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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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Lancashire Group website and other news

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As I reported last week on the What’s Page of this website I’ve was instructed by e-mail by the secretary of the Lancashire Group Brian Parkinson to remove the Lancashire Group content from this website which I have just about done, you can find information about the group in the local groups section of the Rough-Stuff Fellowship website. I will continue post information about Lancashire Group events and other RSF local groups events on this site’s Diary of Rough-Stuff Fellowship local group events in the UK and in the weekly e-newsletter which I send out each Thursday evening. The only comment I am going to say about the Lancashire Group move to the RSF website is that its not ideal format for a local group of the RSF that organizes 11 events each month through out the year, I think they would better serve with a website of there own which would cost around £100 a year to run depending which hosting company they when with and leave it at that!

With the departure of the Lancashire Group from this website, I going to spend the next few months reorganizing the site moving content about the Rough-Stuff Fellowship from the Easter Meet Section, the Autumn Meet Section and About the RSF Section of this website into larger Diary of Rough-Stuff Fellowship local group events section on the website, this would tidy up the coverage which this website give to the Rough-Stuff Fellowship.

Also going to rewrite the Where’s Brew Stop? Home page to reflect what the whole website is about, the main focus of the site will be on the photography, on what local RSF local groups are doing like the South Lakes Group and the Northern Peak & South Pennine Group, on cyclist’s cafes, on off-road cycling routes and improving the useful information section.

Other News 

I would take this opportunity to thank Rachel and Matt of the celebrating cycling team at Lancaster City Council for all their hard work over past few years improving cycling in North Lancashire as they will leaving the cycling team at the Council at end of the month due to end of the celebrating cycling project, the celebrating cycling website will remain live after end of the project.

I was sad hear that RSF member Matt Hodges as resign as chairman of Lancaster and South Lakes CTC users group this week, we may see him on a few South Lakes Group ride in the future.

It also look like the RSF will have Public Relations Officer as Peter Stray as volunteer to do the job after the position  had been vacant for the past few years.

If you thinking about donating to charity in the next few months Sustrans are looking more funds due to closure of Cycling England at end of month which allocated a large amount of their funding, you can find more information about there appeal at this link.

If you not sign the Woodland Trust’s on-line petition to protect the UK’s ancient woodland, you find more information about the petition at this link.

If you in doing these sort of events There a Coronary Coaster C2C ride 2011 using the Reivers Route on the 16th & 17th of July from Whitehaven to Tynemouth in 2 days, via the beautiful forests of Whinlatter & Kielder and staying halfway at the lovely Old bailey Mill Hotel. The Entry fee is £60 which goes to four charities (Coronary Care Unit at Lancaster Infirmary, Unique Kids and Co, The Steve Prescott Foundation and the 2012 Paralympics) Accommodation: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast £40 or Camping, Dinner and Breakfast £20. There 40 places available and transport and some refreshments are included more information about the event from Ian Mercer at i.mercer[at]lancaster.ac.uk

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A Christmas Thank You!

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Once again we reached that time of year when it is customary to look back upon theprevious twelve months, and to remember all the experiences of being a member of the fellowship. Our local group rides, national events and events we have shared with our neighbouring groups, but for me, the aspect which is really special is the fellowship given and help received from all active members of the Lancashire Group.

I send a special thanks to all who have planned and led rides for us this year, including Dug Heaven, Ken Glaze, Anne Thompson and Charlie Hall. I would also like to thank John Brewer, Norman Hodghton and Simeon for their continuing support of our group and the RSF in general.

I wish you all a happy Christmas and a prosperous, safe New Year!

Brian

The Secretary of the Lancashire Group

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Lancashire Group Christmas Lunch Menu

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The Lancashire Group Christmas Lunch is at 12.30pm at the Rivington Village Green Tea Room on Wednesday 1st December 2010.

There short morning ride starting from Rivington Great House Barn see the ‘Diary of Rough-Stuff Fellowship Local Group Events’ at this link for more information about the ride.

Mulled wine on arrival.

Starters – Melon and ‘saucy’ prawn cocktail or Soup, with roll and butter or Blackpudding tower with peppercorn sauce.

Main –  Traditional Christmas turkey lunch or Poached Scottish salmon fillet with a cream and dill sauce or Vegetarian choice (fresh daily). All served with locally produced vegetables.

Sweet – A trio of Christmas pudding, triffle and mince pie.

