January 8th.- Billiard
Match, Pickwick B.C. v Stanley C.C., at Eldon Street. Four games played, each side winning two. A good
attendance of both clubs.
Thirtieth annual general meeting and election of officers. Retirement of Mr. Blotton from the office of
Treasurer, which he held from January 1890. The following officers were elected for the year:- President, Mr. S.C.
Rhodes; Vice-Presidents, Messrs. Maverly, Fussell, Bryant, Beningfield, Robey, Jacobs, Riehmer, Sloughgrove,
Boulter, Mann, Hollands and Yeoman: Captain, T.J. Boulter; Sub-Captain, G. Palmer; Hon. Treasurer, F.E. Hill; Hon.
Secretary, Edward Hill; Assistant Hon. Secretary, W.E. Blake; Committee, Messrs. Yeoman, Fenton, Buckland, H.V.
Smith, Kemball, Hollands and Parker. Messrs. W.E. Blake and G. Palmer were elected delegates to the
Cinderella Dance at the Cripplegate Institute; a poor attendance.
February 24th.- Smoking
concert, organized by Mr. Blotton, at headquarters; a great success.
Adjourned annual meeting.
March 15th.- Return
Billiard Match at Stanley Cycling Club’s headquarters. Our opponents won all four games. A very pleasant evening
March 31st.- Opening
meeting of thirty-first season at headquarters, when a very large number of members and friends attended. A
presentation of a handsome escritoire was made to Mr. E. Hollands in recognition of his valuable services as
Treasurer of the Club for ten years.
April 12th to
16th, Easter Tour.- Twenty-six members and visitors attended. Starting from Bristol, the route taken was
by Berkeley Heath, Gloucester, Tewkesbury, Worcester, Tenbury, and Ludlow, Hereford, Ross, Valley of the Wye,
visiting Tintern Abbey, thence to Chepstow and back to Bristol. A most successful tour, thoroughly enjoyed by
June 30th.- Inter-club
run with Stanley Cycling Club to Alton, continued on the following day to Haslemere. The weather was not good, and
there was not a large attendance, but the run was much enjoyed by those who went.
August 25th.- Annual
run to Brighton. Bad weather, but a very good attendance.
September 15th.- Second
run to Brighton. An improvement on the former, but the Circular does not state the number that attended.
Twenty-first Anniversary of Inter-club run with London Scottish and Dartmouth Park Clubs to the Old Salisbury, at
Barnet. Mr. Pickwick presided, and there were present several of the Colonial Troops from the war on a visit
to this country.
October 13th.- Closing
meeting of season. A very excellent gathering, and Mr. Blotton’s musical programme splendid as usual. The
prizes for the eighth Billiard Handicap should have been presented as follows: Mr. Jesse Hill, first; Mr. H.V.
Smith, second; Mr. K.M. Yeoman, third; but only Mr. Yeoman of the three was present, and he had a very hearty
reception on taking his prize.
November 10th.- A
Progressive Whist evening at headquarters; sixteen attended, who had a pleasant evening.
Billiard Match with Stanley Cycling Club at headquarters. A very good attendance. The Stanley C.C. won four out of
five games. There was some very fine play.
Thirty-first Annual Dinner at Frascatti’s. About 140 members and friends sat down, and everyone voted the evening
an unqualified success. Mr. Blotton’s musical arrangements were of their usual excellence, and the artistic
programme as usual the generous gift of Brother Tadger.
December 15th.- Club
walk, under the leadership of Mr. Staple (Mr. Richard Masters) and Count Smorltork. Eight members
started from East Croydon, various others joining en route, and nineteen sat down to tea at Bromley, six
more joining during the course of the evening. A most harmonious meeting.
