Roland (Roly) Masset

To all fellow club members,

I regret to have to inform you that our dear old cycling friend Roly died last Saturday afternoon, 11th February.

It is a long time now that Roly cycled with us, but old-time members of the club will have known him from years back. He was a lovely man, very gracious and tall with a large-framed steel bicycle. He was a true hard-rider, a long-time member also of the Charlotteville Cycling Club in Guildford. Even in his Seventies he completed the LEL (London-Edinburgh-London) classic non-stop and regulars at the Ripley Bike Jumble will remember him as a regular welcoming presence on the door. He was until very recently a very active member of the Guildford Travel Club, where he was formerly Treasurer, and I always looked forward to meeting him there and having a chat with him and his lovely wife Ann. He was there at the meetings before Christmas as cheerful as ever, always interested in the world around him.

Roland had been suffering considerable back pain since December and after two scans it was confirmed on 20th January that the lymphoma had returned. Whilst it was hoped that chemo would prolong his life he was only well enough to have two treatments and was admitted to the RSCH last Tuesday. Ann said that the family are all dazed at the speed of Roland’s illness.

I shall try to find out when the funeral is and let you know.

Paul Gillingham

Annual Dinner 4 March

The annual dinner and awards presentation will take place in just over two weeks, and this is the final reminder to book your places if you have not already done so, taking advantage of the subsidy which has been made available by the Club.  Simply e-mail me ( with your menu choices by this coming weekend; see the Latest News Post of 5 December, and Blog Post of 3 December, for further details, including menu.

Ride Cancellations – Sunday 15 January

In view of the weather forecast for tomorrow, Sunday 15th January (heavy rain after a cold night), the planned rides  for both the Guildford and Godalming Wayfarers and the Woking Sunday Riders have been cancelled.