Ride to the Chislehust Caves Cafe

Meet Up on Sat 23rd Mar at 9.00am at Deal Porter Square, next to Canada Water Library, SE16 7AR.

This is a 26 mile 3 hour (+40 min refreshment break) ride to visit the cafe at the Chislehurst Caves (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/united-kingdom/ar...).

We meet at Canada Water at 9.00am and we start the ride by cycling to Cutty Sark Gardens, where you can also join the ride by meeting us by the entrance to the Greenwich Foot Tunnel at 9.30am.

We then cycle up Maze Hill to Blackheath and Kidbrook and then continue to Sutcliffe Park, Nottingham and Chinbrook. We then cycle past Elmtead Wood to Lower Camden, which takes us to the Chislehust Caves, were we stop at the cafe for a refreshment break.

We then climb up Old Hill and cycle through the gardens of Sidcup Place before returning via Eltham to Greenwich Park and Cutty Sark Gardens, where the ride finishes.

To book, and see the route, go to https://www.strava.com/clubs/497231/group_events/466885

Good Friday Ride to Tudeley

Meet Friday 19th April at London Bridge Station, Platform 6, to catch the 09.39 train to Orpington, which arrives there at 09.55.

We start this 40 mile cycle ride by cycling from Orpington to Otford, where we join the Pilgrims' Way. After cycling eastwards for a few miles we turn off past Noah's Ark and proceed to Ightham Mote, where we stop for a coffee break. We then cycle via Hadlow (to take a look at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadlow_Castle) to All Saints' Church, Tudeley, where we can see the Chagall windows. In 1963, Sarah the daughter of Sir Henry and Lady D'Avigdor-Goldsmid who owned near-by Somerhill House,was drowned in a sailing accident off Rye, East Sussex. In her memory, the couple commissioned Russian-French artist Marc Chagall to design a stained glass window for the church, which was installed in 1967. When Chagall arrived for the dedication of the east window in 1967, and saw the church for the first time, he exclaimed "C'est magnifique! Je les ferai tous!" ("It's magnificent! I will do them all!"). Over the next ten years Chagall designed the remaining eleven windows, made again in collaboration with the glassworker Charles Marq in his workshop at Reims in northern France. The last windows were installed in 1985, just before Chagall's death. We will have lunch at https://elitepubs.com/the-poacher-and-partridge-home/poacher-and-partrid... and then return via the same route to Knockholt Station (Zone 6). where the ride finishes.

To book, and see the route, go to https://www.strava.com/clubs/497231/group_events/468956

With the election of Martin V as pope on Nov. 11, 1417, the Western Schism (1378-1417) finally came to an end

With the election of Martin V as pope on Nov. 11, 1417, the feast of St. Martin, the Great Western Schism (1378-1417) finally came to an end.

The Schism began with the election of Urban VI, one of the most unstable popes in all of papal history and the last non-cardinal to be elected to the papacy. So intransigent and unreasonable was Urban VI that the French cardinals, who had seen the last French pope elected with Gregory XI (1371-78), elected an antipope, Clement VII.

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