Letters to: The Editor “Hastings Town” Guinea Hall Lodge, Main Road, Sellindge, Nr Ashford,
I’m a regular reader of Hastings Town, am Hon. Secretary of Hastings Local History Group, and since being made redundant from Hastings College I have been indulging my long-standing interests in history and embroidery by researching the Bayeux Tapestry and all things 11th. century. Another topic of mine is Bohemia, and having been friends with Sue Thomson (Secretary of BWGA) for many years, I’ve written a short book, ‘Bohemia Farm to Summerfields Estate: A History’, as a fund-raiser for the Bohemia Walled Garden Association (£l from each copy sold goes to the BWGA). Continue reading Pen & Ink
Once again it was the second Sunday in August and time for the highlight of the time trial year for me! It was up at the crack of dawn, sadly not to ride but to assist two of our riders, Mark Amon and Dave Wheeler, both of whom were riding their first twelve hour event. Dave’s preparation with drinks and food left nothing to chance with an array of proteins and carbohydrates or something like that (as one who has ridden all his long distance events on sultanas and liquorice allsorts and a few gallons of orange juice I was well out of my depth). Luckily Aly Continue reading Wheelers are 12 Hour Champions Again
Once it was the centre of Rye activities. It was used as a Theatre, Dance Hall, Cinema and Rye Trade Fairs. It was a Sunday School and Badminton Court. It was used for Wedding Receptions and even, on one illustrious occasion after the First World War as a Banqueting Hall. During that War it became a Hospital for the Continue reading Could the Monastery Live Again?
Everyone in town knows 74 year old Town Councillor Granville Bantick. Many follow his column in Rye Observer and his exploits in cycle races as part of the Rye Wheelers racing team. But what about when he was a young man? Continue reading When Granville was Young
Can I correct you on your piece in the latest edition of “Rye’s Own”. Sonia Holmes was Chairman 2007/08 of the Policy and Resources Committee at RTC and not Public Services Committee of which I have been Chairman over the past two years. Continue reading Pen&Ink
On Sunday 8 June Rye & District Wheelers, on behalf of the Kent Cycling Association, promoted the famous June K.C.A. Fifty Mile time trial on the Romney Marshes. A seven year high of 84 riders competed on a blustery morning and the course, known for its fast road surfaces, produced a winner in a time of One Hour and Fifty Two Minutes, 27 M.P.H.
The Rye Club’s Championship was incorporated into the event and was won by Steve Gooch in a time of 2-02-46, a six minute improvement on his personal best.
The real stars of the Rye contingent were the Timekeeper, reco r de r , chie f marshal, course marshals and Jo’ & Jane who put on such a great selection of goodies for returning riders and helpers. The club hopes to emu la t e t his success with another later in the year when they promote, on behalf of the V. T . T . A. a n o t h e r Fifty Mile race in September.
CHAMPIONSHIPS AND RECORDS
June was the month of Championships and records. The “50” came first with Steve Gooch winning in fine style with 2-2-46, taking Jeremy Temple’s title but not his record just 20 seconds short. Barry Goodsell was second and Dave Spice third. Jeremy could only make fourth spot.
Surprise Ladies Champion was Brenda Davies in 2-50-49, two minutes faster than last years champ Liz King. Alison Steed was third.
Two weeks later came the “10”s. and it was that man Steve Gooch again. Another near record 22-25, from Barry Goodsell and Trevor Bridge.
The Ladies “10” was a hard fought event with seven women out to get the title. Liz King came out on top with 29-39 with Sue Spice in second place. Third was Brenda Davies.
Two days later, in gale force winds, the “100” was fought out, Steve Gooch picked up his third championship of the year and, despite the conditions, smashed the “100” record with a 4-22-35. Jim Hollands was second and Granville Bantick went off course just before the finish.
Liz King retained her Ladies “100” Championship with a fine 5-44-57, a brilliant time in the conditions. Alison Steed was second.
photographs f rom Rye Wheelers web site www.ryewheelers. co.uk
Rye’s Own July 2008
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