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Dagworth and District Gentlemen’s Cycling Society

Affiliated to the League of Anglian Wheelers
HQ: Rattlesden Five Bells (TL 977590)

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Our new Vice-President is Graham Waspe (but we haven’t told him yet).  We had two candidates for the post at the Spoke & Steam ride: Graham and Wayne Mann.  Wayne was riding a bike with a 28" frame so he didn’t stand a chance.  Because of all the delays, Graham only has six monthe to abuse the power this position brings, berfor it’s AGM time again.

Flat Section News

After 34 Trudges, at two per year, Cally has decided to take a rest on this September’s event and cancel it until next Spring (Easter Sunday) when normal service will be resumed.  This Autumn’s fixture, currently listed as September 25th, will disappear from the calendar only to be replaced by the most welcome return of the Essex–Suffolk Border Ride.  This will be on the same day and will start from Hollytree House, Dedham at 11:30.

The Inaugural Waste Land Trudge
‘I read, much of the night, and go south in the winter’
Nam Sibyllam quidem Cumis ego ipse oculis meis vidi in ampulla pendereSunday October 23rd: The Flat Section announces a new fixture for the Autumn, a celebration of the first publication of The Waste Land by T S Eliot.  A late afternoon cycle jumble followed by an easy group ride out on pre-1922 machines only[*] to the Sweffling White Horse: a suitably attired period pub selling light meals, wood-fired pies and fabulous beers with many a traditional pub game to play.  Then comes a lamp-lit return home, by candle, oil or acetylene.  Optional electric battery lighting tolerated. This is the last weekend of ‘Summer Time’; all grows dim the following week in readiness for April ‘the cruelest month’.  Gather at Marlinspike at 4:00pm, the ride leaves at 6:00pm and returns whenever you’ve had enough.

[*] Replicas accepted; non eligible machines by prior arrangement only, please.


As reported before: we’ve dreamt up destinations for the rest of our monthly meetings in 2016.  The trouble with dreams is that you forget them ... and we can’t remember all the desinations!  The particulat problem is that in the calendar, we put Stowupland down for both July and September.  While it’s probably the July one that’s wrong, it’s a bit late to change that now, so we’ll think of something different for September.

Aims of the Society

The pursuance of cycling in the leisurely fashion of days gone by.  The appreciation and conservation of the countryside and its way of life.  The enjoyment of local public hostelries and their ales.

1936 cycling photograph


The D&DGCS is a sort of ‘shareware’ cycling society.  Try before you buy.  Anyone is welcome to take part in our events; come along and see if you enjoy it.


Vice-President   Graham Waspe
Foreman   David Whatling
Recorder   Jonathan Walker

Last Modified, 2 September 2016