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Rough-Stuff Fellowship membership is down

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The sad fact is that about 90% of the cycling population in the UK as never heard about RSF the off-road cycle club (Rough-Stuff Fellowship), this is be reflected in the club annual report for 2014 with 6% fall in membership, that fall of 37 members not renewing their membership for what ever reason.

The main problem for the RSF is that know one blogging or posting about them on social media about only person who I have come a cross who does this regularly is Al’s Outdoor World about his rides with the South Lakes Group. Yes they do have facebook group, flickr Group and  Strava Group which are helpful in getting the message out about RSF but the main problem is the RSF website there very little on it for club that celebrating its 60th Anniversary, yes the website as improve over the past year but there a lot time and money needs to be spent on it to get folk to  visit it regularly and join the RSF.

A classic example of where RSF website is going wrong is the ride report for the 8th March 2015 ride for South Lakes Group which you read on the RSF website at this link or on Als Outdoor World at this link, yes its the same report and photos but presented a lot better on Als Outdoor World.

The thing is cyclists like looking at photos of rides and this should be reflected on the RSF website and use find out from new members who came out on South Lakes Group rides that enjoy looking at ride photos on the South Lakes Group website before decide to come out on ride.

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Fred’s Poem

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Who will ride with me along life’s merry way

A comrade blyth and full of glee

Who dares to laugh out loud and free

And let their frolic fancy play like a happy

Child through the flower gay

That fill the fields and fringe the way

Where they ride a mile with me.

 

Who will ride a mile with me along life’s weary way.

A friend  whose heart has eyes to see

The stars shine out o’er the darkening lea.

And the quite pace at end of the day

A friend who knows and dares to say

Those  brave sweet words along the way

Where they ride a mile with me.

 

With such a comrade, such a friend,

I fain would ride to journey’s end

Through summer, sunshine and winter rain

And then, farewell, we’ll meet again.

 

The above poem was read out at Fred’s fare well service, the general feeling after the service was that it would be nice to have memorial ride later on in the year in memory of Fred, sometime around end of October where everyone got back from there holidays.

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RSF Membership

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The membership of the Rough-Stuff Fellowship now stand at 579 members with six new members joining the club over past two months, mostly from areas where there a local RSF group operating and one of the main reasons why folk join is go out with local group. From number of lapsed members in the Cheshire and Merseyside area there need for member to step forward and start organizing rides in these areas.

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Can you help Geoff?

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When Rough-Stuff Fellowship member Geoff is not out enjoy himself going out on Rough-Stuff Fellowship rides he self employ gardener around the Chorley area of Lancashire and if you like him to take over your garden maintenance for you, he can come weekly or fortnightly, he charges reasonable rates and you can call him on 07745-388558.

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