Monday, January 15, 2018

14 January 2018

About 15 gathered at Leatherhead Wetherspoons for a convivial elevenses on yet another rather gloomy morning.  Only half set off towards lunch at The Wellhouse on a short but rather hilly route via Headley Court and Walton-on-the-Hill.   With our lunch destination literally in sight I gave the tantalising option of a right turn and a detour to 'enjoy' some more climbs in the delightful lanes of Mugswell, Upper Gatton and Chipstead before lunch, and to their credit, Graham, Mike, Terry and Lillian were game enough to join me in this folly!   We were eventually rewarded by a brilliant descent of White Hill to reunite us with the others at the pub, and Mike Morley then joined us too.   Lunch service was pretty good really, given that the pub gradually became very full, and the menu seemed to offer something for everyone, an increasingly rare thing on a Sunday!   We left the pub (and Graham nursing a puncture) shortly before 2.00 pm, and riders gradually peeled off en route leaving four of us by Tattenham Corner and just me by Horton Park!    A good effort all round for this time of year with over 700 metres of climbing so well done all and thanks for your company!

Monday, January 08, 2018

Sunday January 7 2018

Aided by a brisk and chilly northeaster and on roads thick with cyclists I was an early arrival at Addlestone's Golden Cafe. Soon there were a baker's dozen though five (Bill, Bob, Caroline, Joe and Stephanie) would go no further.
Within 100 yards of our start the Xmas Eve newcomers (Ian and Penny) were fortunate to join making ten. Liberty Lane took us over the M25 and past the Bourne Valley to Woodham Lock. Pyrfords Green and Village came next and I stretched by turning right at The Seven Stars to Send Marsh. Three more rights after The Jovial Sailor brought us to Sussex Farm and that bouncy concrete road to Jury Farm. The final climb up Ripley Lane split the bunch but the leaders reached The William IV by 1230.

We sat cramped round the table prepared for 6 to 8 with the diners outscored the soupers 6 to 4.There was much discussion: Where next? The concensus was home so just three continued to Ockham and Martyr's Green. My final companions departed at Chilbrook Lane and I was left to struggle on occasionally at sub ten speed!

Home just after three and 45 miles door to door. We'd been lucky with temperatures above zero all day and in bright sun so the copious run-off had presented no real problems.

At lunch : Graham Brian Ed Irene Lillian Pam Terry Vic Ian and Penny

Friday, January 05, 2018

John Mason's funeral

John’s daughter, June Wolf, has been in touch with Terry today to provide these details for John's funeral:

His funeral will take place at Clandon Wood Burial Ground and Nature Reserve, Epsom Road, West Clandon, GU4 7FN on Friday, 12th January at 12 o’clock.

We are warmly invited to join his family for refreshments at The Queens Head, The Street, East Clandon, GU4 7RY.

For any donations in memory of John she suggests:

~ Tim

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Post-Christmas Lunch Sunday, 11 Feb 2018

A 2-course Sunday lunch organized by CTC CHEAM AND MORDEN in a private function room at The Angel Inn, Thames Ditton KT7 0AU.

Cost £11.50 for two courses - Main course Sunday roast with vegetables (or vegetarian option), plus dessert.

All are welcome. Pre-booking is essential.

For further details contact Steve Gordon, Ann Bath or Pam Jones

New Year's Day 2018

Only the 2nd day but the 4th blog of the year! I mostly mention "regulars" though in truth we were in the minority both on the ride and at Ed's. Irene, Pam and Tony were at Roehampton Gate. Ed, Lillian, Terry and myself rode on from there to lunch.

As usual Ed and I split the leadership; both legs involved significant detours. The ride from Ewell went via Tolworth thanks to a burst water main near St Johns Church Old Malden (still dribbling later in the day, with ice warnings following  DV's accident?). A closed level crossing in Elm Road forced me into the imprompu tour of New Malden town centre.

In general fewer folk seem to be out and about these days; our numbers too were down so plenty of  seating as we turned up in our dribs and drabs. We set off around 1215. Under skies dull, overcast and hinting of rain, it was a variant of my standard tour of suburbia. Just a dozen (including a late arriving Ian) enjoyed the elaborate feast laid on by Ed, Maureen and Lillian. Plenty left as I departed under brightening skies around three.

