FGCC shed removal for St John the Baptist school Findon

October 20th, 2020

FGCC removes shed for our local school following a call for assistance. Shed removal activity was what brought the foundation members of the FGCC together in the first place, leading to the formation of this great organisation, and so it was natural for the FGCC to respond to this call.

Chairman of Governors of the School and member of the FGCC, John Roche commented afterwards:

A brief  thank you to (in no particular order), Paul, Nigel, Tim, Zach & Kim – actually that was in the order of their arrival at what became a milestone event in the history of The FGCC: the reprise of a foundation event benefiting St. John the Baptist in Findon, this time it was his school rather than his church but the task was the same: the demolition of a shed in preparation for better things and times to come.
It was indeed a turning point in the club’s history; the passing on from older members to their younger counterparts of those ancient skills, equipping the next generation with these skills, so necessary to ensure club succession.
It was heartening to think that even as we toiled, other members – dotted around the globe and unable to attend – doubtless turned their thoughts to our actions in moral support. Absent friends picture if you will the spectacle: the keen young gent hacking away at the side of the hut with all the exuberance of youth; the mature senior member steps in using just the slightly raised left eyebrow to temper this excess of enthusiasm, then calms all with a steadying hand, uttering soothing words in the avuncular way used by foundation members here and now (and seemingly always before), perhaps a calming expression such as “now where you’re going wrong is!”. You had to be there ….. either yesterday or 25+ years ago.


FGCC pay their respects to Mr David Tomalin on Tuesday 6th October 2020

October 9th, 2020

A number of FGCC gentlemen gathered outside the crematorium to pay their respects to Mr David Tomalin.

BDN ride – and then there were 6.

June 26th, 2020
A peleton of four (CB, PT, RT and ZA) assembled at Pond green at 08:20, and set off up through Muntham to rendezvous with KBS and MA at Puckamuck corner. n warm sunshine we climbed up to the SDW and continued west to Rackham Hill.  The Flying Brit continued on the SDW, while the rest of the peleton took the scenic valley route at mile 10.Following the SDW we took the bridge at mile 12 rather than the road over Houghton bridge, all agreeing it was to be preferred.
At mile 13 we joined Kim’s “river route” to Arundel.  Interesting events in this section were 1) a suppurating puncture for MA, with real gunk coming out of the tyre and sealing the breach, and 2) a collective falling off by PT and MA, when PT’s steed refused to jump a root (4 faults) and MA was so close behind as to have nowhere to go but down.  Luckily embarrassment was limited, as no paparazzi were on hand.  We shall not speak of it again.
The river route:

Reaching Arundel we were fortified by divers victuals, at our customary quayside venue.
Taking the road to Warningcamp, we climbed up to the APE where we were treated to a spitfire fly-past at about mile 20.
MA peeled off at mile 22.8 at Patching to return home.  The remainder ventured through the woods on a footpath to reach the top of Church Hill, where KBS headed for home.  The final four came down church hill and split at the foot of Steep Lane.
A grand morning, with hardly any roads!  Plenty of Vox Testiculorum, and some serious discussion of reclassifying the footpath from Clapham to Findon as a bridleway.

January 31st 2020 – a special occasion. Not-gala night

February 2nd, 2020

Not-gala night – January 31st 2020.

Gentlemen of the Findon Gentlemen’s Cycling had received their FGCC NGN Summons and, after congregating at the Village House Inn for their aperitifs, moved on to The Tajdar restaurant in Findon for a sumptuous banquet and celebration of family and friendship with the awarding of medals for various achievements throughout the year. Aided by copious quantities of Cobra beer speeches proceeded with plenty of hesitation, deviation and repetition to the entertainment of all interspersed with toasts to absent friends (including the late Nicholas Parsons) and another great evening was had by all.


FGCC not-gala night dinner

A little top-up sir?

Not-Gala night at the Tajdar

January 31st, 2020

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Annual planning meeting and bling awards

January 18th, 2020

Annual planning meeting and bling awards – 11th January 2020.

Another successful and entertaining meeting with the customary order, counter-order, hesitation, deviation and repetition with plenty of vox testicularum (aka talking b******s).

