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CLUB HISTORY
Record of Events
1893. The club was formed in April 1893, by a few enthusiastic cyclists who, having formed a social alliance, were inspired to form themselves into a cycling club. A meeting was convened at Heaven's Coffee Tavern, Hill Avenue, Bedminster. It was at first suggested to name the club W.D.& H.O. Wills Cycling Club. However, amongst the original members, there were friends who were not employed by the firm, therefore, perhaps with a thought of the days to come, it was decided that the club be known as the Bristol South Cycling Club.
The original members and founders of the club were:
Messrs. A G Justin (chairman), T Edwards (captain), C F Manns (treasurer), W Morgan (bugler), C Hazelwood, F Budd, G Jones, R Alden, W Greening, J King (vice-captain), W H Lewis and A S Sheppard (secretary). The Bugler let it be said was an important person in the clublife in the early eighteen nineties.
The first run after the club was formed was to Bath, on the 29th April 1893. Saturday social runs and holiday tours were a great feature of Club life

1894 -96. The club joined the National Cyclists Union. Racing came to the club through an amusing incident; arriving at Wells early in the day on a Whit Monday holiday tour, members decided to have a try out on the track. Some gave up the idea but R Alden and W Greening decided to race, whereupon they dismantled their roadster bicycles of mudguards, brakes, etc. R Alden (Bobby) won his heat in the half-mile race and to the amazement and delight of the club won the final.
After the initial attempt a few members, Bobby in particular, took up serious racing with considerable success. R Alden became the first Club Champion in 1896. The first race run by the club was in 1894 from Horfield Barracks to Gloucester and back, won by W Greening.
For some seasons the club, in conjunction with the Bristol Harriers ran a series of sports meetings at Eastville and at St. John's Lane on the ground of the Bristol South End FC (which become Messrs E S & A Robinson's Athletic Ground and has now changed its name again).

1914
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During the war years the club was kept in being by older members and was reorganised in 1920.

1920 -39. The club was to the fore in every type of cycling activity. The Frampton Memorial Shield was won outright and re-presented to the NCU for further competition. The club was the founder club of the Western Time Trials Association whilst the annual Evening Track Sports became a popular feature in Bristol fixtures. With the advent of youth hostelling, many members became strong supporters of this form of touring.

1939 -45. The club carried on a skeleton time trial and social programme during the war years.

1946. The club reorganised and admitted ladies for the first time. In this year E E Ilott won the half mile National Grass Championship at the County Ground.

1947. The post-war years saw a rapid revival of the club and by the end of the 1947 season the membership and social activities were setting up new records. It was in this year that the club celebrated its golden jubilee since the war prevented it being recognised on time in 1943.

1948. The club promoted the National Hill Climb Championship at Weston Hill, Bath, and the season was concluded successfully by the club's Golden Jubilee Dinner, which was attended by the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Bristol.

1951. The club promoted its second National Championship - the Ladies 25 miles time trial on the Bridgwater Flats.

1946 -59. Between 1946 and 1959 a great deal of controversy developed between the British League of Racing Cyclists (BLRC) and the National Cyclists Union (NCU) over the rise of mass start racing. This rivalry continued until the formation of the British Cycling Federation (BCF) in 1959. During this period the club took a full part in the development of both lines of the sport.

1953 /55. New figures were set in the club's open promotions for the National men's and women's Competition Records

1961. One of the club's riders, Chris Holloway had the distinction of attaining third position in the National BBAR competition and backed up by John Kempe and Jeff Fry, the club were placed first in the National Team Competition.

1966. Mrs B Body became the first member chosen to represent Great Britain in the World Championships held on the famous Nuremburg Ring, Germany.

1967. The club promoted the first time trial in the U.K. for professional riders in 1967, when a separate Bristol to Weston event was provided for this category.

1972. The club promoted the Men’s 25mile National Championship won by Alf Engers in 53:40.

1979. M.Noble rode the Junior World Cyclo Cross Championships in 1979 and in the same year Allen Janes was the first rider ever to ride a low profile bike in a time trial.

1982. The club promoted yet again, the Men’s National 25 mile Championship on the Gloucester Road that was won by Dave Lloyd, Manchester Whs in 53:34.

1987. Matthew Bristow set the Juvenile 10 miles competition record in the West DC GHS Final on the U4 in 20:26. During the same year Rod Collins, at his first attempt at the distance was 2nd in the 24 hour National Championship covering 483.104 miles.

1988. From 1988 to 1991, life member Dave Galley became the club sponsor. Club members competed in club colours carrying the Galley logo, and the legend 'Dave Galley & Son'.

1992. The club adopted a new patterned racing strip that retained the original club colours of red and gold.

1992. The club celebrated its centenary with several events during the year:
  • It promoted the 100 mile National Championship on the Gloucester Road which was won by Gethin Butler in 3hr 44min 45sec
  • The centenary dinner was held at the Kingswood Civic Centre with Ted King, President of the CTC, as the guest of honour
  • The first club run from Bristol to Bath was re-enacted along the railway cycle track in association with the Veteran Cycle Club
  • A celebratory club run to Malmesbury took place, where the riders stopped for lunch.

