Fareham Wheelers Cycling Club
80 Years of Fareham Wheelers Cycling Club
Fareham Wheelers Cycling Club is currently celebrating its 80th year since its inception. Founded in 1927 by Mr. E. Cambrai, whose son Pat, had asked him to help organise a club.
Meetings were held on a weekly basis at the Cambrai home in Gordon Road, Fareham, where Pat became club captain. In those early days it was as much involved with social activities, as cycling. Sadly Pat Cambrai died as a result of a motor vehicle accident in 1931. His father continued supporting the club at his home until 1934, when it was decided that weekly meetings would be held at an independent venue, the first I believed was at the Royal Oak Pub in West Street: opposite Trinity Church. By now there was a growing interest in the competitive side of cycling. Road Time Trials and Track Racing, and eventually Road Racing, which at this time was the popular pursuit on the European Continent, until adopted in the U.K. after the 2nd World War.
Present day members continue to enjoy the competitive side of the sport in much the same manner. Sunday morning Club Runs continue to attract good support with the occasional short break away, whether in this country, or in Europe.
Present day members (2007) at The Traveller's Rest after a Sunday club run
Michael Warner, Gareth Peters, David Palk, Nigel Marris, Tim Warner, Kevin Dennett, Nigel Fitzpatrick, Allan Harboard, Angus Fileman, David Dalton, Keith Matthews, James Terry, Geoff Loveman, Graham Jones, Kevin Gebbie, Alan Davy, David Rich.
William Peters, Stan Maidwell, Geoff Bibby, Peter Beirne, Thad O'Higgins, Bob Blackman, Tim Bishop, Mal Young, John Webber, Luke Cole, Jean Gray, Judith Jones, John Ellwood.
To mark this 80th anniversary I have attempted to capture some of the moments in this series of photographs that so many members over decades would have enjoyed. From the virtually traffic free road situation in its early years, to contending with the pressures of the 21st century.
Compiled by Don Bulman. A member since 1956. click here to see the photographs