December 22nd.- Annual
Soiree Musicale at headquarters. Last gathering of the Nineteenth Century, well attended, splendid
Thirty-first Annual General Meeting.- The following officers were elected for the year:- President, Mr. Shirley
Fussell; Past Presidents, Messrs. Maverly, Beningfield, Sloughgrove, Boulter, Mann, Hollands, Yeoman and Rhodes;
Vice-Presidents, Messrs. Bryant, Robey, Jacobs and Riehmer; Captain, S.C. Rhodes; Sub-Captain, F.E. Hill; Hon.
Treasurer, K.M. Yeoman; Hon. Secretary, Edward Hill; Assistant Hon. Secretary, W.E. Blake; Committee, Messrs.
Hollands, Boulter, Kemball, Parker, S. Fortescue, and Mann. Messrs. W.E. Blake and G. Palmer were appointed
delegates to N.C.U..
February 7th.- Billiard
Match. Return at Stanley headquarters; a good attendance. We only managed to win one game of five.
March 2nd.- Club walk,
under the guidance of the Rev. Mr. Stiggins. Nine members went, and had an enjoyable
March 16th.- Opening
meeting of season. Very well attended; a large number of visitors being present who much enjoyed the musical
March 28th.- Billiard
Match at headquarters between Messrs. Jesse Hill and Percy Buckler. Mr. Struggles allowed his
opponent 100 points in 600 and won by 60. A very interesting game, and a good attendance.
April 4th to
8th.- Easter Tour in the West of England, Valley of the Wye. First day, from Cirencester to Worcester;
second, to Monmouth; third, to Newnham; fourth, back to Cirencester, returning in evening by train to London.
Twenty-five members and friends attended the tour, which was very successful, and much enjoyed by
April 19th.- First
House Supper at headquarters. Twenty-six sat down to an excellent cold collation, followed by a musical evening,
and had a capital time.
May 24th to
28th.- Whitsun Tour in Ireland, under the guidance of Serjeant Buzfuz (Mr. J.C. Percy, of
Dublin). Eight Pickwickians and five friends attended, under the captaincy of Mr. Blotton. The whole affair
was a brilliant success, and a very full account was given in the Irish Wheelman of the
June 8th.-Club run to
Odiham, returning next day. Well attended; delightful weather.
June 14th.- Second
House Supper at headquarters. Twenty members attended, and had a very jolly evening.
June 29th.- Club run to
Brighton. Eleven attended. Owing to wet weather on the Sunday, members had to return to Town by
August 10th.- Extension
run to Burnham-on-Crouch.
August 24th.- Extension
run to Bedford.
Inter-club run to Barnet with London Scottish and Dartmouth Park Clubs. Weather bad and a poor
Inter-club run to Slough with Stanley Cycling Club. On the Saturday, thirty sat down to supper, and next day the
party numbered seventy-four to dinner at the Royal Hotel. A very enjoyable week end to all.
October 19th.- Closing
meeting at headquarters. A very large attendance; music good as usual. Tom Wildspark gave an interesting
Lantern Show, the principal exponents being Jinkins (J.T. Boulter), and Mr. Lowten (W.G.
November 9th.- Club
walk under the leadership of Mr. Pickwick from Taplow to Littleworth Common. The company numbered fifteen
and had a capital time, some returning to Town next day.
November 30th.- The
thirty-second Annual Dinner, held at Frascati’s Restaurant; Count Smorltork, President, in the chair. Over
150 sat down to a capital dinner, followed by the usual excellent programme of music. The usual collection for
The Referee Children’s Dinner Fund amounted to over £39.
December 21st.- The
annual Soiree Musicale. About fifty were present, and a very jolly evening, contributed to by all Club talent, was
January 4th.- A walk
through Epping Forest under the leadership of the Rev. Mr. Stiggins. Weather very bad. Tea at Forest Hotel,
Chingford, where a very pleasant musical evening was spent.
Thirty-second Annual General Meeting.- The following officers were elected for the year:- President, Mr. Herbert C.
