I always love the art work that Bryn produces for each year’s Club Annual Dinner. It needs to be saved as part of our club history. So here is this years menu card. And thanks Bryn!
And the inside is even better! A bit of Club history.
The first Old Boys Run was held in 1905. That for 1914 was held in October, only a few weeks after war had been declared in August. It is probable that the above poem was written after this event, held at Godstone’s Clayton Arms, to remember those peacetime bike rides over the many earlier years, to this idyllic little Surrey village. Today with the benefit of hindsight, the words are a poignant reminder of the many Anerley young boys who were killed or maimed in the terrible, following years of W.W.I
The fine drawing above, commemorates the 29th and very last Old Boys Run. It took place, as shown, at the Clayton Arms in October 1938. By October of 1939 we were again at war with Germany.
Unfortunately I cannot tell you who the poetic pen man was, only that he was an Anerley man who signed his work just with the initial “B”. The drawing I do know was sketched by W.R.H. Moon, better known as Bill. If you look closely you will see that Bill Moon is named, in the back row.
At the first Old Boys Run in 1905 a subscription list was started to pay for a silver trophy for the Anerley Bicycle Club. This was originally known, and engraved, as The Old Member’s Cup. This fine trophy (below) is still held by our club.