ISSUE No 16, TUPPENCE
The Twisted Spoke
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Being the official organ of The Flat Section of the V-CC, the informal gathering of cycling fellowes and fellocettes in the Eastern Reaches of England, and most other Lowlands - both at home and overseas, incorporating the Guild of Ancient Unfeasible Inventions (GAUI) and The Royal Society for the Preservation of Rust & Patina (RSPRP)

The Motor Tourist Tent - Essential equipment for the Prescott event

EAST MEETS WEST...


By Stanley Pontlarge

YE OLDE-BICYCLE HILL CLIMB

On this day of our Lord: one Thursday, August 3rd 2006 we propose to hold a grand cycling tour of the hills surrounding Prescott in The Western Reaches of this fair isle.  Geographers of you will need to note that it is just a few miles east of Tewkesbury across the M5 deep in the Gloucestershire hills near Gotherington and the delightfully named Stanley Pontlarge.

The details were posted in a recent News And Views but the day consists of us gathering in the camping field opposite Prescott Hillclimb (all clearly signposted by the AA) at 1.00pm or earlier.

We aim to set off for a 20 mile circuit organised by Bob Jones, taking in many sights of interest at a gentle saunter.  Tea will be taken en-route.  Route maps will be left for late-comers.

The evening will see the indoor Flat Section Kinematograph showing films of cycling interest in the camping field to all who decide to stay.  We encourage Barbara-Be-Ques and random picnicing.  There will be a small reasonable charge to the field owner Mr Newman for overnight camping.

SOMETHING FOR THE WEEKEND?

We die-hard types will be staying for the entire weekend: Friday will no-doubt sink into another unscheduled 'free-form' cycle ride with films in the evening, and Saturday sees the warm-ups of various Vintage hill-climbing cars for that weekend's big event: the Vintage Sports Car Club Hill Climb.  Those not bored with the films can also see films Saturday night including some Jacques Tati, plus 'Monte Carlo Or Bust' if we can fit it in.  Sunday sees the racing in anger, but commences with a Cycle Hill Climb, whereat various aged and rusty be-pedalled steeds will make a mad dash for half-way up the famous hill and prizes will be awarded to the victors and most stupidest attempts.

OF STEAM AND PEDALS

On Sunday August 27th we plan a grand ride to The Mid-Suffolk Light Railway Museum at Brockford Station for a 'Live Steam' day, starting from a variety of locations.  Marlinspike Hall will hold the longest route start, through delightful quiet terrain, much along the original route of the railway.  It will be a grand day out and there are a few other starting points to suit all ages and machines.  Details on this one from Ian Maddams: 01799 525 084 and more details in the next News And Views for sure...

JINGS! YE NEXTE TRUDGE DAWNS...

This bi-yearly event is planned for Sunday September 24th and is the one where we cross more commons than we can count and end up at The Rumburgh Buck for lunch at about 1.00 - 1.30.  Lunch has to be pre-booked on 01986 785 257.

Book early, food is great and popular too!  The earlier the machine you ride the better, few gentle hills, much fun and (s)laughter...

Assemble at Marlinspike Hall, Walpole, Suffolk at 10.30 for a micro-jumble and buns, depart 11.00 ish, route maps left for those who tarried overslept or are just plain late.

Details of all these events can be gleaned by attending the Scole Inn, near Diss on the last Monday in every month at 7.30 for a short ride, food, and refreshing local beveragementation.


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