Hill; Vice-Presidents, Messrs. Bryant, Robey, Jacobs and Riehmer; Captain, S.C. Rhodes; Sub-Captain, Geo. Palmer;
Hon. Treasurer, K.M. Yeoman; Hon. Secretary, Edward Hill; Assistant Hon. Secretary, W.E. Blake; Committee, Messrs.
Kemball, Parker, Hollands, Boulter, S. Fortescue, L.V. Smith and H. Mann. Messrs. W.E. Blake and G. Palmer were
re-elected delegates to N.C.U..
January 20th.- Billiard
Match v Stanley Cycling Club at Eldon Street. Pickwick B.C. 3 games; Stanley C.C. 2 games.
During this month some very
interesting relics were presented to the Club by our old friend W.G. Churcher (Mr. Lowten), and may be seen
adorning the walls of the club-room.
February 17th.- At the
adjourned annual general meeting on this date, which was largely attended, it was resolved (with only two
dissentients) to abolish Associate Membership.
February 21st.- Return
Billiard Match at Stanley Cycling Club headquarters. A very pleasant evening, though our opponents had all their
own way at Billiards.
March 9th.- Opening
meeting at headquarters. A good muster, and successful evening; thanks, as usual, mainly to Mr.
March 21st.- House Supper at
headquarters. A very disappointing affair; only fifteen turned up.
March 27th to
31st, Easter Tour.- Twenty-one members started on this tour. Train from Paddington to Bath. The route on
the following days lay through Glastonbury, Taunton, Yeovil, Dorchester, Wimbourne, and Lyndhurst to Southampton,
and train back to London. The weather turned out so bad that all but eight of the party returned by train from
Dorchester on the Sunday.
April 26th.- Extension
run to Cambridge. Seven members carried out the run against a head wind. The return ride was via
May 12th.- Exhibition
Billiard Matches at headquarters, between Messrs. Jesse Hill and Evison, and Messrs. Evison and R. Osborne (Stanley
C.C.). In each match, of 300 up, Mr. Evison was the winner. This was a thoroughly enjoyable evening to all lovers
of the game, some most excellent play being witnessed. Several Stanley men accepted the Club’s invitation to see
their champion play.
May 16th to
19th.- Whitsun Tour in Ireland. Conducted by Serjeant Buzfuz (Mr. J.C. Percy, of Dublin). There
is a very full description in the Irish Wheelman of the period of this tour. The weather was bad, and the
occasion will doubtless be impressed upon memories of all those joining the tour, by the shocking catastrophe which
happened to a boat full of tourists, and the boatman accompanying them, all being drowned, on the Killarney
June 21st.- Extension
run to Shenley, Bucks. (by special desire of Count Smorltork). A good party supported the Captain and the
Count, and sat down to an excellent dinner on arrival. The return next day was via Aylesbury and
July.- There were two extension
runs this month, via., to Brighton on the 12th, and an inter-club run with the Stanley Cycling Club to
Alton; both were poorly attended, and the weather was not good.
August 9th.- There was
a “Coronation” extension run to Wokingham on this date, but it was attended by only four members. Also during this
month an additional run under the direction of Whiffen (R.F. Burge), to Dunstable, where an enjoyable time
The tenth Billiard Handicap was
finished during the month of August, the winners being: S.H. Elliott, first; S.C. Rhodes, second; Jesse Hill,
September 13th.- A
special run to Dunstable, arranged by Mr. Blotton, attended by eight members. Our hon. member, Mr. Willie
Wright, went down specially to assist in the musical entertainment.
Inter-club run with London Scottish and Dartmouth Park Clubs to the Old Salisbury at Barnet. The weather was bad,
and but few members went; an enjoyable evening was, however, spent.
October 18th.- Closing
meeting at headquarters. Seventy to eighty members and friends attended. Messrs. L.V. Smith, Thompson, Churcher,
&c., contributed to the programme.
Exhibition Billiards, at headquarters, by Messrs. Jesse Hill, Evison, and Barron. A very enjoyable evening, some
very fine billiards being witnessed.
