrow, although rather chilly, so wrap up warm and I hope to see you there. John

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Nick Higgin

Many of those who attended the New Year’s Day gathering yesterday (and there was a really good crowd I am pleased to say) will have known that there was an unfortunate incident on the ride from Mayford Green that day.  There was a very low speed collision, but it resulted in Nick Higgin falling to the ground before he was able to unclip.  He was taken to the Royal Surrey, where it was discovered that he had fractured his femur.  They were able to operate the same day, and I am pleased to report that he is well and already looking forward to the time when he can be back on his bike.  I am sure that we all wish him well for a speedy recovery. My thanks to all those who helped at the scene, and particularly Roger Philo and Phil Hamilton, who have also visited Nick in hospital

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New Year’s Day

Just a reminder of the New Year’s Day arrangements for tomorrow; weather permitting, this can be our largest get together of the year, and is a great opportunity for riders from all the different groups to meet up.  Even if you do not fancy riding, or are unable to do so, why not come along for coffee and a chat? Groups will set off from both Mayford Green and Godalming (see the Rides Calendar), but if you go direct to coffee, plesae do not forget that we have a different meeting place this year, Squires Garden Centre at Badshot Lea (Seale Craft Centre is closed). See you there (when I will also be pleased to accept bookings for the dinner on 5th March). John

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Sunday All Day Riders – 13 December

Please note that this Sunday’s ride will start at 10:00 am from Guildford Station

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The first (and possibly penultimate!) 2016 issue of the Club Magazine is now available here:

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Annual Dinner 2016

The annual dinner, which was resurrected a few years ago, will be held again in 2016, and once again it will incorporate the presentation of the awards. There will be no guest speaker this year, but instead there will a surprise “performance” by one of our talented members, assisted by their friends; I can assure you that this is not to be missed. The details are: Date: Saturday 5 March 2016 Venue: The Princess Royal, Runfold, Farnham, GU10 1NX Time: 7.00 for 7.30 Menu Starters Ham broth with crusty bread London porter smoked salmon and caper beurre blanc terrine Spiced roast cauliflower with quinoa and spring onions Crispy lamb breast with rice noodles Mains Braised beef with kale, horseradish and celeriac mash Roast hake with creamed leeks, crushed potatoes and spinach Pan fried chicken breast with champ, roast swede and white wine gravy Spring vegetable and orzo pasta fricassee Dessert

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West Surrey AGM

I had to miss it this year.  What happened?  Has anyone written, or is anyone writing, a summary for the magazine?  I’ve received an email from Dane saying that the deadline is extended to about 6 December.

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Blacknest Golf Club Cafeteria

Some of us had lunch at the Blacknest golf club café “The Nest” recently and were made very welcome. They are keen to encourage cyclists. Small groups are welcome; larger groups please call 01420 22888  beforehand. The manager offered 10% discount for West Surrey CTC members and would be happy to discuss special menus for group bookings. Though he didn’t mention it, it might be tactful for cleated riders to use the side entrance, as people in spiked golf shoes are asked to do. More information and menus at:

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CTC Campaign Wins – Eurostar backs down

Eurostar has now backed down over its controversial plans to make cyclists box up their bikes thanks to our ‘Zero Stars for Eurostar’ campaign. In a resounding victory for CTC and you, our supporters, Eurostar’s Head of EU Public Affairs Pierre Delalande emailed us at 6pm on Friday (13 November) to say: “You will be pleased to know that we are not intending to go ahead with the requirement for all bikes to be carried in boxes and will accept fully-mounted bikes.” We galvanised support from leading politicians on both sides of the Channel. The UK’s All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group criticised the move as did the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson MP, and the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo. London’s Cycling Commissioner Andrew Gilligan and CTC’s Head of Communications and Campaigns David Murray discussed the issue in a special meeting with Mary Walsh, Eurostar’s Director of Communications, at City Hall three days ago.

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Guildford Travel Club

Fellow West Surrey cyclists might be interested in the coming Guildford Travel Club meeting:- CYCLING TO THE ASHES: by Oli Broom, who recounts a cycle journey that took him 412 days and 16,000 miles through 23 countries from London to Brisbane, all for the love of cricket. Date: 15 December 2015, doors open 7.30pm, illustrated talk starts at 8pm & finishes at 10pm. Complimentary refreshments during interval. Where: Onslow Village Hall, The Square, Wilderness Road, Guildford GU2 7QR. Entrance fee for non-members: £7.00

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