 Christmas Eve

Ten got to Squires Stoke D'Abernon including two newcomers keen to join us; sadly there was no ride. The roll of honour reads: Alan, Bob, Ed, Graham, Irene, Pam, Simon, Vic plus tandemists Ian Houghton and Penny Church

Monday, January 01, 2018

John Mason


This is a photo taken on 9 June 2010 of John having lunch on an MWW ride at the Little Park Hatch at Cranleigh. Some may remember Toni d'Italia sitting on a freshly painted bench and having to strip as much as possible of the wet green paint from his clothes before he could comfortably take to the saddle after lunch. We remember John with great affection.

John Mason

Terry informed me yesterday that John Mason died on Thursday 28th December.

John was suffering from Alzheimer's disease in recent years and had recently been moved from a home in Bookham, his home town, to a home in Westcott which was better suited to his needs.

John's wife Marguerite spoke to Terry yesterday to inform him and she will let him know when and where the funeral will take place.

Graham and Terry remember John as a regular with Cheam and Morden from about 2004 to 2010. Perhaps he rode with the Wayfarers too.

John (in blue), at Elevenses, Henfold Fisheries

John, after beating Peter and David in the 2006 Freewheel Competition

Spot some familiar faces ?

New Year''s Day ride and lunch at Ed''s

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Margaret Squirrell

It is with much sadness that I announce the passing of  Margaret Squirrell. Margaret had a massive stroke in the early hours of Friday morning the 22nd and passed away in the early hours of Saturday the 29th.

We will keep you posted about funeral arrangements and anything else relevant as soon as we know.

Our deepest sympathy and thoughts are with Bill and the family,

A lovely lady, always had a smile and a joke.


New Years Eve Ride

As it was new years eve the plan was for just 11's at the Golden cafe Adlestone. Dave, Done and Bob were already seated when I arrived. Graham, Irene and Pam, Alan and Vic arrived around 11 as did Terry and eventually Ray. Big discussion as to the possibility of going on to lunch somewhere and a split decision was reached. Dave, Don, Alan, Graham and Bob headed home, Vic and Terry opted for the Saddlers arms at Send and Pam, Irene, Ray and myself headed  for Windsor and the Windlesora for lunch with Pam leading.
A pleasent lunch and off home via Datchet where I left the other 3 and headed towards Poyle. Just as I reached Harmondsworth the heavens opened and it was torrential for the next 5 miles, like riding along a stream!  It eased off just before I reached home but by then water ingress was nearly total, Still it meant I reached my mileage goal. A Happy new year to all and safe cycling in 2018.


Friday, December 29, 2017

Annual Mileages for 2017

Please Remember, don't Forget.

Now is the time to check your current mileage and decide how many miles you would like to add before the witching hour of 11.59.59pm on Sunday 31 December 2017. The qualifying period is unsurprisingly from 1 January to 31 December 2017. However modest your mileage may be, do not yourself be too modest, but please send it to me to populate our 2017 spreadsheet. 
There is a 'mileage' tab on the MWW blog page that reveals all. The column for 2017 is waiting for your mileage. It can be revealing to see the annual ebb and flow of our cycling dynamics. Not only that, but there is a gong to be won for the lady and gentleman (if any), reporting the greatest annual mileage, as well as the greatest increase over the previous year's reported mileage.
Please send your mileages to: and then check that I have successfully recorded your mileage on the spreadsheet. You cannot record it yourself .
To all those that I have not recently seen, may I wish you a positively memorable and enjoyable cycling New Year.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Sunday December 17 2017

The forecast was morning dull, afternoon dire so it served no purpose by booking. But I was surprised by our number (10) at Squires Holloway Hill. A decision had been made: Wetherspoons Woking.

Eight set off on an obvious route : Stonehill Road, Philpot Lane, past the rebuilt but not reopened Plough to Horsell Rise then jostling with Christmas traffic in Woking town centre. Unsurprisingly our arrival time was an early noon.

The rain (as forecast) came around 1230 so the second vote was to miss tea and return via Maybury, Sheerwater and Scotland Bridge. Ed and I tarried, accepting an invite to tea at the White House (New Haw). Home in light and heavy rain after a desultory 40 miles. Happy thought: next Sunday's sunset is later.

2 points : GFH, Dave W, Ed, Irene, Pam, Terry, Tony, Vic
1 point  : Alan, Bob

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Snowday, 10 December 2017

On Saturday night I fell asleep to a meteorological omen of an impending deluge and heavy snow. Vowing to ignore it, I awoke to the distant refrain of a carol from the Occident:

"Born a King on Twickenham's plain,
Cold I bring to freeze them again,
Rain forever, ceasing never,
Over them all to reign."