    2005. Dave Keene won the World Trike Championship.

    2006. A celebratory luncheon was held to recognise the long term membership of ten club members, each with over 50 years of continuous membership; they were Les Cattell, Len and Alice Beak, George Keene, Dave Galley, John Kempe, Pete Baldwin, Brian Boyd, Jeff Fry, Allen Janes.

    Dave Keene retained the World Trike championship and broke the national trike competition record for 100ml (4hr 0min 1sec).

    2007. The National Hill Climb Championship was held in Cheddar Gorge with Dave Keene as the event Organiser.

    2008. Dave Keene won the World Trike Championship – again!

    Of Bristol’s many pre-World War 1 cycling clubs only Bristol South CC remains and it is one of the oldest cycling clubs in the country.
    All the club’s collection of archives are now held at the Bristol Record Office at B Bond Warehouse, Smeaton Road, Bristol BS1 6XN. The collection contains minutes, accounts, correspondence, newspaper cuttings, membership records and start and result sheets. The documents date from the 1890s to the 1990s.

    Past Officers of the club
    Listed here is a record of who has served the club in the roles of President, Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and Captain. The list of Presidents is complete from 1893 up to the present day but unfortunately the others contain some gaps as these records were not maintained over the years.
    President
    Year Name
    1893 - 97 W Melville Wills
    1897 W R Ireland
    1898 - 00 W P Kingston
    1901 - 02 Walter H Long MP

    Year Name
    1903 - 22 J Daveridge
    1923 - 35 W W Douglas
    1936 - 45 T Thornton Wills
    1946 - 67 E A Warbutton

    Year Name
    1967 - 03 E E Janes
    2003 - 12 J S Kempe


    Chairman
    Year Name
    1893 A G Justin
    1897 A Hall
    1898 - 00 A G Justin
    1901 - 39 C A Hall
    1946 - 47 H A Butt
    1948 - 53 W F Perry
    1954 - 57 G Fox
    1958 - 61 E E Janes

    Year Name
    1962 - 64 C Cave
    1965 E E Janes
    1966 - 68 J S Kempe
    1969 - 70 F C Holloway
    1971 J Fry
    1972 J S Kempe
    1973 - 74 E E Janes
    1975 - 77 J S Kempe

    Year Name
    1978 - 79 K Haynes
    1990 D Hill
    1991 - 98 J S Kempe
    2002 - 08 R Hutchinson
    2008 - D Braidley


    Secretary
    Year Name
    1893 A S Sheppard
    1893 - 97 A G Justin
    1898 - 99 W R Ireland
    1900 - 04 C Glenister
    1905 - 06 W G Adams
    1907 - 08 W J Webb
    1909 F A Newman
    1910 - 11 C Cox
    1912 - 19 H Birth
    1920 - 21 C Curry
    1922 R Herrington
    1923 - 24 G Gallaway
    1925 - 26 G Taylor
    1927 P Stocker
    1928 - 35 P W Still
    1936 A R Cook
    1937 P W Still

    Year Name
    1938 K Paterson
    1939 F W Cook
    1940 R Deane
    1941 - 43 B Lee
    1944 - 46 K Evans
    1947 - 48 J Walton
    1949 A D Herrington
    1950 K E Evans
    1951 L Stuart
    1952 D Williams & R Hazell
    1953 -54 Miss S G Hiscox
    1955 R Hazell
    1956 D G Jones
    1957 Mrs M G Keene
    1958 - 61 H L Beak
    1962 I D Metcalfe
    1963 - 64 H L Beak

    Year Name
    1965 D Tovey
    1966 - 68 B Harris
    1969 J Turner
    1970 - 72 M Nixon
    1973 - 76 S Francis
    1977 P Baldwin
    1978 - 81 K Ainscough
    1982 - 83 F C Holloway
    1984 - 2001 A McKenna
    2002 - 05 B Pilsworth
    2005 - 08 G Partridge
    2008 - 12 R Hutchinson
    2012 C Gyles
    2012 - 13 P Jones


    Treasurer
    Year Name
    1893 C F Manns
    1894 - 97 W R Ireland
    1898 - 06 W H Lewis
    1907 F Hollwey
    1908 - 24 W G Adams
    1925 - 26 T Parkhouse
    1927 - 29 W A Thomas
    1930 - 37 E J Smith
    1938 - 39 W F Perry
    1946 A R Cook
    1947 - 48 W W Griffiths

    Year Name
    1949 W H Chappell
    1950 - 52 A R Cook
    1953 - 54 R Sullivan
    1955 - 56 Miss P Heyes
    1957 C Moore
    1958 - 60 J S Kempe
    1961 - 63 J Fry
    1964 - 66 D Galley
    1967 - 68 S Maggs
    1969 - 70 J Fry
    1971 B Harris

    Year Name
    1972 - 79 J Fry
    1980 R Hull
    1990 J S Kempe
    1991? Mrs E Keene
    1992 J Roberson
    1993 J Roberson
    1999 - 2004 G Keene
    2004 - 09 Miss J Priest
    2009 - I Deegan


