February 26th, 2017
All looking very smart in DJ’s and cycling shorts and wearing medals honouring great achievements, eleven gentlemen of the FGCC thoroughly enjoyed our annual not-gala night of “vox testiculae” at the Gurkha Tandoori.
Newest member Bob was welcomed with a toast followed by toasts to absent friends and our great institution. And then time for the presentations … leading to one of the other diners in the restaurant making some comment about the noise…
FGCC Not-gala night 2017
Unfortunately the Gurkha had run out of Gurkha beer, so we had to help them run out of Cobra…
Evidence of a good time
January 24th, 2017
A record turn-out for the APM, with 11 of us packed into a corner of the Village House and amazingly we managed to churn our way through the draft calendar within an hour and a quarter, and in time for our booking at the Tajdar.
Plenty of b******s spoken, needless to say and every drop of the Cobra beer drained. Another highly entertaining evening.
Not a drop wasted
The new calendar was duly posted on the website later that night:-
November 7th, 2016
During the ride on the previous Saturday JR and the Rev. Z Allan TV. FGCC (Club Chaplain) agreed that “weighty matters were in need of discussions” and began to do so when JR remembered that they were not quorate at an EPM. I couldn’t remember the exact (proposed) agenda but recalls something about King Canute.
Hence the call for an EPM Friday (say 8 to 8.30 onwards), at the VH with a 10pm (latest) curry at Tim’s favourite restaurant/second home: The Tajdar?
With 5 attending at the VH, as far as can be remembered much was discussed but nothing concluded making it yet another great evening with plenty of entertaining discussion.
One idea raised was that we should have an overnight ride scheduled for the end of October each year to one of the UK forests so as to be able to enjoy the wonderful Autumn colours, such as JR experienced in the Forest of Dean. The draft calendar for 2017 has been updated to include this suggestion.
Below is a picture taken at Sheffield Park as an example.
Autumn colours in Sheffield Park
November 4th, 2016
How about this for a long ride? A couple from the Netherlands and friends of RT are embarking on a ride up the length of South America, having given up their jobs and sold their house!
Rene & Miriam’s South America ride route
You can follow their ride on the following link, though they may have difficulty updating due to connection:
Bon voyage Rene & Miriam.
September 17th, 2016
To applause from great crowds the FGCC provides splendid entertainment to the masses with our knights on their steeds demonstrating their specially honed jousting skills.
June 13th, 2016
Once again FGCC gentleman Roy Kruger is helping to raise money for the COINS foundation by riding across Wales, from the Severn Bridge to the Menai Straights. This year it is only 220 miles over 3 days, but when consulting the map it indicated far too many contour lines a bit to close together, so will probably be the same if not more challenging than the 300 miles that he completed last year. The ride is this weekend, leaving on Saturday 18th June.
The sponsorship is for the COINS charity which Roy has had the privilege of seeing first hand in the UK, but also operates overseas. The aim is to use the power of business to create a better and more sustainable future. The easiest way to sponsor is by going to Roy’s company’s Just Giving page:
For more information about COINS see:-
Coins foundation website
Roy in training for riding in wet Wales
May 18th, 2016
Visit the award winning blog site, the Anxious Gardener, for views of our favourite part of the country, the South Downs, via the following link:-
The Anxious Gardener – South Downs views
Chanctonbury in the sunshine
March 3rd, 2016
Excellent weather to enjoy a BDN ride on the beautiful South Downs, though with a strong north-westerly winds.
View from Amberley Mount to Bury Hill
Messrs Bang-Sorensen, Budd and Thomas set out from Findon intending to get onto the SDW and go over to Bury Hill, round to Whiteways and back down to Houghton, North Stoke and back to Findon. However, a delayed start with 2 “blasteets” for CB and an unusual stop by the FD to admire the snowdrops by the side of the A24 left us with limited time so the straight Amberley loop was taken instead – SDW to Amberley, North Stoke and back up to Kithurst Hill and return to Findon.
February 7th, 2016
Another excellent evening celebrating the fine achievements of members of the FGCC over a superb Nepalese dinner lubricated with oceans of Gurkha beer and plenty of entertainment by members awards presentations. At the Gurkha Tandoori, Worthing
Gentlemen of the FGCC celebrate NGN
A little bit of lubrication for the FGCC at NGN
January 18th, 2016
A great BDN ride for Messrs Bang-Sorensen and Thomas on 18th January with not a cloud in the sky for once:-
Chanctonbury in the sunshine