Date = 27th September 2016
Run Number = 1698
Venue = The Garden City Brewery
Location= Letchworth Garden City
Beer = Release the Chimps; GROG; 1903 & a few more + Ciders
Hares = No Eye Deer
Runners = 22
Virgins = 0
Visitors = 0
Newies = 0
Hounds = 0
Après = 1
Total = 23
Membership = Recalling the World’s End!
Mr X hadn't even made it to the start before he was accosted by Sparky, who was parked up just behind a Police car on the lower end of Station Road. The flustered Sparky said that the Post Code on the website & Trash wanted to take him to a different road? There was a reference to maybe having to park in the street, as the location of the nearest car park wasn't known when the weekly email was sent out!
Mr X wondered why Sparky hadn't tried this to follow his TomTom? When Sparky did follow the TomTom it led him around to the car park directly behind the Brewery, where the Circle had been called & introduction carried out by Ewok.
By the time Mr X & My Lil’ had left Sparky & walked around to the Car Park, the Hare had also done her spiel & the Pack had moved on out to Wynd, there outside of the Brewery the first Hash markings of arrows pointing down to Station road. Though if you looked carefully the remnants of the of a FUK Full Moon CHK with a number 5 within could still be seen from the previous week’s World’s End Pub Crawl.
Not a bad turnout, was it that the weather was improving from the early morning’s brief shower, or was it because a Brewery was involved? No Eye Deer had already mentioned her ‘track record’ when it comes to setting Trails & it raining on her parade. Meanwhile Mr X & My Lil’ were still surprised that the Car Park was right behind the Garden City Brewery that they have visited a dozen times between them & both failed to notice the parking area! [Must have other thoughts clouding their minds at the time? – Ed]
Anyhow, Mr X found the Trail down the slight hill & then over the roundabout in Norton Way South & up Birds Hill road, while ARP was keen to search under the nearby Railway bridge toward Norton. The Dust led around the bendy snake like bottom end of this residential street as heads out to the northeast but the early FRBs of Tent Packer, Ketchup & Prince Garmin would soon follow Mr X up to a Bar CHK.
This quaint area is now populated with homes from early on in Letchworth's development, many of these homes have a cottage like look to them, a deliberate design to ‘countryfy the town to make it a desirable place to move to.
The GM now took advantage of taking to Ridge Road as it arcs around to the east, Ewok was well on her way as the Trail came off of this & turned southward on the longer Ridge Avenue & up to then over the Baldock Road.
Lemming made a comment about the double arrows pointing over the road, which he asked if the Hash Markings were stuttering! Mr X did an impersonation of Arkwright with a comment of "Ger-ger-ger-Granville!"
Once over the main road the Hash would follow Dust down Bowershot. The Keenies would now fall for another Bar CHK, then it was back again to return back to where the Hare was with 2-1-2 Maureen & Crispy Bush making their way off on to Lordship Lane.
The old village route of Lordship Lane, would take the Pack to Howard Drive, named after Ebenezer Howard the man who came up with the idea of a Garden City, when back in Sparky’s Day in the 1903 you could buy a property for £175!
In those days you could bath in your kitchen, see the Plans opposite!
Lemming would say later on that he liked Garden Cities as they have more character than other ‘New Town’ developments built afterwards, especially when you look at Milton Keynes.
After this fairly long trot, the FRBs arrived the small roundabout that was octopus like with arms for the many cul-de-sacs surrounding it, one of which was a dead end by the local School
Here was the first Held CHK, situated by the small parade of shops opposite Lordship Farm Primary School, Porky Pie managed to climb a little way up a lamppost to take a picture of the Hash, who after patiently waiting for the SCBs to arrive were rewarded with three bags of sweets.
Lemming said "A bag each!" & that he had his one, mockingly trying to walk away from the Circle with his ill-gotten gains!
There were a choice of Jelly Beans, Jelly Babies & Jellies! [Is there’s a theme going on here? Lucky that Pebbledash wasn’t the Hare as there could have been KY Jelly! – Ed]
The FRBs looked back to see 2-1-2 Maureen & Crispy Bush making their way to the CHK, among the conversations was the belief that Mrs Mallet could have made it around this far, while Ewok told of someone calling Crispy Bush by the name of Crispy Duck! Mr X asked if this was like a Yorkshire compliment like "Ay opp me Crispy Duck!"?
Paxo made sure that these last two to the CHK would get some of the sweets, before the rest devoured them all.
When the Trail resumed it was through the west bound alleyway to come out on to Willian Lane, but here the Trail seemed lost, with some looking out on Four Acres [Luckily Pebbledash wasn’t at this point to comment on the name of the road! – Ed] by the School entrance behind the home on this road, all to no avail!
