I've been told that, following the death of Barry Mason in 2011, Southwark Cyclists was torn apart by bitter infighting. But this leaves a question unanswered: Why is it Andy Cawdell and Bruce Lynn who are running Southwark Cyclists and not Bermondsey Bill Owen?
I've just discovered some evidence which casts light on this. There is an archive snapshot of the Southwark Cyclists website which was taken in 2007, four years before Barry died. It is here: https://web.archive.org/web/20071007184559/http://www.southwarkcyclists....
This link shows that it was Bermondsey Bill Owen who was the deputy ride leader when Barry Mason was coordinator of the group.
When Barry Mason died in 2011, surely the paid-up members of the group should have been given the opportunity to elect Bermondsey Bill Owen to take over and run the group?
This is an extract of the archive:
Regular Rides & Events:
Every Monday 18:30 - 19:00: Resonance 104.4 FM Bike Show.
Resonance 104.4 FM weekly radio bike show More info and archives . . .
2nd Wednesday of every Month: Our Monthly Meetings.
7pm Blackfriars Settlement, 1-5 Rushworth St, SE1. More info . . .
Every Saturday Morning:: Dulwich Paragon North Downs More info . . .
Last Friday of every month:: Critical Mass
The monthly spontaneous ride round central London. Meet 6pm on the National Film Theatre riverside, South Bank. (Bit political). More info . . .
Saturday 2 June: Rainham Marshes Meet 9am Southwark Needle and 10am Cutty Sark Gardens for explore to Rainham Marshes and the new RSPB visitor centre and lunch and walk round there. 15 miles from Greenwich via Thames Path, Woolwich Ferry. Either find own way back, get train from Rainham to Fenchurch Street, or join me on a £2.50 cruise across the Thames from Tilbury to Gravesend and ride back from there along some biggish roads back to Greenwich, or train it back from Gravesend. Paced for all. Barry. 07905 889 005
Thursday 7th June: Thames Path Afterworker. Meet 6.30pm at Southwark Needle: east down the Thames Path for 75 minutes. Then back. Simple. Barry 07905 889 005.
Saturday 16th June: Young Southwark Cyclists Launch. At Burgess Park Bike Track. Albany Road. SE5. It's the Track's third birthday too. We funded the building of it. Opened on this the first Saturday on Bike Week - 2004. Now Young Southwark Cyclists for under 18's launch there. All day events and local rides. 11-5pm. Food, music, bike fixing, races, prizes. Barry. 07905 889 005.
Saturday 16th June: Herne Hill Youth Cycling Club Fun Day
The Herne Hill Youth Cycling Club based at the Velodrome in Burbage Road runs cycle lessons and coaching for ages 6 to 16. They have got more than 100 members and run regular Saturday morning sessions and help coach the track session on Friday Nights. On Saturday 16 June from 0900 - 1500 they are holding a Cycle Fun Day at the Velodrome, with track cycling Mountain Biking and 'Go Ride', where young riders will show you how to limbo, jump logs and hone your technical skills. All activities are fully coached with bikes and helmets provided. Plus cake stalls, cafe and tombola. Minimum charity donation. Judith 07837 718040.
Sunday 17th June: Olympic Stratford with Greenwich Cyclists. Meet Southwark Needle at 10am or Cutty Sark Gardens 11am. Easy on road ride. Finish about 4pm, may optional extend. Barry 07905 889 005.
Monday 18th June: Bike 2 Work - Clapham Common to Trafalgar Square / Covent Garden, passing through / pick-up stops at Landsdowne Gardens (circle - Circle means there is a circle in the center of the area, not a square, but a circle, on which we should meet - Around about 7:45), the Oval (corner of Harleyford Road - 7:50). Gwen 07824 371 258
Monday 18th June: Erith Afterworker. Down the Thames Path 16 miles to Erith and back into the sunset. Easy and flat with Greenwich Cyclists, bits rough on very skinny tyres. Meet 6.30pm at Southwark Needle or 7.15pm at Cutty Sark Gardens. Barry 07905 889 005.
Tuesday 19 June: Bike 2 Work - Clapham Common to Liverpool Street Station, passing through / pick up stops, passing through / pick-up stops at Landsdowne Gardens (circle - 7:45), the Oval (corner of Harleyford Road - 7:50).
