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September 2009

September 25

Miscellaneous Photos

A wonderful nineteenth century, three-directional sign made by Roots and Heinemann of Connersville, Indiana, as seen on The Old Stores in Fairstead:

Sunlight Soap, The Old Stores
No Wear · No Tear · No Care, The Old Stores
Lifebuoy Soap, The Old Stores

Lloyd Heard won last Thursday’s ‘Run 4 Fun’ in a time only seven seconds off the record.

Lloyd Heard winning the ‘Run 4 Fun’

The River Stour in the Dedham Vale is a busy waterway!

The River Stour

Out the passenger window of a moving car I just managed to capture some cyclists out on a ride last Sunday, through East Bergholt:

Group of cyclists

September 18

Re~Cycle Container Loading

Re~Cycle’s latest container being filled with bikes and spares, ready for shipping to South Africa.

Re~Cycle container

September 15

Ghost Bike

A ‘Ghost Bike’ has appeared in Colchester, presumably in memoriam to Daniel Andrew. It can be found at the top of Greenstead Road, by the Greenstead ‘Magic Roundabout’.

Greenstead Road ‘Ghost Bike’

September 13

Ride & Stride

Yesterday was Friends of Essex Churches Trust annual ‘Ride & Stride’ day. The idea is to get sponsored for either walking or cycling to churches of your choice.

Naturally I chose to cycle, and stopped at twenty-six churches in North Essex/South Suffolk (yes, I did some “border hopping”!).

Ride & Stride sponsorship form

Of particular note: St. Mary’s in Little Bromley had the most delicious home-made cakes on offer!

Inside St. Mary’s, Little Bromley

I was told to “look up” in St. George’s, Great Bromley and was duly impressed by the double hammer-beam roof.

The doulbe hammer-beam of St. George’s, Great Bromley

Interestingly the former bell-ringers hats are hung under the tower; the oldest date I could make out was 1825, but two beside it look to be even older.

Former bell-ringers hats in St. George’s, Great Bromley

Cycling through Bentley I saw this wonderful use of a trike (perhaps taking David Hembrow’s lead)… apparently this was his first time being chauffeured, and he seemed to be enjoying it!

Dog trailer!

September 6

Colchester Carnival

Had a great time watching Colchester’s first Carnival in ten years yesterday evening… lots of fun and colourful floats to be admired. The only one really out of place was Audi Colchester, which had a parade of no less than eight cars. What a commercial enterprise was doing with such a presence, I do not know.

Cycle Colchester was missing, and although bitterly disappointing, came as no surprise. A lack of volunteers was to blame, which is a real shame, especially given Colchester Cycling Campaign has over 150 members.

One of Cycle Colchester’s aims is to encourage more people to take to their bikes. This means it has a duty of being at events like the Carnival; there is no better platform to promote the cause of cycling than an environment such as that provided by the Carnival.

Besides the much-touted Highwoods route, you would be hard-pressed to notice a difference ‘Cycling Town’ status has made to Colchester and I for one could have done with a reminder of it.