Category Archives: North Wales Group

North Wales Group is no more!

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Due to the Area Secretary stepping down and moving to England in the next few months, under Rough-Stuff Fellowship rules the North Wales Group now no longer exists, the group website will be left up running until I have time to remove it from the web and delete links to it from other websites I run!

You should also note that reference to Cheshire Group has been remove from May/June issue of the Rough-Stuff Journal due being in active over past year or so!

So if anybody interest in setting up a local RSF Area Group  in North Wales or Cheshire or any where else in the world please contact Peter the National Club Secretary on 01524-383593 for more information.

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Happy New Year!

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First I like to wish you all a Happy New Year and thank you for supporting the South Lakes, the Lancashire, the North Wales and North Peak & South Pennine Groups websites over the past year.

In 2008 the sites had 480,964 pages view(With 157,140 pages view on the South Lakes Group website, 160,954 pages view on this blog, 54,920 pages view on the Lancashire Group website, 34,030 pages view on North Peak & South Pennine Group website, 25,773 pages view on the North Wales Group website and 48,147 pages view on other subdomain parts of the South Lakes website.) and 321,259 unique visits.

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Birthday Boy, York Cycle Show, Members Area and the weekly Rant about something!

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A little bird told me that our General Secretary had celebrated his 35th birthday again  last week, it should had click that it was Peter birthday when he bought the morning tea and cakes a fortnight ago on the ride anyway congratulations from your friends at the South Lakes Group.

Anyway I will come clean after embarrassing Mr K. about his birthday, I will be 44 year old on the 23rd of next month so plenty birthday cards please! Also its important year for my parents with my Mum celebrating being 70 years old in September and Fred celebrated his 80th birthday in May plus both of them are still cycling so hope you come to the party they holding for members after committee meeting on the Saturday evening of the Autumn Meet weekend.

Yes we will be having stand at York Cycle Show and this year it will be manage by Peter Kenner(This section as be edited for reasons why click link) So if you going to show this weekend if you are please go and say hello to Peter and offer to help out behind the stand for hour or so!

One thing that was highlighted at last year’s York Cycle Show that allot of visitors to the stand would have join the RSF if there was local RSF group in the North Yorkshire Area. This is major problem for the RSF in most parts of the UK finding members willing to start area groups up if there no area groups operating where they live visitors to the stand will not join, has I said before on this blog there only few members who join just to read the Rough-Stuff Journal most join to go out with the local group.

So if you live in the York area and you are member why not go have chat with Peter about starting area group for the York Area.

Our New Membership Secretary just e-mail the updated membership list today it was disappointing to see that membership was down to 540 members from 561 members in March. Again this highlight another problem at national level the RSF is not very good at marketing itself you just have to look at the RSF national website to see why! You now know why the South Lakes, Lancashire, North Wales and North Peak & South Pennine Groups have their own web sites for! yes you correct for marketing and selling them self’s, also show visitors to each site what each group get up to on day out. Yes its major step for visitor to the site to phone or e-mail the Area Secretary and ask can he or she can come out with the group but I wish more visitors to sites would ring me or John or Brian or Stuart and ask!

You may have notice that I have now post up the Members Area on the South Lakes Group website this will be link in other three group websites to access this area you first click the sign up button(that below the log in area) on the home page of the members area which take you to the sign up page choose screen name ie this could be your own name and password once you done this the email address you specified on the Signup page will receive an email with the subject Account Activation (Forum Account) then click the link to activate account, then go back to the login area on the members area home and in the login dialog type your e-mail address and password once you done this you can access the other pages in the members area and also use the members forum.

If you not going to York Cycle Show I hope to see you on Sunday in Kirkby Stephen at the start of South Lakes Group ride we will do some tracks around the Upper Eden Valley.

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South Lakes Flickr Group, Members Area and weekly rant!

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The South Lakes Flickr Group is up and running at this link with myself and Barrie posting several photos up already! The ideal of starting flickr group for the South Lakes Group was give members of the Group opportunity to post photos up on to flickr group which offer different take of what the South Lakes Group rides are about from those seen in the photo gallaries of South Lakes Group Website. To join the Flickr group, send me or Barrie a e-mail so that we can send you e-mail inviting you to join from Flickr.

Few members having been asking me posting photo of each member of the South Lakes Group up on site with their name and phone number or e-mail address so other members can contact them. The only way of doing this is having password protected area which I set up on the South Lakes Group Website as the ‘members area’ and issue each member with user name in case of those members on the Where the Cafe? e-newletter mailing list this will be your e-mail address and for other South Lakes Group members who don’t have e-mail address for this will be your full name on the RSF membership list and password will your RSF membership number. Only members who have User Name and password for this area is myself and Barrie,  the only thing so far in the members area is photo of Nick Lay, so in coming week I will issue user name and password for each member of the group so they can view this area.

