Puttenham Barn is looking for more wardens

Puttenham Camping Barn The barn in Puttenham (opposite the church) offers basic accommodation for people walking and cycling in the Surrey Hills. It’s an eco-friendly oasis of calm in our busy area, open between Easter and the end of October, and run by a charitable trust and volunteer wardens. 2014 was the busiest year ever, and sadly some potential visitors had to be turned away due to difficulty finding wardens. Our wardens: get training and support welcome fellow cyclists and others to the barn make a practical and positive contribution to a great venture. If you’d be interested in joining the panel of wardens, please contact Helen Juden or Mark Waters, local CTC members who are also wardens and can tell you more. Helen Juden a mailto link to *protected email* Mark Waters a mailto link to *protected email*

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Jonathan Bell – hand-cyclist – training for Coast-to-coast charity ride in April

A few weeks ago I was contacted about Jonathan Bell, who was in the Army, seriously injured in a training accident in the 1990s and paralysed below the upper back. He rides a hand-cranked recumbent trike and is riding coast to coast, Morecambe to Filey, over three days starting 6th April, to raise money for Blesma (British Limbless Ex-Service Men’s Association) – see https://www.justgiving.com/C2CFORBLESMA/.  He wants to do some training out in the Surrey Hills (he’s going to meet a few in Lancashire and Yorkshire!) but is a bit nervous about riding on his own on busy roads because his trike is very low down. He lives in Weybridge, Oatlands Village area, so quite close to some of us. I have taken him out for five rides so far but it would be good if someone else could help out too. I enjoy the rides – he’s good company.  I’ve

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Barry Rolfe

Barry Rolfe We are very sad to advise the passing of Barry Rolfe, a former leader with the West Surrey CTC Group. Barry died of natural causes whilst out riding last Thursday. Our deepest sympathy goes to his wife, Jacqui, and all his family and colleagues. Barry had been a member of West Surrey CTC since 2010 and until a year ago was the Intermediates group leader. He was a prime mover in successfully restoring the group back to full health in 2013. It was typical of Barry that he put a great deal of effort into the rides he led, often doing a dry run and emailing details ahead of the day. He laid down a standard that we all endeavour to follow today. A dignified, eloquent, courteous, wonderful man, he was much loved and will be greatly missed by us all. The funeral will be public and so will

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Cycle from Istanbul

A message from Rob Foster, an East Sussex CTC member: Dear CTC Group I am a CTC Member (East Sussex), and wondered if anyone in your group might like to join this cycling adventure, described below. If you can pass the word on to cyclists in your area, that would be great! We seek 2 more experienced cycle tourers to join Rob & Steve. The plan to cycle from The BLACK Sea to The NORTH Sea – Istanbul to Cuxhaven, The distance is c. 3,500 km/2,000 miles. I reckon on a 2 month trip home/home with about 50 cycling days, average ~74 km (46 miles)/day. The first half would be using cheap hotels/hostels in E Europe, then camping through Czech & Germany. Time will be spent doing some tourist stuff & rest days. Cost guess £2,000 to £2,500 all in. Route is fly to Istanbul on June 15 , do W Turkey, cross Bulgaria, Romania taking in scenic Transylvania,

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Explorers Connect Guildford Cycling talk

On Tuesday 27th January Andy Smith coming to talk about his 5000 mile adventure cycling stadium to stadium in Brazil for the World Cup! The evening is a fantastic opportunity to meet like-minded people and get inspired. There is no need to pre-book and all are welcome. We only ask for a £2 donation on the door. Taking place 7:30pm at The Keystone (3 Portsmouth Road GU2 4BL) This link will lead you to the Facebook page and event page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ECguildford/?fref=ts    

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Phil Hampton Memorial Ride

Please see the following announcement from the North Hampshire CTC: I would like to draw your attention to our annual Phil Hampton Memorial Ride which is coming up on Saturday 21st March, and I wonder if you could advertise it to your members?  There are two routes, 30 miles or 50 miles, both beginning and ending at Medstead Village Hall.  A donation of £5 or more is requested, and all proceeds go to the Cyclists’ Defence Fund which supports cyclists in legal cases which help to clarify the law in relation to cycling. Here is a link to our website which has full details: http://nhampshirectc.org.uk/ Riders can enter at the start, but to save time on the day and to help the organisers with numbers, pre-entries are encouraged! Thanks very much, Dan Montgomerie Organiser

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Chris Juden’s posts on CTC Forum

I’ve been looking at the CTC forum.  Yesterday CJ (Chris Juden) posted two items which I think will interest you: http://forum.ctc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=45&t=92645&start=165#p852275 http://forum.ctc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=45&t=92645&start=165#p852284 If you are not inclined to track all the way back through this thread, you might like to know that CJ’s first post quotes an earlier post by Si: http://forum.ctc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=45&t=92645&start=150#p851717 which in turn quotes a post by JohnW: http://forum.ctc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=45&t=92645&start=135#p851589 Plenty to think about here.

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