November 22nd.- House
Supper at headquarters, arranged by Count Smorltork. A very great success, no less than fifty-two members
and friends sitting down to a well-served meal. A smoking concert followed (the Captain in the chair), whereat some
excellent talent appeared, including our old friends Sam Wright and Johnny Price.
Thirty-third Annual Dinner, the President , Mr. H.C. Hill, in the chair. About 135 attended, and everything was as
successful as usual.
December 20th.- The
Annual Soiree Musicale was poorly attended, but those who were there enjoyed the evening.
January 19th, Thirty-third Annual
General Meeting.- The following officers were elected for the year:- President, Mr. W.E. Blake; Vice-Presidents,
Messrs. Bryant, Robey, Jacobs and Riehmer; Captain, S.C. Rhodes; Sub-Captain, G. Palmer; Hon. Treasurer, K.M.
Yeoman; Hon. Secretary, Edward Hill; Assistant Hon. Secretary, in abeyance; Committee, Messrs. Boulter, Parker,
Mann, S. Fortescue, L.V. Smith, R.F. Burge and W.A. Elston. Messrs. W.E. Blake and G. Palmer were re-elected as
delegates to N.C.U..
January 26th.- Billiard Match
v Stanley Cycling Club, at headquarters. A good attendance of both
clubs. Stanley C.C. won three games, Pickwick B.C. two.
January.- The Club registered under the New
February 20th.- Return Billiard
Match v Stanley Cycling
Club, at Tollington Park. Only a few of our members went. Result: Stanley C.C. three games, Pickwick B.C. two.
Our winners were Messrs. Jesse Hill and Colonel Draffen.
February 21st.- Club walk to
Littleworth. Captain in charge; very successful.
March 14th.- Opening meeting at
headquarters. This was well attended, and a very excellent musical evening was enjoyed.
April 10th to 13th,
Easter Tour.- This year the experiment was tried of making headquarters at one place, and going thence for daily
excursions. Bakewell, Derbyshire, was the spot selected, and the programme included visits to Chatsworth House,
Haddon Hall, and other places of interest. Fifteen members attended the outing, and although some rough and
snowy weather was experienced, the following Circular describes it as an “unqualified success.”
April 12th.- Nathaniel Pipkin rode 100 miles in ten hours, against the wind, on his
June.- The winners of the First Ordinary
Handicap of the year were, A.N. Garton, first; Hayter Scrivener, second; Colonel Draffen, third. The American
Handicap was won by Count Smorltork.
July 11th.- Run to Brighton
attended by Master Bardell, Mr. Blotton and Mr.
July 25th.- Sub-Captain’s run to
Great Marlow; only four attended. A launch excursion formed part of the proceedings, but weather was
September 12th.- Run to
Dunstable, Mr. Blotton in charge. Eight attended and had a very good
September 26th.- Inter-club run
with London Scottish and Dartmouth Park Clubs to the old Salisbury, Barnet – a successful
October 10th.- Final extension
run to Ivinghoe, near Tring. Nine members supported the Captain, and enjoyed themselves much.
October 17th.- Closing meeting at
headquarters; sixty members and friends attended. The musical talent was almost entirely supplied by members of
the Club, and all went off delightfully.
November 28th.- Thirty-fourth
Annual Dinner, at Frascati’s. Mr. W.E. Blake, President, in the chair; 122 members and friends sat down. An
excellent dinner and a splendid musical programme, and everything went off most successfully.
December 19th.- The Annual Soiree
Musicale, at headquarters, not numerously attended, but very enjoyable.
January 18th.- Thirty-fourth
Annual General Meeting and Election of Officers. President, Captain T.J. Boulter (Jinkins); Captain, Stephen C. Rhodes (Mr. Pickwick); Sub-Captain, George Palmer (Mr. Snicks); Hon. Treasurer, K.M. Yeoman (Lieut. Tappleton); Hon. Secretary, Edward Hill (Mr. Smangle); Assistant Hon. Secretary, Walter E. Blake (Hon. Mr. Crushton); Committee, W.A. Elston (Villam), L.V. Smith (Tuckle), R.F.
