HISTORY

The club's unusual name goes back to when the club was founded in 1922 . The founder members had returned from serving in the forces during the 1914 - 1918 war.
They were in Westborough Congregational Church Cycling Club. However, some of the members of the Church objected to cycling as a suitable past-time for a Sunday and our founders left to form another club.

They met at the Anchor Inn at Yalding and had difficulty deciding on an appropriate name. Someone said "San Fairy Ann" which was a soldiers phrase from the war and an anglicising of the French "Ca ne fait rien" meaning "It doesn't matter" and the name stuck.

The French and English versions are part of our Club badge. 

The 'Founding' meeting of San Fairy Ann Cycling Club was held at the 'Anchor Inn', Yalding on Wednesday 22 March 1922.  

 

Copy of the minutes of that meeting may be viewed:

HERE



SAN FAIRY ANN CYCLING CLUB BADGE

THE EARLY YEARS

The first activities were club runs on Saturday afternoons and Wednesday evenings, with the first races being club time trials in 1924. The club was one of the founder members of the Kent Cycling Association in 1928 and enjoyed considerable success in both individual and team championships. The club's current Mens Best Allrounder trophy was originally a KCA team trophy that SFA members won outright.

Between 1939 and 1945 National Service and wartime restrictions curtailed many club activities but Arthur Goodhew kept the Saturday clubruns going.

SLIGHTLY MORE RECENT HISTORY

Therese Mason kept a collection of press cuttings from the mid 1980s and you can see 6 of the pages by clicking the links. Enlarge the image to read the details.








THE HISTORY IN PHOTOS

The photographs below have been compiled by Ron Lee



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