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  1. Due to Covid restrictions limiting numbers attending funerals. Alan's family have already allocated all the places allowed at the crematorium. If you would like to follow the service in the virtual world on the Web go to the Saracen Members Private Room where I have posted the details and the link. Or just give me a call..
  2. Unfortunately more sad news to report. My long time friend Dave Hanbury (aka Handbag) died this morning after a years long battle with pancreatic cancer. Although he moved to Southampton many years ago, he has always maintained contact and membership with the club. I'm proud to say I was best man at his wedding to Beryl and Rebecca was a bridesmaid. They celebrated their 33rd anniversary last year. There are many stories of Dave's riding mishaps. One time as a young lad on a club ride to Bridgnorth, he thought he could descend the quickest from the top town and trying to negotiate a left hand corner disappeared over the wall on the opposite side of the road. Or the last club Audax we rode together. He needed the loo as we set of, I pottered on from the start but no sign of Dave catching me up. After many phone calls to him I realised he'd started out following his Garmin in reverse of the route. I have to admire his Time Trial performances as a veteran over the past decade although found the talk of power meters beyond me. Many will remember him as one of the first organisers of training trips to Majorca. I'm sure we will have lots of memories to share over the coming years. Out thoughts go out to Beryl at this sad time. Chris and Hilary
  3. I have sad news to report to start the New Year. Allan Carbutt died peacefully yesterday at home in the company of his family. Allan would often join in with us on Sunday Club Runs. Or when we had social or training weekends away he would drive the support car. For those who joined the camping weekends to Builth Wells will recall Allan's immortal phrase "once and only once" that's if my memory is correct. He was a regular committee member in the 60s, 70s & 80s. Undertaking the organisation of many races in particular a series of evening events on the Beoley Circuit. He also helped with Time Keeping and marshaling at other events. 2020 saw Allan and Pauline pass another milestone when they celebrated there 70th wedding anniversary. Our thoughts go out to Pauline and all the family at this time made more difficult by the Covid situation. Chris & Hilary.
  4. Happy Christmas to all our readers. Looking out the window things are very quiet but it looks nice with the sun out albeit rather cold. Lets hope The New Year turns out better and we can get back to meeting up again. Best wishes to all. Chris & Hilary
  5. Sad news the death of Granny Thomas a National Road Race gold medalist in 1973 Came to many of our Dinner Dances in the 60s & 70s Below a picture from the National Road Race championships held on a circuit near Bromsgrove 1975. Grant in Birmingham CC colours. The finish opposite The Park Gate pub. Kevin Apter won & Paul Carbutt finished 3rd. RIP.
  6. Having had a bored Ivor on the phone many times asking me for family history so he can trace my family tree. I came across this photograph from my mother's side of what might be a great uncle of mine in the late 1800s who could have sewn the seeds of my cycling interest. They lived in property around a courtyard in Gough Street the back of where The Bristol cinema used to be. Now where the McDonalds is. Some of the other relatives look like they're part of Peaky Blinders. Not sure what Ivor's got me started on.
  7. Yes a good day out managed to make it to Hillers before the other left. A large cup of tea to warm us up and wash down an excellent slice of chocolate cake. A few pics at the feeding stop. Not sure what's happened to Roger, didn't think it was that hard riding out. A nice ride back no wind about Harry Days.
  8. As John said a good turnout of Saracen riders today. Probably the first time we've all made the same cafe stop this year. Appropriately named the view, well organised with plenty of space between the tables. As it was a proper autumn day with bright sunshine it was rather cool and drafty sitting outside. Setting of home we again split into smaller groups I hope no one took the wrong route on the way back. Roger B, Mick H and myself set of to return via Lowsonford and onto Earlswood. After turning right of the Stratford road in Wootton Wawen we had the pleasure of catching up Janet Carbutt who was out with a group of Solihull CC riders. We had a short chat and catch up finding her family all well, and still doing plenty of cycling herself.
  9. Nice to have the summer back again today. Of to The Barn cafe Long Marston. Met Roger B then picked up Laura L and Mick H at the Lickeys. Took a winding route down the lanes before climbing to top of Ridgeway unfortunately Laura started to struggle with a knee problem and decided to return home via Redditch. The three of us continued to the cafe via Bidford. Arriving there we found it full of cyclists. A well organised cafe with good choice of food and drink. Lets hope it turns into an Indian Summer to finish the year of.
  10. You're Daisy's seemed to have the droop Moira.
  11. Managed to catch up with our Tardebigge group at Clive's cafe Cropthorne. Pity John S and Moira B couldn't make it. Those present Alan P, Christine P, Chris P, to many Chris's out today Ken H, Barry L, Roger B, Mick H and me Chris P. Almost missed of Leigh F he was busy chatting with a group of Bromsgrove Olympique riders. A good day for riding warm not much wind about and it didn't rain on the way back. As Roger, Mick and me were late getting there the others headed of for home before us. On our route homeward after passing the crossroad above Chessgrove we spotted Chris & Michelle this week. They had just come out of Broadacres again. Michelle latched un to us and left Chris to find his own way home alone. Good to see so many club riders out and do some catching up.
  12. Another change in the weather autumn clothing required. Having gathered the Saracen's other Sunday riders I set of to take them to another new cafe The Larch Barn near Cleobury Mortimer. There was just four of us Tess O, Roger B, Mick H and myself. We went out via Belbroughton, Churchill through Wolverley and onto Bewdley then climbed Long Bank then straight on to Cleobury passing Wyre Forest. Finding a socially distanced table we settled down to refreshments and discuss whether we should return home taking in the Clee Hills. After looking at the view out of the window Clee Hill in the distance seemed a step to far. As all good things come to an end it was time to set of for home. The return route was to be Clows Top, Abberley, Great Witley, Stourport and back ending the day climbing Dayhouse Bank, Now for the descent of the top of Clows Top. The Bell at Pensax well worth a visit pub of the year on many occasions. Now for Abberley. You can just see the tower in the distance. Another great tour even if it was a little chilly in places.
  13. Good to see another camera out today nice pics Moira. Please to see the cafe was open today.
  14. Weather a little uncertain but risked heading out to Chipping Campden. With Tess O and Roger B set of to pick up Laura L and Mick H at the Peacoclk Inn. Took the route out to Welford and on to Mickleton before turning up the side of the Cotswold towards Hidcote Gardens that got everyone searching for a bottom sprocket. From there we passed through Ebrington and onto Chipping Campden. A great cafe with excellent grub and the sun was out long enough to sit outside. After refreshments we climbed out of Campden before descending Dovers Hill. Turning right at Weston Sub Edge we headed home via Bidford. Mick H is of up the road as usual. But we managed to keep him in line. oops nearly lost the camera again. Lucky we only got caught in one downpour before Bidford. Another great ride covering 80 miles by the time we reached home. Good to see Laura going so well after so few come back rides.
  15. Good to have Laura out again today. Getting stronger, Roger and I will have to be careful or she'll be of up the road. Also nice to have another photographer with us as you can see she's of in front already. Pity she has to work Thursday I think i can find a cafe with large tea cakes. Nevermind I think we can manage another one between us.
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