I opened the curtains and lo, the omen had come to pass. I closed the curtains, gave praise and fell into a deep, warm and blissful sleep.


Sunday 10 December

Leader Simon overslept
near the feast of Stephen
When the snow lay round about
Not very deep or crisp or even

Brightly shone the morning light
Though the frost was cruel
Forgot to set the alarm last night
What a silly foo-el.

The assembled masses (after David had left)
David, Bob and Graham were waiting patiently at the Moat Garden centre near Epsom as I put on my warmest clothing and cycled at top speed against the wind to meet them.   When I arrived at 11.10, nearly melting, the assembled group had taken the sensible decision not to ride any further, so we sat and chatted for a bit and returned home.   I lingered a bit to cool down and was entertained by Epsom & Ewell Silver Band playing carols.   By this time it was snowing heavily - very Christmassy.
Epsom & Ewell Silver Band (with the building works behind)

Monday, December 04, 2017


A mean dank day to start with; some what brighter in the afternoon.
I went to Staines to meet Alan and a new rider..neither appeared after 15 minutes so I continued to elevenses, calling  into  bike shop first.

Graham, Bob, Dave and Alan (yes..Alan) at one table and Bill and Margaret at another.  Then Tony (who had punctured on the way in)Terry and Vic arrived.

There was no rush to get going as the route was not much of a challenge. Five left with me for Windlesham, Dave, Graham, Tony, Vic and Terry who turned for home via Chobham after Staple Hill. 

Our route was via Holmwood Park, Accomodation Rd., Longcross, Staple Hill, Chestnut Lane to Valley End. We were all curious as to what stage the bridge was at in Woodlands Lane,...still no access but looks as though it will not be long before it opens. So onwards into Rygrove, Church Road, Updown Hill and into The Sun for lunch where we received the usual good service and food and was on our way just after 1.30.   It was decided not to stop for tea during our lunch time chatter!
We turned left onto Chertsey Lane, then right into Highams Lane to Burrowhill. From there it was the well used route to Green Lane, Addlestone.

I turned off for Chertsey whilst t'others continued homeward bound. 
My thanks to you chaps for coming out today,  to Tony for putting this on the blog..and Dave for the photo.
Cheers Pam 😊

03/12/17 Pam's Ride - Windlesham

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Capel Teas 2018

Credit to Terry for the following.

11/03, 30/03(Good Friday) 

 01/04(Easter Sunday), 02/04(Easter Monday) 

06/05, 07/05(May BH), 27/05, 28/05  


 01/07, 15/07, 29/07

26/08, 27/08  

 09/09, 23/09


18/11, 25/11 

Sunday, November 26, 2017

C&M Sunday the 26 November

A Very cold morning and ride to Windsor. Graham, Irene, Alan and Bob had already arrived were warming up. Soon after I arrived John and Carolyn Arrived as did Vic. John and Carolyn were not going to join us and Vice was off somewhere with his camera. So just Irene, Graham and myself set off for the Bear at Maidenhead, Bob was going to make his own way there. Off heading west to Clewer then Oakley Green and onto Fiffield.  Then onto Bray and the nice off road section at Braywick and across the Bath road heading toward Cookham with a loop round just past Bolters lock and back the Bear for lunch to meet Bob who had just arrived.

Wined and dined we headed back towards Dorney and along the Jubilee river to Datchet, having decided not to stop for tea we left Irene heading towards Wraysbury and Graham and myself towards Poyle where Graham turned to Stanwell Moor and me to Longford and home. A very cold day but the Sun did help. Very short on numbers but not surprising considering the temperature.

On the track through Braywick

Monday, November 20, 2017

Sunday the 26th Lunch Venue Change

Lunch will now be at The Bear (Wetherspoons) Maidenhead.