Gwen 07824 371 258.
Tuesday 19th June: Waterlink Way with Lewisham and Greenwich Cyclists. Meet 6.30pm Southwark Needle or 7pm Cutty Sark Gardens. Flat and easy. Barry 07905 889 005.
Wednesday 20th June: Bike 2 Work - Dulwich Park, Court Lane Gate to Trafalgar Square / Covent Garden, passing through / pick-up stops at Dog Kennel Hill & Champion Grove (7:45), Albany Road & Portland Street by Burgess Park(7:55).
Gwen 07824 371 258.
Wednesday 20th June: The Border Patrol. Meet 6.30pm Southwark Needle. Every inch of Southwark's 17 mile border. Green wheelie bins on the left, black on the right. Or similar. Barry 07905 889 005.
Thursday 21st June: Midsummer Madness. The summer solstice. Longest day of the year. Magic about. Meet 2am Cutty Sark Gardens, 2.30am Southwark Needle, 3am Bar Italia Frith Street, 4am top of Primrose Hill, 4.43am sunrise! 6am breakfast at the Island Cafe, Flat Iron Square, where Southwark Bridge Road meets Union Street. Unmissable. Barry 07905 889 005.
Thursday 21 June: Bike 2 Work - Dulwich Park, Court Lane Gate to Liverpool Street station; passing through / pick-up stops at Dog Kennel Hill & Champion Grove (7:45), Albany Road & Portland Street by Burgess Park(7:55). Gwen 07824 371 258
Friday 22nd June: Bike 2 Work - Docklands - Southwark Needle to Docklands. Gwen 07824 371 258
Friday 22nd June: Lea Valley with Greenwich. Meet 6.30pm Southwark Needle, 7pm Cutty Sark Gardens. Canal towpath. Barry 07905 889 005.
Saturday 23rd June: Surrey Quays Extreme Bike Day. At Surrey Quays Shopping Centre. Stunt shows by Team Extreme and lots of bike stalls, plus local rides by us at 12.30pm, 2pm and 3.30pm. Barry 07905 889 005. flyer, more info
Sunday 24th June: Southwark Healthy Parks. Memories of the March/April rides series. Meet 10am Southwark Needle. Linking Southwark Park, Burgess Park, Peckham Pulse and Dulwich Park. All day slow exploring meander. Barry 07905 889 005.
Thursday 28 June: 2012 Closures. Meet 6.30pm Southwark Needle for a last look at the Olympic site road and canal closure exclusion zone that take effect from Monday 2 July. A slow requiemic explore of loss. Barry. 07905 889 005.
More Bike Week Events outside Southwark Details of other Bike Week events outside Southwark are avaiable on the National site at www.bikeweek.org.uk
Sunday 1 July: Southwark Council's Beautiful Bike Day....bike decoration, Dr Bike etc and a local ride by Southwark Cyclists at the end. 12-4pm: Spa Gardens, Spa Road.
More here... Barry. 07905 889 005
Monday 2nd July: Brixton Beach Preworker. Start the week with a celebratory splash. Meet 6am (that's morning) Southwark Needle for under 5 mile ride to Brockwell Park Lido. And swim there. £2.60 early entry. Opens 6.45am. The UK's best lido reopens today after £3m renovations to this listed 30's treasure. It's its 70th birthday too. There may be queues but they'll be smiling. Find own way to work after or leave around 8am and follow me to London Bridge. More here... Warning: this wonderful place is habit forming. Barry 07905 889 005.
Thursday 5 July: Hard men and heroes Afterworker 6.30pm Southwark Needle. Alan's short ride to Honduras Street, EC1 and the Host Gallery's Flemish riders photo-exhibition soiree. The Flandrien and those scarey cobbles. www.hostgallery.co.uk
Saturday 7th July: Tour de France: Prologue. From http://www.tourdefrancelondon.com/en/ Starting on Whitehall, in front of Trafalgar Square, the riders will race past Downing Street towards Parliament Square on an 8km course. Turning at the Houses of Parliament, the route goes along Victoria Street, past Westminster Abbey and in front of Buckingham Palace. After the Palace the riders will pass through the middle of Wellington Arch, before looping through London's most famous park, Hyde Park. Finally the riders will pass back around Hyde Park Corner and along Constitution Hill, before ending on The Mall with Buckingham Palace as a backdrop.