I will add members area  to other area group sites if requested to do so my Area Secretary of that Group.

I would welcome some feedback from members what they like to see in members area!

Now getting on to the weekly rant about something or nothing, I wish alot more people when e-mailing a group of friends would use the bcc setting in the e-mail address box in Outlook Express or Thunderbird or what e-mail client you use. If you use this setting it send blind copy of the e-mail to each of your friends and does not show list of e-mail address you sent it to as does in the cc: or to: settings in the e-mail address box of the e-mail client you use. If we all did this bit more often we cut down on the amount of spam we all receive each day!

Hope to see you all on the South Lakes Group ride on Sunday!

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The Weekly rant ‘2’

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I hope you all enjoy the cycling last weekend, the aim of this weekly rant which I write for the site’s new e-newsletter ‘Where the Cafe?’ and post on The members and site blog as well! Is to generate debate with fellow members of the Rough-Stuff Fellowship and visitors to South Lakes Group  of websites, you may agreed or disagreed with what I got say but do take five minutes to write comment about it or if you have good ideal lets hear about it!

The ideal for ‘Where the Cafe?’ e-newsletter came from RSF new Public Relations Officers which I through was good ideal! So if you reading this on the members and site blog why not sign up for the weekly e-newsletter and see what you missing!

Did you see the new RSF Ad in the June-July issue of Cycle on page 70 what did you think about it? Also did you see bit about the Lune Cycleways on page 25 and page 26.

In Walk the Magazine of the Ramblers’ Association on page 50 there article on wild swiming and link to this site which interest certain person who come out with the South Lakes Group.

Anyway getting back to the South Lakes Group websites, last month the sites had 45,500 pages download and 33,916 unique visits. Also the site’s  main domain name southlakesgroup.org.uk is rank at 297,742 in the UK by Alexa the web information company, these stats show that increasing number of people are visting the sites.

Regarding my comments about photos in last week’s ‘rant’ I have set up Flickr group for the South Lakes Group and afraid if you want to post anything on this group you have to be  invite to join myself or Barrie. Other Area Secretaries may like to set up a Flickr group for their area group. It gives a chance for members post up photos taken on area group rides.

Well its six months to start of the Christmas Dinner season, well I would like to know if you would like me to organize a Christmas Dinner this year for the South Lakes Group and how many members would interest in coming to it! Should this be joint affair with the Lancashire Group so let have some feedback on this!

So hope to see you all on the South Lakes Group Ride on Saturday and hoping better turn out of more than four members that we had on last Saturday South Lakes Group, the other three riders did put me to shame by riding to the start of the ride which alot more of us will be doing in the future with the price of fuel going up! Also if price continue to go up we have start looking having youth hostel and camping weekends away in next year events programme for the South Lakes Group.

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Rough-Stuff Fellowship Approved runs leaders

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The following members listed below are authorised by the committee of the Rough-Stuff Fellowship to lead rides for the following local area groups of the Rough-Stuff Fellowship:

For the Lancashire Group: Brian Parkinson, Brian Marsh, Charles (Charlie) Hall,  Don Dalton, Nick Lay, Peter Kenner, Rob Burrow, Ken Glaze, Anne Thompson, Dougie Heaven, Steve Gregson, Keith Watson and Miriam Trickett.

For the South Lakes Group: Simeon Orme, Fred Lloyd, Pat Lloyd, Peter Kenner, Cliff Brown, Bryan Lynch, Barrie Usherwood, Nick Lay, Charles (Charlie) Hall, Don Dalton, Steve Gregson.

For the Vagabonds Group: George Berwick, Margaret Berwick.

For the North Peak and South Pennines Group: John Kemp, Grayham Simpson, Malcolm Lomas (Sol), Richard Kemp, Reid Anderson.

For the Home Counties Group: Alex Flinders, Steve Griffith, Charles Harvey, Bob McHardy.

In addition to the above all Directors of the Rough-Stuff Fellowship Limited and Committee members of the Rough-Stuff Fellowship are authorised to lead rides.

You should note that ride is only official Rough-Stuff Fellowship Ride when it is listed on the Rough-Stuff Fellowship national Website or Local Area Group Website or printed in the current Rough-Stuff Journal or organized by Area Secretary or a Director of the Rough-Stuff Fellowship Limited.

To be authorize runs leader you must be member of the Rough-Stuff Fellowship Limited for over one year and must show that you can lead a ride to one of the following an Area Secretary or Director or the General Secretary of the Rough-Stuff Fellowship Limited.

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14th July Ride of North Wales Group has been cancelled

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Due to strained muscle in his lower back Stuart will be unable to lead the ride on Saturday and has decided to cancel the ride. He apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to members and he looks forward to seeing members on next North Wales Group ride on Saturday 15th September starting from Chirk railway station at 10.00am

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