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COVID-19 - UPDATE FOR ALL MEMBERS - It is the policy of this club that all rides should be taken SOLO while social distancing and lockdown restrictions are in place.  ×
Covid-19 - UPDATE FOR ALL MEMBERS - It is the policy of this club that all rides should be taken SOLO while social distancing and lockdown restrictions are in place.


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  1. Good to have Laura out again today. Getting stronger, Roger and I will have to be careful or she'll be of up the road. Also nice to have another photographer with us as you can see she's of in front already. Pity she has to work Thursday I think i can find a cafe with large tea cakes. Nevermind I think we can manage another one between us.
  2. After the sun had broken through it turned into a warm ride to visit a new cafe at Wellsbourne. The nice garden round the back. With lots of fellow cyclists. The biggest tea cakes I've ever seen. Enjoyed by all. A view from Loxley looking back to Stratford. Roger leading the mountain jersey. Closely followed by a club member. A team car or just a passing car. Better get my finger out but no need to worry they don't know where they are. Happy days. Give the ice cream a miss this week. Another great day out. This cafe well worth a visit.
  3. Had arranged to meet up with Laura L at the Lickeys and take for a ride the first time after six years, we think. Roger B and I got there on time and headed of to gather Mick H at The Bell Belbroughton then head of to Cob House Fishery for a cafe stop. As you will see she doesn't look any older. Not like the rest of us. After tea, food and a catch up we set of for home. She tired a little towards the end but after such a long lay of the bike only struggled a little on the hills. Great to have her back out with us again. A good day's ride good company. Here's to many more.
  4. Looks like we're going to have a bean feast.
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    Laura Lane

    Good news having Laura back on the bike. Have arranged to take her out for a spin on Sunday.
  6. This is the site where I have my allotment. There are many enthusiastic plot holders and green finger growers. I'm not necessarily one of them. This is my patch the beginning of April. After all the rain did manage to get things started. Spuds in the ground and bean sticks in the ground. At long last a few things start to sprout up. Keep watering and a bit of sunshine and amassing what pops up. I;m now thinking of going vegetarian haha!!
  7. Sunday 12th Took Sam out with us for a trip to The Barn Cafe at Long Marston. We made her meet us at the top of Weatheroak Hill hopping it would slow her down. Took a long route via Stratford & Crimscote before turning right across to Quinton and Long Marston. Time to stop for refreshments. The return took us through Welford and Great Alne. As Sam was running late for getting home she left us after Great Alne to head for Studley as she knew her way from there. The three of us continued to Ullenhall where we found an old ice cream cycle parked on the corner of Watery Lane. Help yourself put your money in the honesty box. With the sun out and a hot day who could resist. Sunday 19th. July Another fine day for a bike ride but rather windy on the ride home. The three of us set of for Clives cafe at Cropthorne. On route we exchange hello's with Chris Poole near Pinvin. Going out via Pershore and round the lanes to Elmley Castle before turning to Cropthorne. The cafe was well organised with plenty of seating and lots of grub to choose from. A new competition can you spot who the socks belong to. We took the short way back Fladbury, Inkberrow and upto Tardebigge. We had the pleasure of seeing Sam & Andy going the other way at Bradley Green. .
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    Pat Keeley

    More sad news. For those of us of a certain age who remember Pat Keeley sadly he died last night after a short illness. With deepest sympathy. Chris P
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    Club run (not)

    Hi Tony thought it was you behind glasses, mask, scalf, wooly jumpers etc. Looks like all the club were out in the same area today.
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    Virus News Page6

    Thanks to David J for the history of the Worcester evening training bashes. Being one of the club younger members I think I only rode it a couple of times and that was after the Spitfire had been removed, I can only remember the Gloster Javelin at the park entrance. I think it's down to Ivor M & Ken H to recall their triumphs along the A38 with the finishing sprint towards Longbridge. I do remember riding many Worcester St John's CC events on the Callow End circuit a fairly flat route with a long fast finish up to Rhydd corner. No problems with chippings around Upton and Defford but The Council must have had a job lot to do all the lanes round Tardibegge. Regard the top. While digging through the cupboard came across this one which was in need of a little airing.
  11. With the weather forecast suggesting the rain might hold of to the afternoon set of under grey skies but warm enough for shorts. Rode straight out to Worcester thinking I might have a look at the Malverns. Arriving at Worcester found the heavens had already emptied before i got there. With the roads very wet and black clouds hanging over the hills decided to head in Upton direction. Entering Worcester I take a look at the allotments see how they compare with mine. King John's resting place. The pitch isn't flooded anymore. The roads had dried out by Callow End Common. Decided to do a loop up to Welland before going into Upton. Many Worcester CC road races finished on both of these roads. Sky looks a bit threatening looking back. Took a few pictures on the Hanley Swan, Welland road to remind Dave & Judy Jones what it looks like outside as they have been locked in for 3 months. Would have dropped in for a cuppa but seeing the sky thought it better to turn left for Upton before the rain caught me up. . A good pub to visit after riding the Malvern Mad Hatter Sportive. Good bye Hanley Swan. Hello Upton. Leaving Upton via the most boring bridge. Maybe we'll meet up at the Marina cafe again one day. Now for the return route. Views towards Breadon. Defford Tuesday takeaway stop. Studying the above Picture is that Kevin Y I spy. Looks like his stance. Looking back with Breadon to the left and Malvern to the right. Not such a bad day after all got a wet bum leaving Worcester but managed to get back home without seeing anymore rain. .
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    Group Riding