Ride to Prologue The central London time-trail starts 3pm. Unique chance to see the circus. Meet Southwark Needle at 9.30am, then to Cutty Sark Gardens along the Thames Path to meet Lewisham/Greenwich at 10.30am and then to the LCC's viewing area on Park Lane. Rapha London Fields evening, Southwark Park Council party or whatever after. You should register here: http://www.lcc.org.uk/index.asp?PageID=855 Barry. 07905 889 005
Sunday 8th July: Tour de France: Stage 1. From http://www.letour.fr/2007/TDF/presentation/us/etape1.html The route starts on The Mall, runs through Admiralty Arch and then proceeds alongside the Thames down to the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. The riders will cross The Thames before riding past the London Eye and looping back to take in St Paul's Cathedral and the Tower of London. The riders will pass over Tower Bridge, through Bermondsey and Deptford to Greenwich where they will cross the Greenwich Meridian Line, where all time zones are measured from. The route then passes through Woolwich, Abbey Wood and Erith, before leaving London for Dartford in Kent. The route then goes through Gravesend and on to Medway, dominated by Rochester Castle and Cathedral. Passing on through Maidstone the route will take the riders to Tonbridge and then on to Royal Tunbridge Wells. The route winds through the beautiful Kent countryside, through the picturesque town of Tenterden and past Ashford to a potentially nail biting finish in Canterbury.
Full Tour De France timings pdf txt
Tuesday 10 July: Brockwell Park Lido 70th Birthday Preworker. It's reopened Brockwell Park lido's 70th birthday celebrations today. Meet 6am Southwark Needle for ride there and 70p (get it?) swim. Opens 6.45am. New lido history book on sale too. Cafe. Barry. 07905 889 005
Thursday 19 July: Surrey Canal Afterworker. Meet 6.30pm Southwark Needle for slow explore along the route and remnants of the filled-in Surrey Canal. Rotherhithe, Deptford, Walworth, Peckham and back to the Needle by about 9pm. Barry. 07905 889 005
Sunday 22 July: Cobham for Darnley & Dickens 9.00 Southwark Needle. 9.30 Cutty Sark gardens
Southwark Cyclists set out into Kent, the Thames path to Erith, busy roads to Gravesend, then canals and quiet roads.
We’ll pass through the award winning Shorne country park, through ancient Ashenbank with its’ Iron Age fort and WW2 bunkers, check out the Southwark connection with Dickens in Cobham, as we tread in the path of Tracy Tupmann, before moving into Cobham Park to view the Darnley mausoleum. Expect lots of ancient trees and long forgotten farming methods as we bump through these ancient woodlands.
Its’ not all tarmac, but none is any worse that the worst bits of the Thames path.
Outstanding views over the rolling North Downs as we follow them down to The Medway and onwards to Rochester for train home.
Lunch is some way into the ride, as well as the best choice in beer, well past Gravesend, bring sufficient fodder to keep going. 50/60 miles, with possible train to skip the Erith/Gravesend road bit.
Bill 07973 668642. Usual No Texts apply
Thursday 26th July: Morris Afterworker. Meet 6.30pm at Southwark Needle South end of London Bridge. North bank to Woolwich Ferry. Back along south bank to Deptford's Dog and Bell and the Blackheath Morris at 8.30pm. Ends there. Barry 07905 889 005.
Saturday 28th July: 15th Dunwich Dynamo. Just turn up for the start and ride. An unsupported (yes, really) overnight ride to Dunwich Beach in Suffolk. Once out of London, it's mostly deserted country lanes. But it's 120 miles. A long long way. Then swim. Or not. Read The FAQ
Thursday 2nd August: Olympic Exclusion Afterworker. Meet 6.30pm at Southwark Needle. We rode the main Olympic sites on the eve of the 2nd July road closures and 12k fence. See what's changed. Barry 07905 889 005.