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Sunday 19 November - Woodham and Windsor

Graham, Vic, Paul, Ed, Irene, Pam and I met for the ride at the ever-busy and newly-refurbished Bourne Valley Garden Centre café, and Alan, Bob and Terry joined us for elevenses only.   It was a glorious morning but rather chilly, so I thought a few climbs to keep us warm would be the best thing!   Accordingly, we set off for Virginia Water via Ottershaw, Kitsmead Lane and Wellington Avenue.  I decided the preferred route, the shared path around the lake, would be a little busy on such a lovely day, so we headed west to Blacknest and entered Windsor Great Park at Cheapside instead, much quieter but still with delightful scenery.   We left the park at the Rangers Gate and picked up the cycle route to Spital, then dodged round some backstreets to reach The Windlesora, Windsor’s other, less touristy Wetherspoons!    Service was quick and friendly, and we all enjoyed good meals.   No hills at all on the return trip, just a few hump-backed bridges as we motored through Datchet, Wraysbury and Staines at a steady 12 mph to reach the tea stop at Laleham just after 2.30 pm.    Many thanks to all for a problem-free ride and I hope you enjoyed it.   Mea culpa – I forgot the customary group photo hence the map!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Sunday November 12, 2017

Thirteen met at West Horsley Squires but, fortunately for the superstitious, Alan, Bob and Donald did not join the ride. We headed east, our entry to Chalk Lane being delayed slightly by about a couple of dozen Harley Davidsons burbling past in the opposite direction. Ascending Greendene and descending Combe  Lane we saw many other cyclists out on training runs. To Shere next via Rectory Lane, over rather than through the ford then a change from normal by using Church Hill before joining Sandy Lane. On to the outskirts of Peaslake where we followed Hoe Lane to Horsham Road. Just short of the junction we met a car travelling in the opposite  direction. I stopped, so did the car – I wanted to warn the driver there were more  cyclists coming. I recognised the driver as an old friend and former works colleague. He was and is very keen on motorcycle racing. Many years ago he prepared and rode his own bike in the Clubmans’ races (not the TT) in the Isle of Man and finished third in his first race there. Now his two sons are doing nearly as well. We joined the B2126 as far as Sutton Abinger then via Sutton Lane, Donkey Lane and Hollow Lane we reached the A25. Turning into Balchins Lane we avoided main road traffic and noise. There were wonderful views of the trees on Ranmore in their various autumn colours. On the outskirts of Dorking we turned left into Station Road, shortly right into Parkway then across Meadowbank to the cycle track  to Leatherhead and lunch at the Edmund Tylney. By the time we had all eaten and drunk and chatted it was 1500 hrs and it was unanimously decided to head homewards in the daylight.

Edmund (later Sir) Tylney was  the Master of Revels (I’m not joking) for Queen Elizabeth I and King James I and lived in Leatherhead. He had great influence in the censorship and developement of drama.

My original lunch venue was The Scarlett Arms but after a recce I decided it was a pub too far. Tracey, the landlady was scheduled to have left by now, (going to pastures/pub new in Cranleigh) to be replaced by one Jill. Another redoubtable lady leaving us.

Thanks to all for company, David for tec and people various for corner marking. I hope we have a few more Sundays with such agreeable weather.

Think this is correct – I’m sure Jeff will correct if necessary:                        
2 points Irene, Pam, Graham, Jeff, Ed, Ray, Vic, Terry.  
1 point Donald, Bob, Alan, David, Brian.


Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Cheam and Morden ride Sunday 12th November

Having recced my proposed route I have decided to shorten it. The 11s venue is unchanged at West Horsley GC but lunch will be at the Edmund Tylney at Leatherhead and 3s at Painshill if we are there by 3.30.


Monday, November 06, 2017

Guy Fawkes Night 2017 (part 2)

A perfect autumn day (sunny but chilly NW breeze) drew a bumper crowd to the Vineries cafe. With an early lunch booked I was keen to get away so 11 (or thereabouts) set off at 11 (or thereabouts).

High Barn Road and Hogden Lanes led us to the top of the Downs. Then began the long descent from Ranmore Common into Dorking. We left the one way system at Horsham Road before crossing from west to east using St Paul's Roads. After a brief dalliance with the A24 Blackbrook was next. Here a glance at the watch indicated time for an offroad detour so we turned left at the still muddy waters of Forwents Pond. We now encountered an unexpected hazard - smartly dressed riders and horses, dozens of them! They'd done their best to ensure that any mud was well and truly churned. But soon we were through and heading for Shellwood Manor. It needed a burst of evens to ensure that we (or more accurately I) reached The Royal Oak reached at the appointed time of 1230. It was heaving but already arrived were the softies who'd used the Gap. That made 16 (more than my guestimate of 10). However by the time the food arrived the pub had emptied (to watch the Morris Dancers?) and we were all seated.

