V-CC Flat Section salutes the queen … the Victoria, Earl Soham, possibly the finest pub in Suffolk, complete with its own beer. Victorian-era bicycles encouraged, but not compulsory. Meet at the Crossways Inn, Scole at 7:00pm for the 15-mile sprint to the pub or go straight to the pub for 8:00pm.
V-CC 35th Suffolk Trudge. Meet 40 like-minders with plenty of cycle jumble, a 30-mile ride with tea and cakes out of both ends. Assemble at Marlinspike Hall, Walpole (IP19 9AR) from 10:00am for a 11:30 depart to Dunwich for ice cream and either Walberswick or Southwold for lunch. No need to book, we make this one up as we go along. Maps provided. All machines welcome.
TA East: Lunchtime meet at Maldon—at the Queens Head on the Hythe, CM9 5HN
V-CC Flat Section: Easter Rising Riding. On this day in 1916, Irish rebels lead an uprising in Dublin against British rule to proclaim an Irish Republic. Marked by a short ride to the Wortwell Bell (IP20 0HH). Meet at the Crossways Inn, Scole at 7:00pm for the 10-mile sprint to the pub or go straight to the pub for 8:00pm.
Monthly meeting, when we will be heading for Gislingham Six Bells and will probably get there around half past eight.
Cycles Day at Ipswich Transport Museum. Special event at the museum from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Reduced admission for everyone cycling to the museum. And, after the event you cand ride to…
V-CC Flat Section evening gathering at the Cretingham Bell (IP13 7BJ), a 13 mile ride north from Ipswich. Or ride direct to the pub for 7.00pm.
TA East: Evening meet at the Butt & Oyster, Pin Mill, Chelmondiston, IP9 1JW (Grid ref TM205380), 6 miles from Ipswich.
Date of Micro Moonthly meeting, which will be at Beyton Bear … in the evening.
V-CC Flat Section Helicopter Ride. Inaugural flight of the first practical helicopter, The Focke-Wulf Fw61 in 1936, celebrated at the Victoria, Earl Soham. All Cross-Frame and VTO bicycles welcome. Meet at the CrossWays Inn, Scole at 7:00pm for the 15-mile sprint to the pub or go straight to the pub for 8:00pm.
Stowmarket Beer Festival
East: Castle Park and Wivenhoe Quay.
Elevenses: Café in the Park, Castle Park, Colchester CO1 1DN (Grid Ref: TL997271)
Lunch: Rose & Crown, Wivenhoe Quay, CO7 9BX (Grid Ref: TM038215).
Slightly delayed monthly meeting at Thurston Fox & Hounds not long after 8:30pm.
The Ted Ashton Memorial ride: meeting at Lord Thurlow Hall, Great Ashfield for a ride to the bygones museum and café at Granary Crafts, Buxhall; continuing to Rattlesden where there's a choice between the Brewers Arms and the Five Bells.
V-CC Flat Section Withnail Wellworth Wander to celebrate the birth of the great British actor Richard Griffiths. A short ride to the the Wortwell Bell (IP20 0HH). Meet at Crossways Inn, Scole at 7.00pm for the 10-mile sprint to the pub or go straight to the pub for 8.00pm.
Date of monthly meeting. And the place of the monthly meeting is Naughton Wheelhouse. And the time…
Spoke And Steam: Our annual ride to the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway. We meet in Unity Road, Stowmarket while, just like in all the previous years, other groups of riders will assemble at various points in East Anglia and we will all head towards Brockford for an afternoon of beer drinking and train spotting. The Middy has a Rail’n’Ale Event on this day, and it’s a Steam Day too. The V-CC has a starting point in Great Ashfield and the Chickering Cycling Circle will ride all the way from Horham (and not just from the Middy’s car park). Other starting points are available and Ian Maddams on 01799 525084 or Pete Stanners on 01359 241904 might know where they are.
V-CC Flat Section Betjeman Bash celebrating the birthday of John Betjeman in 1906 (died 1984). Held at Victoria, Earl Soham; expect verse to be recited, tales to be told. Possible guest appearance by Miss Joan Hunter Dunn. Meet at Crossways Inn, Scole at 7.00pm for the 15-mile ride down ‘roads not adopted by woodlanded ways’ to the pub or go straight to the pub for 8.00pm.
Monthly meeting at Battisford Punch Bowl around half past eight.
V-CC Flat Section Wortwell Blind Flight: to celebrate Jimmy Doolittle’s 1929 first-ever Blind Flight (on instruments only) set a course from Scole to Wortwell, pedaling without any means of orienteering, but with eyes wide open. Meet at Crossways Inn, Scole at 7.00pm for the 10-mile sprint to the Wortwell Bell (IP20 0HH). or go straight to the pub for 8.00pm.
V-CC End Of The World Ride: to celebrate the publishing of The Hollow Men by T S Eliot in 1925, (and the four most quoted lines in English Poetry). Meet at Marlinspike (IP19 9AR) for 4.00pm and a cycle jumble, followed by an 8-mile ride south to Sweffling White Horse on pre-1926 cycles only, illuminated on return by gas, candle and oil only, please. If required, food MUST be booked direct with the pub in advance: 01728 664178.
Date of Monthly meeting … not only the nearest Thursday … not only the actual day … but the actual time of the full moon (which will be at 20 to eight that evening). Enjoy it as you ride to Rattlesden Five Bells.
V-CC Flat Section evening Armistice Ride, on this day in 1918 The Ottoman Empire signed an armistice with the Allies ending World War I in the Middle East: discuss the ramifications at Victoria, Earl Soham. Military bicycles encouraged. Meet at Crossways Inn, Scole at 7.00pm for the 15-mile sprint to the pub or go straight to there for 8.00pm.
Monthly evening meeting at Rattlesden Five Bells from about half past eight.
V-CC Flat Section: The Great 2018 Timetable ride. A round up of the year and plans for the next. Meet at Crossways Inn, Scole at 7.00pm for the 10-mile sprint to the Wortwell Bell (IP20 0HH) or go straight to the pub for 8.00pm.
Date of December Super Moonthly meeting, which will be at Rattlesden Five Bells some time around 8:30pm.
V-CC Great Escape Boxing Ride. Meet at Madgett’s Cycle Shop in Diss (IP22 4EH) at 10:30 am for a ride out to lunch in a pub that is open!
Last Modified, 18 March 2017