Thursday 9th August: Peckham Angels Afterworker. Meet 6.30pm at Southwark Needle. For a ride to Chris Robert's talk "Disappearing dancers, Pagan Estate Agents, Angels and Faceless Nuns" courtesy of "One Eye Grey" at Review 131, Bellenden Rd, SE15 4QY. Make your own way home, if you dare. Barry 07905 889 005.
Sunday 5th August: Locks Docks. No more lunches at Dagenham City Farm - it's being Thames Gatewayed - but here's that all-day tour of docklands again. Meet 9am at Southwark Needle or 10am at Cutty Sark Gardens for a slow leisurely day out. 30 miles or leave whenever. Coffee and tea stops too. Barry 07905 889 005.
Sunday 12th August: Retracing the Surrey Canal. From source to end, and branches. Meet 10am at Southwark Needle or 11am at Cutty Sark Gardens for a much-stopping look at the industrial archaeology, and psycho-geography, of this almost lost waterway. 12 miles or so. Barry 07905 889 005.
Thursday 16th August: Putney Afterworker. Meet 6.30pm at Southwark Needle for a ride along the South Bank to Putney and back along the North Side. Refreshment stop at turn. Barry 07905 889 005.
Saturday 18th August: From H2O (2): Water for Health, Wealth and Pleasure! Lambeth Cyclists will be "venturing east on a tour of the 'filled in' Grand Surrey canals, more hidden rivers and hanging sites before heading north of the river and ending at the fountains on the South Bank." Meet at Oval tube fountains 10.00 am or at Southwark Needle at 9am for a slow dawdle to the start. See Lambeth Cyclists for more details.
Sunday 19 August: Essex Ferries. Meet 8.30am at Southwark Needle or 8.45am at Liverpool Street station for the 9.02am train to Manningtree. 4 go for the price of 2. £10 each then. Then the dozen rolling miles to Harwich for coffee and the tiny ferry to Felixstowe across the mouths of the Stour and Orwell and into Suffolk. And then the even tinier boat across the Debden to Bawdsey. About £6 for those ferries. About 40 miles in all. Easy paced for all. Barry. 07905 889 005
Friday 24th - Tuesday 28th August: The Wild Wales Challenge. We're all Greenwich Cyclists for this and head back to North Wales for the 6th time for a weekend of fun and challenging rides through some of the most beautiful scenery in Wales. More info . . . Photos here. Mailing List here.
Thurday 30th August: Afterworker: Woolwich Ferry and back Meet 6.30pm Southwark Needle. Barry 07905 889 005.
Sunday 9th September: Rainham Marshes. Meet 10am at Cutty Sark Gardens for the 25 exploring miles to the RSPB visitor centre at their Rainham Marshes reserve via the Woolwich Ferry. Back on the A13 bikepaths and Greenwich Foot Tunnel. Barry 07905 889 005.
Thursday 13th September: Afterworker: Bolan in Barnes. Meet 18:30 at Southwark Needle. Its' 30 years on Sunday since Marc Bolan collided with a Tree in Barnes. A slightly extended run tonight through Putney, up to Barnes Common and that fateful tree. Back along the North bank. Bill 07973 668642.
Saturday 15 September: Gunpowder, Small Arms, Waterworks and Pumps. Open House weekend. Meet 9am Southwark Needle for relaxed 40 miles up the Lee Valley to Epping Forest and Waltham Abbey. Including home of the Lee Enfield rifle, an Edwardian pumping station, Wedgwood drawing rooms...back south down the route of the New river. Bill. 07973 668642
Sunday 16th September: SE1 Open House. SE1 lists 22 usually closed buildings open this weekend. Meet 10am Southwark Needle and agree which to visit. Optional stay on after to join Young Southwark Cyclists on the amazing Thames Festival Carnival Procession meeting 5pm Doon Street carpark. Barry 07905 889 005.
Thursday 20th September: Bankside Churchyard BikeFest. 12 noon-2pm in South Churchyard, Southwark Cathedral. Part of a series of sessions aimed at local employees. More info . . .
Thursday 20th September: 4B Putney Afterworker. Along the Thames Path on the south side, back along the north. Refreshment stop half-way. Easy sociable pace for all. Part of Bankside Bikefest Meet 6.30pm by the Market Porter pub on Stoney St, Borough Market. Barry 07905 889 005.
