A fine Autumn morning greeted riders as they lined up for the Rye Wheelers Championship “15”, held in conjunction with the Kent VTTA event at Bethersden on Sunday 2 October. Continue reading The Sprocket Page
Reception at Riverhaven
Pictures by Pixcels Studio Rye
More and more couples are choosing Rye for the ideal place to tie the knot. The town’s beautiful churches or the grand atmosphere of Rye Town Hall are matched by the special qualities and facilities and selection of Hotels able to cater for wedding groups of all sizes. Leading reception venues include The George in Rye, Mermaid, Hope Anchor, Rye Lodge and Riverhaven. Continue reading Ida & Dudley Chose Rye
Tenterden Cycling Club Disbands
The Tenderden Cycling Club, who have been great friends with the Wheelers, have sadly decided to disband. Continue reading The Sproket Page
By Jim Hollands
“Why dig a Marina when there is a ready made site on the Camber Road?” Bob Vincent put the question to me the other day. The old pontoon, where beach was dug out in vast quantities, lies between the Golf Course and the Camber Fields. “It would be easy to dig a channel to the Rother and put a lock gate in”. I pondered his suggestion. He should know a bit about water, after all he has been a plumber all his life. Continue reading Ready Made Marina
Adventures of the Rye & District Wheelers – Past and Present
The Annual General Meeting of the Rye & District Wheelers took place at the Riverhaven Hotel on Thursday 12 February. The majority of the club’s members attended and elected officials for the coming year. Chairman Jim Hollands, Secretary Gemma Glover, Treasurer Granville Bantick, Racing Secretay Gary Booth and Club Captain Roy Fritchley.
The Chairman reported that the club had lost a valuable member in Harry Walker, who died recently. He had held the post of treasurer since the club was re-activated in 2000.
Richard Mwangi, who was a member during his six months stay in Rye has written to thank the members for the £750 raised in a 24 hour indoor cycle marathon. This had paid for his first two terms of further education and with help from friends at St. Mary’s Church he has negotiated his first year.
The members thought it might be a good idea to repeat the money raising event, with some modifications, and help Rye St. John Ambulance towards getting their new vehicle. Various ideas were discussed and eventually it was decided that a 12 hour 3-up relay on rollers, continuous live music and a 1000 balloon race would be a fun way of raising a good sum of money. Various sites will be investigated with a provisional date for the Whitsun Bank Holliday Saturday.
The Racing Secretary told of great events to come and took orders for more Rye Wheeler Racing Vests. There are up to eight racing members for the 2004 season, so team victories could be possible.
The Sunday and Tuesday runs from the Riverhaven at 9am. and 1pm. respectively are attracting more riders and prospective new members are invited to turn up for these, or phone Jim Holllands on 222420 or Gary Booth on 222701 for further details.
2003 was a good year all round for the Wheelers and with many Runs, Races and Social Events planned,2004 should even better.
From “Rye’s Own” March 2004
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The Adventures of the Rye & District Wheelers Past and Present
Goodbye to a Fine Gentleman of the Road
Gentleman Jim Catt, who was one of the Club’s few surviving prewar members has died.
Jim, who moved away from the town when his job as mechanic to Odell the Cycleman in Market Road came to an end with the closure of the business in the sixties. He was in his nineties and cycled, albeit on a battery assisted tricycle, until very recently. Continue reading The Sprocket Page