Toasting marshmallows
With no intention of stopping for tea I led across the Coach Road to the A25. In Pixham Lane came news via Ann (and presumably Steve) that a rucksack had been left at the pub. Mine! so here my ride ended. And to make matters worse - crossing Ashstead Common I punctured, a lengthy stop as it took forever to inflate the tyre with a mini-pump. Home before sunset (1630) after 50 eventful, stressful miles.

Apologies for the mud; none on Wednesday's recce. Finally that letter box: TQ181591

2 points: Graham, Irene, Pam, Ed, Ian, Ray, Brian, Paul, Ann, Vic, Tony, Richard. Bob, David W, Mike
1 point: Alan, Don, Maureen, Steve.

From Pam:

Leaving? without a rucksack

Spot The Morris Dancers

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Guy Fawkes' Day 2017

The Brockham bonfire (but not how you'll see it on Sunday)
Table booked for 1230 as it could be heaving. Festivities last the whole weekend so expect Morris dancers on arrival. Ranmore Common and Dorking town centre are on the official route though I hear rumours that some "softies" may be taking an alternative route with no hills! The choice is yours.

An Edward VIII letterbox spotted on my route home - not many of them about. Won't tell you where it is but there's a big clue in the background (no it's not the Virginmedia van).

Monday, October 30, 2017


Another Squires, another elevenses!  This week we were at Hersham.  Fourteen gathered for elevenses, eleven stayed out for the day.   For the register....Alan, Don and Bob went their own way, albeit Alan did ride into Cobham with us.  Irene, Tony, Ed, Chris, Graham, Mick, Ray, Vic, Niall and Michi stayed with me.

Out to Severn Hills Road, past Notre Dame school into Cobham.  Then via much travelled lanes to Hungry Hill, turning into  Tithebarnes Lane traversing around Send via Woodhill and Potters Lane. Then Old Woking Road which led us to Maybury Hill and on to Wetherspoons  arriving not much after 12.30.   This gave us plenty of time to chat, also time to look at the 'road art', in the memory of H.G.Wells.

From Woking our route to Shepperton took us through more lanes to Horsell, skirting Chobham via Horsell Common Road, Philpot Lane, Stonehill Road to Chertsey.  Across Chertsey Bridge into Shepperton for tea at Café Mocha which has moved a little further along the High Street.  
Niall and Mitchi opted out of the tea stop, great having you both along on the ride today..... My thanks to Tony for offering to be back marker and for the photo....and, of course, to all for being there nd making it such an enjoyable day
Pam :) :) :)

Monday, October 23, 2017

October 22 2017

I feared worse but Storm Brian left us with blustery but bright weather, so no chance we would be emulating Sir Cloudesley Shovel on this day (OS) in 1707 .

Fourteen reached the Vineries; by 11.15 ten were ready more or less to continue on an obvious route along Orestan and Calvert Roads to the A246. Green Dene was officially closed but seemingly not to anyone who wanted to use it; something important - a rough surface and men in orange close to the sawmill turn-off. Down Coombe Bottom, through busy Shere and up the other side brought us to the railway bridge where we joined the Hilly 50 route. Thankfully there was only one car in Hoe Lane and it waited at the top of the climb. Leaving the course close to the Volunteer we reached The Royal Oak Holmbury St Mary spot on 1230. After initial confusion (loads of walkers) most settled for something substantial if I include child's portions.

After lunch our force divided with seven taking the official route along Sutton, Donkey and Hollow Lanes to the A25. Here Terry took over to lead us via NCN 22 to his abode in Dorking for tea and cake. A rather modest 48 miles door to door.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

15 October - Waifs and Strays at Effingham

An Inadvertent Alternative Ride

The alert among those convening at the Pheasantry on 15 October will have noticed a discrepancy in the attendance recorded. Numbers seem to have been swelled by a quintet of ghost riders, for whom the lure of Effingham, if not of the C&M blog,  proved irresistible.  Fearing that some calamity might have befallen their comrades, their investigation on the w.w.w revealed the gulf between Teddington and Effingham. Never mind. We shall make up for it . If you have overlooked the attendance record, do not forget to click on the newly minted 2018 tab.

I have done my best to divine the attendance status of the Pheasanteers from Tony's report and Dave's snap. Please let me know if my deductions may be found in any way wanting.

So it is Effingham on the 22nd. Don't get blown off course.