The Trail was picked up northward up Willian Lane, passing by the solitary swing sign advertising ice creams at the entrance to the Letchworth Golf Centre, but for the likes of Mr X, Lemming, Sloppy Seconds, Sludge & Porky Pie things would ground to a Halt as they neared the Baldock Road, they were called back to see Pepé le Pew & Pebbledash both taking to Cloisters avenue, it was on the way back to catch the others that the remains of the Bar CHK were seen to have been deliberately washed out, leaving a white stain running down the road [Steady in there Pebbledash! - Ed]
Paxo was spotted hanging around across the road from the T-junction, where he was getting excited at seeing a red E-type Jaguar & a Morgan in the driveway of the home, he wanted to point this out to Ewok! Ketchup & Prince Garmin had spotted this car as well & later said that he bet the guy must have had a lot of people knocking on the door about if it was for sale?
Pepé le Pew was not the only one to be impressed by the Cloisters tower, the Arts & Craft style building was built by the Quaker Miss Annie Jane Lawrence (1863-1953) open in 1905 as an outdoor School for Psychology, the tall edifice is just a apart of an art-deco building using a variety of architectural shaped & materials. It wouldn't look out of place in a Harry Potter Film!
Unfortunately it was commandeered during the war & Miss Lawrence couldn’t afford to repair the damage done during that time, it was offered to the Letchworth Council, who didn’t want it at the time & so it was taken over by the Masons. In June 2013 The Cloisters appeared in episode 4 of ITV's five-part series Britain's Secret Homes, placing it in 16th place out of 50 historic buildings in Britain selected by English Heritage.
Mr X explained that nearby St Christopher's school was built around an alternative idea that Pupils & Parents have a lot of input as to how the School is run. The Trail moved away from the School, which is famous for its policy of letting Pupils & Parents have input into to the way it is run.
The Trail came up to the Baldock Road, care was taken to head over this & find a CHK on the short dead-end spur road of South View at the north end of the small green space. From here the Keenies of Sludge, ARP, Ewok, My Lil', Mr X, Sloppy Seconds, My Lil’ & Sparky all set off on Sollershot East in a westerly direction, soon the Trial would turn northward up Field Lane.
At the Y shaped Junction the Dust room to the right-hand option on to Souberie Avenue, Sparky was upset that those ahead were not calling "On!" From the next part of Souberie Avenue over Sollershot. He said that if he was RA, then he'd have all the non-callers out in the Circle on a charge!
As the avenue arced up northward from its northeasterly start, the FRBs came out to Meadow Way where flour was found on either side, here some local OAPs came out of their front gardens what the calling from the FRBs & Sparky’s blowing of his horn [Whoa there Pebbledash! – Ed] as they congregated at the crossroads. But Sludge ignored these, dismissing them as Red Herrings in order to run up the dead end road, to a pass through out on to Gernon Road, this is the way the Trail went, emerging near to Pub Stop number nine on the Worlds End pub Crawl, the former Black Squirrel & now as closed Thai restaurant.
The FRBs of Porky Pie, Sludge, Tent Packer, Mr X, ARP, Ewok & Sparky made their way down Gernon Road away from the short cut through the back of the shopping area & followed the Trail all the way back down to Norton Way, there it came around by Letchworth Free Church, two of the local worshipers wondered what the Calling of “On!” & Sparky’s Old Horn was about & on to Leys avenue, opposite Mrs Howards Memorial Hall in the Heritage centre of town.
On the way up Leys Avenue, Sparky was surprised when the rest peeled off down the cut-through to Openshaw Way that run behind the shops & almost encircles the car park where the Sparky Mobile was parked up.
Most settled outside the Brewery on the straw bales in the undercover garden, it was actually quite humid & the fresh air was most welcome. Ewok offered 2-1-2 Maureen a slice of her excellent Sausage Roll the Pub have on offer, forgetting that 2-1-2- Maureen is a vegetarian! However it was a good choice to select the sausage rolls, the RA chose one of these & was happy that he got in there before someone else, after seeing Sparky pick up & handle a couple of the pork pies before he put them back under the cover on the Bar!
Suddenly Alfa Male & Max Factor arrived outside, after a late start they ran all the way in an attempt to catch up, but it seems that they failed to catch the Tail of the Pack. What Ever She Says also arrived, he was there to give the Hare a Lift Home.
Mr X was busy explaining the Hash to the Landlady/Breweress, Mr X would have preferred to call her an ‘Ale-Wife’, since this was the technical name from days of yore when Women were normally the Brewers in the villages before the advent of mass transport of Ales, it’s also the name of a type of Herring! There was plenty to talk about & when he mentioned the Moon shaped CHK from last week outside of the Pub indicating it was Pub Stop Five, it answered a few questions the Staff had pondered on for a week!
After having their pictures taken by the Landlady, the Circle was called the toast was dealt with by Ewok, then it over to the RA. The Hare was called out for an excellent Run, getting the FRBs back for opening time!
Sparky was out for his Post Code Lottery & getting a winning space from his TomTom! Crispy Bush was out, as a returnee after the RA failed to recall the Crispy Duck incident! Hopefully the Hash Flash will send on the Pics?