    Captain
    Year Name
    1893 T Edwards
    1894 - 96 W Poole
    1897 - 98 C A Hall
    1899 S King
    1900 - 02 A Stewart
    1903 G Jones
    1904 R Alden
    1905 F Keen
    1906 G Roddick
    1907 F Newman
    1908 A Powell
    1909 - 11 W Vokes
    1912 P Roach
    1913 - 19 F Alden
    1920 - 21 W G Bush
    1922 G Hill
    1923 H Hampson
    1924 - 25 E J Smith
    1926 W A Thomas
    1927 P W Still
    1928 - 32 H A Butt
    1933 T Long

    Year Name
    1934 H Thornhill
    1935 - 36 W F Coomes
    1937 - 40 A F Cook
    1941 H Jefferies
    1942 T Carberry
    1943 - 45 K Evans
    1946 H Broomfield
    1947 J Thomas
    1948 A D Lanfear
    1949 D T Tucker
    1950 F T Taylor
    1951 A D Lanfear
    1952 B Yeoman
    1953 A A Rich
    1954 - 57 F T Taylor
    1958 J Fry
    1959 None
    1960 - 62 F T Taylor
    1963 P J Lark
    1964 R Lyall
    1965 - 66 P J Lark
    1967 P Foster

    Year Name
    1968 S Maggs & J Morris
    1969 J Legge
    1970 E E Janes
    1971 N Selman
    1972 D Galley
    1973 N Selman
    1974 E E Janes
    1975 - 76 D Galley
    1977 E E Janes
    1978 A Cheyne
    1979 J Legge
    1985 J Fry
    1988 - 93 D Galley
    1995 - 96 J Fry
    1999 - 01 D Galley
    2002 - 08 J Fry
    2008 - 13 A Legge
    2013 - S Hore
    2015 J Waren
    2016 M Miskelly


    Roll of Honour
    The passage of time has seen the death of several members who gave many years of valuable service and the club's appreciation of their good work is recorded here.
    Year Name
    1941 W F Coombes (14)
    1942 A Hall (46)
    1943 G E Brown (42)
    1943 B England (21)
    1943 K Patterson
    1945 C Glenister (47)
    1945 H Rose (38)
    1948 E J Smith (26)
    1949 R Alden (56)
    1952 W Pearce (49)
    1954 G A Widman (22)
    1955 W G Stone (33)
    1955 W J Wyatt (52)
    1955 C Hazelwood (62)

    Year Name
    1959 V Allen
    1959 W Told
    1960 S H Justin
    1961 Mrs J Evans
    1965 G Fare
    1978 C Cave
    1978 Gus Taylor
    1978 R Sullivan
    1989 E Ilott
    1993 D Hill
    199? P Still
    199? A Cook
    199? W Chappell
    2000 R Leach

    Year Name
    2002 K Evans
    2003 W Perry
    2003 E Janes (70)
    2004 K Ainscough
    2005 T McKenna
    2007 R Theise
    2008 H Les Cattell
    2009 L Beak
    2010 Mrs E Keene
    2014 J S Kempe
    2015 K Haynes


    Previous Club Rooms
    Over the years the club has used many different locations for its regular meetings and informal social gatherings; here is a list of those considered to be the ‘official’ club room.
    Year Location
    1893 Heaven's Coffee Tavern, 12 Hill Ave, Totterdown
    1894 - 95 Lee's Coffee Tavern Bath Bridge
    1896 - 97 Angel Hotel, Redcliff Street
    1898 - 01 White Hart Hotel, Old Market
    1902 The Ship, Redcliff Hill
    1903 - 29 The Star Hotel, North St, Bedminster
    1930 - 33 The Old Fox, Redcliff Street
    1934 The White Hart, Old Market
    1935 - 37 The Bathurst Hotel, Price Street
    1938 - 39 Haymarket Hotel, Bristol
    1946 - 61 The Glasshouse Hotel, Lawrence Hill

    Year Location
    1962 - 65 Scout Hut, Gadshill Rd, Eastville
    1966 - 67 The Old England, Bath Buildings, Montpellier
    1968 The Old England, Bath Building
    1969 The Rhubarb Tavern, Queen Ann Road
    1969 Centre 66, Redcross St
    1969 The Bear Hotel, Hotwells
    1970 - 72 The Old England, Bath Buildings
    1972 - 74 Scout Hut, St Annes Terrace
    1974 - 76 Horfield Parish Hall
    1975 - 76 Sandringham Sandy Park, Brislington
    1977 - 90 Old Fire Station, Hollywood Rd, Brislington

    Year Location
    1990 - 92 Hollywood Road
    1993 - 00 Bristol & West Social Club, Portway
    2001 - 02 Bristol University Joint Social CLub
    2002 - 08 The Scotchman & His Pack
    2008 - 09 Cross Hands pub, Downend
    2009 - 12 Cornubia pub
    2012 - 16 Star & Dove
    2016 The Oxford, Totterdown