Surprisingly there was an outcome in the form of an agreed calendar of events for 2020 which is now to be found on the FGCC website – FGCC 2020 calendar – with a trip to the WW1 trenches region being selected for the annual long ride.

Other events agreed are the Downslink/North-West passage, Monarch’s Way, Isle of Wight/New Forest and Go West rides as well as a number of trek ‘n breks to members’ houses.

Earlier in the evening there was an unusual attentive silence as our Team Mechanic and Primary Route Planner, Paul Topley, read out the stats for the year – number of rides, distances covered and heights climbed – starting with the lowest and step by step leading to the Bulldog Bling Award being presented to Mr Roche as the overall leader and winner of this much-prized and sought after trophy.


Our thanks to the Gun Inn and Tajdar Restaurant, both Findon establishments, for hosting the bling award ceremony and the APM respectively.

Mr Roche receives the Bling Award for 2019

Annual Planning Meeting 2020

December 31st, 2019

The Findon Gentlemen’s Cycling Club annual planning meeting will take place on 10th January at 08.00pm in the Tajdar, with pre-drinks no doubt taking place in either the VH or Gun Inns.

As well as determining the 2020 calendar it is trusted that the year’s long ride can be agreed upon, though libations and cuisine in conjunction with plenty of b******s being spoken may limit progress as usual.

Shock horror as the Tank is removed from Kithurst Hill site – EPM called

September 6th, 2019

In memoriam:
A report from the West Sussex County Times dates 2nd September 2019 reports
“A South Downs landmark, which has been on Kithurst Hill since the second world war, has been removed.

A mark two Churchill tank has mysteriously been removed from its resting place, prompting a large public outcry from residents.
The tank, which had reportedly suffered mechanical issues during the war, was rolled into a bomb crater during the post war clean up operation, a Horsham District Year of Culture blog said.

The landmark was featured as one of the Year of Culture’s ‘hidden gems’.

It was unearthed in 1993 by the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers with the salvageable parts sent to the Bovington Tank Museum.

But the historic vehicle, which has proved a popular landmark for walkers and residents, was removed over the weekend.”

The tank has featured in FGCC rides since the creation of the FGCC providing the setting for many BBQ breakfasts and other occasions and will be sadly missed.

Rumour has it that the tank has found its way to Normandy where it will feature in a WW2 British museum.

An EPM has been called for Friday 6th September to discuss how to cope with the loss of an icon that has been part of the FGCC for so long.

Diamond jubilee brek at the tank

Mr Mead’s platform

Tank commander Topley

Splendid breaks at the tank.

FGCC colours

FGCC represented in Canada

May 30th, 2019

Mr Topley ensures that an environmentally friendly FGCC sign is seen in the Rockies;

FGCC logo in the rockies

The Findon Gentlemen’s Cycling Club “Not Gala Night”

February 4th, 2019

Another splendid annual gathering of the FGCC was held at the Village House Inn on Friday 1st February, with our hosts, Paul and Amy, and chef, Did organising a choice of delicious Thai curry all washed down with gallons of excellent Harveys bitter in the restaurant. Whilst there was a moment of reflection on the demise of our usual NGN location, the Gurkha Tandoori at Thomas a Becket following the fire there and a wish for their recovery, all had a hilarious and entertaining evening naturally focused on the serious matter of “celebrating and commemorating such feats, exploits, alarums and excursions as have befallen, overtaken or blessed the assembled host” (as the invitation carefully crafted by Mr Topley had stated).
In a break with tradition the privilege and duty to be the first to propose a toast and decorate his chosen colleague fell upon Team Chaplain, the later consequence being an interruption to the sequence, though the continuous flow of Sussex bitter ensured that most were unaware of what had happened. A series of fine awards were presented, from the “Derriere Mal Anusol” award for one member’s statement at the end of one day’s riding in France to the effect that “my arse knows it has been for a long ride” to “The Faffing Tsar smelling the roses” award for another member for taking almost 40 minutes to fix a puncture. As ever the medals list is being updated as a record of the fine achievements of gentlemen of the FGCC.
There was no break in tradition when it came to toasting the FGCC, it happening every time the club was mentioned in speeches and along with the usual heckling and banter made for a thoroughly enjoyable and companionable evening, thanks to all.

Not-Gala-Night dinner speeches

NGN dinner speeches