Saturday 22nd September: Peckham BMX fun day. At Bird in the Bush track from 11am. More info . . .
Sunday 23rd September: Freewheel Feeder, Feeder ride. Meet 10am Southwark Needle for the ride to Peckham Rye and up to he Freewheel Festival in St James's Park and the motor-free ride along the Embankment. Barry 07905 889 005.
Thursday 27 September: Border Patrol Afterworker. Exploring every inch of Southwark's 17 mile border. Green wheelie bins on the left, purple on the right. Easy sociable pace for all. Part of Bankside Bikefest Meet 6.30pm by the Market Porter pub in Borough Market. There'll be a professional mechanic/trainer from CTUK along with us for advice if needed. Barry 07905 889 005.
Thursday 4 October: Woolwich Ferry Afterworker. North bank to the Woolwich Ferry and over, back along the south side. Easy sociable pace for all. Part of Bankside Bikefest Meet 6.30pm by the Market Porter pub in Borough Market. There'll be a professional mechanic/trainer from CTUK along with us for advice if needed. Barry 07905 889 005.
Sunday 7th October: Locks Docks etc. Meet 9am at Southwark Needle and 10am at Cutty Sark Gardens for leisurely paced always different all day explore of docklands. Stay all day and have afternoon tea at Wapping Pumping Station or leave whenever. Barry 07905 889 005.
Wednesday 10 October: Southwark Cyclists Annual Meeting. 7pm Blackfriars Settlement. Optional meal after at 8.30pm. The meeting at which we review the past year and all Management Committee members stand down and elections take place. Unmissable. If you can only get to one of our meets this year.....this is the one....details here. Barry. 07905 889 005
Thursday 11 October: The Ghosts of South London Afterworker. Quiet local backstreets before getting to the Kings Head, Borough High Street, and a £2.50 talks about spoks by the South East London Folklore Society. Easy sociable pace for all. Part of Bankside Bikefest There'll be a professional mechanic/trainer along with us from CTUK for advice if needed. Meet 6.30pm by the Market Porter pub in Borough Market. Barry 07905 889 005.
Sunday 14 October: Back to the source. Meet 9am at Southwark Needle for ride to Paddington station and the 10am train to Swindon. Hour on train. £37 return or £18.50 each in groups of four. Then 15 mile ride - some walking - to the source of the Thames. Same again to St John's Lock Lechlade, and that Old Father Thames statue, and same again back to Swindon. Be warned: First Great Western trains not bike friendly. We may have to split up and regroup at Swindon. And may not get on at all...Barry. 07905 889 005
16th - 20th October: Bicycle Film Festival London more info. . .
Thursday 18 October: East Afterworker. To Greenwich and beyond along the Thames Path. And back. Easy sociable pace for all. Part of Bankside Bikefest Meet 6.30pm by the Market Porter pub in Borough Market. There'll be a professional mechanic/trainer from CTUK along with us for advice if needed. Barry 07905 889 005.
Saturday 27 October: Wonderful Whitstable Weekend. We do this a couple of times a year.
Amazing variety..from the big roads out of London to 13 very different seaside resorts on coast-hugging Sunday.
Meet 9am Saturday 27 October at Cutty Sark Gardens for the 60 mile ride to Whitstable. 99% tarmac. Some grassy bits ok for touring bikes.
Coffee Gravesend. Lunch Rochester. (Phone me direct if you want to train it to either to find us).
Some of us have booked into the treaty Duke of Cumberland for dinner and B&B.; 01227 280617. Whitstable Tourist Office has other places: 01227 275482. (Self-booking please).
Sunday: meet 10am at Whitstable Harbour for an optional fresh oyster then 55 ozone-overdose miles to Dover. Train back from there. (nb: we usually time that harbour meet to the first train from London. But there's big engineering works planned that day, so not this daylight-saving time)
Barry. 07905 889 005
Tuesday 25th December: 2512 Ride Our Sixth. Meet 10am Cutty Sark Gardens and 11am at Southwark Needle. London's quietest day of the year. A slow and sociable exploring meander round central London in very good and diverse company. Drop out whenever or stay on for a late lunch up Edgware Road and maybe a pub after. Barry 07905 889 005.