Burge (Whiffin), J.G.McDonald (Mr. Noddy), P.J. Groom (Mr.
January 25th.- Inter-Club
Billiard Match with Stanley Cycling Club at Eldon Street. A very enjoyable evening was spent, though the home
team only won one game.
February 6th.- The first Club
walk of the season. Eleven members travelled by train from Euston to Tring, and walked thence to Ivinghoe, where
dinner was partaken of, and a very pleasant musical evening spent. On the following morning (Sunday) the party
walked to Dunstable and lunched there, returning to Town by train. The weather on Saturday was not good, but was
so on Sunday, and the outing was generally voted a success.
February 19th.- Return Billiard
Match with the Stanley Cycling Club at their headquarters. There was a good attendance of our members and the
usual Stanley hospitality was enjoyed, but the honours of billiards were all our hosts.
March 12th.- Opening of season at
headquarters. There were about sixty members and friends present and a most excellent musical programme was
provided by our friend Mr. Blotton.
March.- The twelfth Billiard Handicap
completed this month. First prize, Mr. F.J. Groom; Second, Mr. H.C. Hill; Third, Mr. S.
April 1st to 4th,
Easter Tour.- Only twelve members attended. Train was taken on Thursday evening from Waterloo to Salisbury,
where the Red Lion Hotel was made the headquarters of the party for the time. The ride on Good Friday was to
Stonehenge, lunch being taken at Amesbury. On Saturday to Ringwood, about sixteen miles through the Avon Valley;
the latter part of the day turned wet. On Sunday a walking party visited the Roman Encampment, about three miles
from Salisbury, returning to lunch at the Red Lion. On Easter Monday, some of the party rode part of the way
back to Town, while others stayed the day, and returned by train in the evening. The holiday was much enjoyed by
April 16th.- Extension run to
Hatfield Broad Oak. Six members attended.
May 13th.- Commencement of
Continental Tour by Messrs. Boulter, Fussell, Hayter Scrivener and H.A. Coombs. The riding commenced at St.
Malo, the route being round the coast of Brittany, up the river Loire, and then north to Dieppe, where the tour
ended, over a thousand miles having been ridden, the weather generally being very favourable. The Count and Ben Allen returned on
June 4th, and Jinkins and Mr. Prosee on the 7th.
May 28th.- The Sub-Captain’s Run
and Up-River Trip. Twelve members attended this very successful outing. On the 29th a launch was
chartered, and a good long day spent on the River in perfect weather.
July 8th.- Sir William T.
Charley, ex-President of the Club, died suddenly at East Grinstead.
July 9th.- Nine members accepted
the kind invitation of Mr. and Mrs. Watson Dyer to visit them at Hutton Mount, Shenfield, making the Club run to
that place, and heartily appreciated the Pickwickian welcome accorded them.
October 8th.- Inter-club meeting
at the Old Salisbury, Barnet, with the London Scottish and Dartmouth Park Clubs. An excellent attendance, and a
most entertaining evening was spent.
October 29th.- Closing meeting of
the season at headquarters. A very large attendance and an excellent programme, arranged by Mr. Blotton as usual.
November 23rd to
26th.- Pickwickian Exhibition at headquarters, organised by Mr. Walter G. Churcher. A most
interesting and successful exhibition, visited by over two hundred members and friends.
November 26th.- Thirty-fifth
Annual Dinner at Frascati’s. One hundred and fifteen members and friends sat down, under the able Presidency of
Captain T.J. Boulter. Mr. Blotton again provided a programme which
met with universal approval, and Brother Tadger, as usual,
contributed the beautiful programme covers.
December 17th.- The Annual Soiree
Musicale took place at headquarters, the attendance was not large, but a very enjoyable evening was
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