Tea and coffee available throughout (inc)

The  cost is £12-50 per person, you may pay Brian the Lancashire Group Secretary (01254-772983)  in advance, or on the day but he needs to know your choices at least a week before the lunch.

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Next week’s Lancashire Group Five Day Tour is fully booked

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Brian the Secretary of Lancashire Group inform me that next week’s five day ride fully booked, riders are still welcome join the group for a day’s ride or part of day’s ride but you will need to contact Brian before  Monday 25th October on 01254-772983 to sort out meeting point to join that day’s ride.

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September’s West Pennine Moor Meander Ride

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In September we sampled the West Pennine Moor Meander for the first time, opting for the moderate option of twenty miles. Brian, having cycled alone from home across Darwen Moor, met us at Tockhokes with the ‘devastating’ news that Vaughan had’t opened his cafe because water couldn’t be pumped up from the mass of reservoirs below. However our spirts were soon lifted after a pleasant descent through woods and an easy stretch of disused railway line, now a nature reserve, for elevenses at Brinscall’s Cottage Tea Rooms. Riding alongside the Goyt to pass the picturesque cricket ground at White Coppice we became four as Jim joined us en route. Shortly before Rivington we gained another rider – John Rudd, Horwich’s finest bike builder out looking for his first ride with the RSF. Ken and Eddie were awaiting us on arrival for lunch at the Village Green Tea Room. A pleasant lunch was had by all with thespian and pianst in attendance. Jim peeled off with Ken and Eddie after lunch. Predictably on our return only Brian managed the short steep ascent from Lead Mines Clough to Jepson’s Gate without  dismounting. Stopping again at Brinscall, John tucked into an enormus piece of carrot cake, apparently essential sustenance for ride to Horwich solo. Back at Tockholes, Vaughan was open but no hot water so ice creams had to suffice. Time to bid farewell to Brian as he returned home. An excellent ride in good weather, enjoyed by all. Thanks Brian.

Dag Griffiths and Dennis Cookson.

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Today’s Lancashire Group Ride.

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The weather forecast today predicted heavy showers, however we were quite lucky, most of them by-passed us, althrough we could see them passing in the distance. We started by riding up to Monubent Head and then took the bridleway of the same name down to Forest Becks, I had never before seen this track so dry. Then it was back onto the tarmac for the next leg to Long Preston and the track over Hunter Bark to Settle. Our group was quite large today, so we split up to use several of the many cafes in the town, the one I chose wanted £6.40 for a cheese sandwich. I declined and went elsewhere.

Leaving Settle we crossed the A65, towards Craven Ridge and the track beside Scoutber Crag. Just as we began the climb I mentioned to Ken Glaze that when I originally asked for permisson to use this private road from the farmer, it transpired that Ken had been at the school with his wife, who hailed from Hilldale. So, as we passed the farm I re-introduced them, small World!

We then climbed Hensley Hill to Tosside, and took afternoon tea at the Whelpstone Cafe. Unfortunately we caught a hefty shower on the four mile descent back to Bolton-by-Bowland, but Idon’t think this detracted too much from today’s thirty mile ride. Another good day of fellowship, with the Fellowship. Thank you all for your excellent company.

Brian Parkinson

You can checkout the rest of the ride photos at this link.

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Lancashire Group’s Mid Week September stay at Slaidburn Youth Hostel

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Further options for the Lancashire Group on the 9th September, from Slaidburn to the Gisburn Forest and Tosside. There will be opportunity to stay at Kings House Hostel (YHA), at Slaidburn on Wednesday the 8th and Thursday the 9th September for those wanting to ride to, and from the event. We intend to meet at the Fairfield Tea Room at Osbaldeston, on the A59 (Longsight Road), for lunch at noon on Wednesday the 8th of September, but feel free to ride to the hostel independently if you so wish. Please contact Brian on 01254-772983 if you would like him to book your accommodation or  want more details.

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This week’s Lancashire Group Friendly Family Ride

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This week, on Saturday the 31st of July, we will meet at Rivington Great House Barn at 10-00am for a cuppa. The ride will start at 10-30am, first to Liverpool Castle (in Lever Park!) then into the terraced gardens and the Village Green Tea Room for lunch. We should be back at the barn by 1-00pm following this easy 6 mile, 95% off-road ride. Please ring Brian on 01254 772983 if you would like more information.

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Yesterday Lancashire Group Ride

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 From the photos that Brian e-mail to me of yesterday Lancashire  Group ride around Rivington its looks like you all had good ride, you can see the rest ride photos at this link.

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