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  1. Yes it was a little cold out my Garmin didn't get above 5 degs. Still the cafe was warm food hot and the tea welcombing. After all the rain the river was high but not over the wall like in the past. With food and drinks on the table the smiles are back. I think the winter has arrived. The drop in temperature gets to the chest as well as the legs. Maybe it is our age? No probably just the time of year.
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    Eddies Funeral

    Please note there has been a change of venue after the funeral. It will now be held at The Kings Norton Golf Club. Please inform anyone you might have mentioned it to.
  3. It is with deep sadness that I have to announce the death of Eddie one of the founder members of the club. He was recently diagnosed with motor neurone disease and passed away last night. Our thoughts go out to Mavis, their girls Susan, Debbie and Caroline and the rest of the family. As our Chairman for many years he will be deeply missed. With deepest sympathy, Chris and Hilary.
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    Hospital News

    I'm pleased to report that Leigh had his Operation on Thursday which took 5-6 hours. Chris K has been to see him (not a pretty sight ) and found him in good spirits. We wish him well and a speedy recovery. Chris and Hilary
  5. Didn't quite get the timing right but i think John S took a short ride out. Tess and I arrived after they had finish their grub. They didn't need any persuading to have another pot of tea and watch us eat. So busy drinking tea forgot to get the camera out. Tried to get a few pics on the way back. Note Moira has taken to coming out in Oscars (the dog) socks. Heading for Mickleton. Riding through the village. Not far from The Pudding Club. A nice autumn day a few sunny intervals with a cool northerly wind. Good to have a bigger group out this week.
  6. After a steady ride out caught up with our small band of travelers getting down their second cups of tea. Weather was warm not to much wind about. As always Croome Park was very busy most people outside which left plenty of tables inside. Plenty of empty plates and cups. John up for seconds. Lovely Victoria Sponge. Good looking trio. Getting the bikes sorted. Almost lost the camera again. Good company and a nice autumnal day in the saddle.
  7. I will be riding the Velo again next year with Tess, Roger B will be joining us. If anyone would like to join us the entries open on Thursday 3rd October. It takes place on 21st June 2020 There is a place on the entry for a Team Name which tries to keep all those riders starting at the same time. Ours will be Saracen It would be good if a few could join us.
  8. Set of for Wellesbourne Airfield a little late and put a big effort in to go via Warwick and meet the others there. On my arrival found only motor bikers there no bicycles. Took a couple of pictures just to show that I had made it. Tried phoning John then Moira but no one answered. Started to plan a route home only to see the small group pottering down the lane towards me. Settling into the cafe we sat outside overlooking the airfield and cooked in the sunshine. A close up to see what you're missing. A few more weeks of this should finish the year of nicely. A nice steady ride home to finish the day of.
  9. After a good push from Pinvin through Pershore and on to Bredon Tess and I managed to arrive at Bredon Hardwick just after John S and Co. Unfortunately we just missed the 11:30 cut off for the breakfast menu which gave Tess a bit of a sulk as she had beans on toast on her mind. All the Chef could manage was Toast and jam. As you will see from the pictures we must have made a wrong turn and ended up at the seaside. Not sure what Bev is praying for, a tailwind home and all down hill that would suit Moira. Alan P took us on a trip around Bredon Hill on the way back. Just one small climb which Moira could remember from the last Bredon visit. The rest of the crew having no difficulty on the climb before dropping down into Elmley Castle. Tess and I clocked up another 80 odd miles by the time we reached home. But what a great day for riding bikes, hope we have a few more like this before the dreaded WINTER arrives.
  10. Well done to John for the new cafe. Went there many years ago when it was a lean to on the side of the antiques barn. Just remember it being raining and the roof leaking. Did a round about trip via Stratford and Ilmington getting to join the others before they had finish eating. Dropping down from Ilmington looking out across to Stratford and down to Quinton. Feeding time again. Getting prepared for the windy ride home. Having jumped the lights at Welford Moira disappears into the distance up the Binton climb. Looking out towards Stratford after the top of Binton climb. My fellow riders. Next climb up to Astwood Bank from Sambourne. Moira takes a welcome rest when the lights turn to red. Almost summer again a little chilly in places and rather windy on the way back.
  11. Started of with good intentions no rain about fairly warm bright sky. Upon reaching Belbroughton shower started, I could see a front wheel sticking out of the bus shelter opposite The Talbot Inn where two riders were hiding but i managed to squeeze in. Only a short shower so set of again on my way. Roads dry just around the corner. BUT getting closer to Chadersley Corbett could see the sky closing in. Found an old Oak Tree to shelter under the rain soon came through, should i continue into the village.. OR return home. I chose the latter. And it rained all the way back only to have the sun break through as i reached the front door. Ah well just one of the pleasures of riding bikes. May be better next week ?
  12. Tony Webb has sent me details of Norman Adams funeral. For anyone wishing to attend. As you may be aware Norman Adams has died (at 92) and I have details of his funeral : They are as follows: 2.45pm at Redditch Crematorium on Monday 19 August. Could you broadcast the information to any Saracen members who may be ancient enough to be interested. (It would be nice the see a good cycling turnout. Hope you are both extraordinarily well. Regards, Tony.
  13. Yes managed to get to the cafe 11:30 expecting to join the others when they arrived. No signs of fellow Saracen riders so joined a local cyclist to discuss the views and how to climb the nearby hills. Ordered tea and toast and laid back to enjoy the sunshine. As time went on i thought the others had decided on a shorter ride. So paid the bill and got ready for a quiet ride home alone. Exiting the cafe spotted weary Saracen riders coming up the drive. All fingers were pointed at John S for following the rear of a young lady in Ebrington and leading the group the wrong way. This is the direction they should have arrived descending from Ebrington. Check the menu but settle for the usual. Tea and toast plus marmalade which the wasps love. Then looking out over the view of the Cotswold. A look behind me to see if Saracens are hiding behind me. The other arrive so reclaim the table and watch feeding time. This cafe was one of Hilary's finds on a Wednesday tour treat I take her each week. We could have stayed there all day but good things come to an end. Bikes ready and of we go on a wind assisted ride home.
  14. With the weather so good just had to take the long ride to join up with the Deford thick cyclist toast morning tea party at Revills Farm Shop Defford. John's carer checking he's OK. John Cornish still needs a trim under he's nose. Moira leads the way again and up hill. After an Hour or so riding in 30 plus Degs a pint of Shandy was a a great relief went down without touching the sides. A few months of this would be ideal.
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    Skittles Evening

    Another great night of skittles. I trust everyone enjoyed the evening. With my new partner Edwena i'm pleased to say we won the couples Trophy. I then went on to take the Knockout competition which I felt a little guilty about but pleased to say that didn't last long. A few pics of the nights event. Mick H making himself useful preparing the tables. Hilary resting her eyes after her hard work organising things. Terry's girls discuss tactics how to beat him. Moira in charge of puddings. I think Mick M'c is after seconds. Chris tel's him to think of his figure. Welcome to Andy's partner Liz. Welcome to Lottie sitting with Polly. With a bit more training I hope to see her joining the Sunday run. Good to catch up with Tim shame he can't join the runs. Hilary and others keeps mixing up Ed and Yvonne she's the one with the glasses. More trouble Girl power. These make a nice couple. Can we manage to do it again next year ????
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