    Regard group riding since the government has allowed six people to meet and exercise together. The document below is the advice to follow given by British Cycling. All British Cycling sanctioned activity is currently suspended due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Understandably and inevitably, the ongoing global uncertainty around the pandemic has led to plenty of questions and concerns, and we have done our best below to answer and clarify some of the queries we have received from the cycling community. This page was last updated on: Wednesday 3 June 2020 What are the changes from June 1? In England, from June 1 the number of people from outside your household with whom you can meet to exercise outdoors has been increased. Groups of up to six people from different households are now permitted to exercise together, however they must still follow social distancing guidelines and keep at least two metres apart from those outside their household. Current measures in England also state that: If you are showing coronavirus symptoms, or if you or any of your household are self-isolating, you should stay at home. You may exercise outdoors as many times each day as you wish. You can sit and rest outside before, during and after your ride. You may drive to outdoor publicly accessible open spaces irrespective of distance. In line with UK Government guidance, those aged over 70 should continue to take care to minimise contact with others outside their household. While the Government guidance now permits groups of up to six to ride together, British Cycling believes that the need to maintain a two-metre distance while riding as a group of six may present practical difficulties and potential risks. For this reason, we would strongly encourage riders to continue to cycle in smaller groups at present, and only ride in a group of six if they are absolutely sure that it is safe to do so (for example, in a park). We would also like to reiterate to cyclists the need to be mindful of keeping a two-metre distance when overtaking other cyclists and from pedestrians who may be walking on pavements at the side of the road. .
  13. The Sunday club meeting and run will still not be held until further notice. Regard group riding see Club News.
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    Virus News Page 5

    Started out this morning only did a few miles in the wet so turned back for home. Nothing intereting to take pictures of. So a couple from yesterday. Decided to make an apple pie for pudding. In the oven 180 fan for 20 mins reduce temperature to 160 fan 20 mins. Proof of the pudding is in the eating. it's just got to be custard with apple pie. Looks good and tasted good. There are no limits to this mans talents.
  15. With such a warm and sunny day on Sunday decided to take the camera and remind those not riding far what the Cotswold still look like. Went out via Alcester, Welford and on through Long Marston before getting the camera out. Leaving Long Marston looking towards The Cotswod. Heading into Mickleton. Barry Lucas demise the hill up to Hidcote Gardens. Turn right at the top and head for Ebrington. Take the right hand lane by the pub. Next place Chipping Campden. The first time i've seen the High Street empty. The cafe down the alley now serves fry ups again. Now for a little climbing out of Campden. Crossing the main road from Broadway to Stow. Top of the Wolds down the lane with the lavender farm on the left. Next place Snowshill. Then the fast descent into Broadway. The only people in Brodway cyclists and motor cyclists. The return route home via bottom of Saintbury and through Honeybourne and Bidford. Finishing of up the usual lanes from Hillers, Inkberrow up to Tardebigge with the Lickeys to finish. What a Great day for a Great ride.
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    Virus News Page4

    Ivor's missing answers. The crossroads Ivor thought was Wroxall was a few miles farther on at Hasley I went straight on to Hatton. The cider pub was The Bluebell ran by John & Ann Hadley the move to run The Hampstall cider house at Astley Buff near Stourport. Haven't got that long to wait for the little grey cells to activate for John S. The pub used to be called The Rippleridge Inn. Went to Harvington Hall many years ago think it's about time for another visit. Glad someone looks at my pictures. Have somemore so will start another page.
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    Virus News Page4

    Tuesday 26/05/20 Another sunny day ahead should be a warm one. Dig out the shorts and summer top look forward to a few good hours on the bike. Take the camera and take more pictures to identify. Legs feel good would be nice by the seaside as a couple of hundred miles is now acceptable lets go. A) Blue skies not much wind about where's this seascape? B) Haven't been round here for a long time. Whats the house and where is it? C) Seems to have its own church what's it called? This looks like an interesting building. D) Nice pub. Name and place? E) Another pub. What was it originally called. Don't forget to complete the questions Ivor missed from the earlier set of pictures first.
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    Virus News Page4

    Well spotted Dave a bit of a give away leaving the sign post in the picture. Nice to see Ivor can still remember his way around. He almost got everything correct BUT. What was the name of pub selling cider? ( do you know the name of the Beacon member who ran it, went on to run another cider pub at Astley Buff on the river Severn. Can you name it.) The one he mistook was Wroxall where should it be. Looks like another good week ahead maybe take the camera out again.
  19. MY 26th Social Distanced Solo Ride. What another great day for riding bikes. As we can now go out and ride until our legs drop of I took the camera out today. Lets see who knows some local places in a 30 mile radius. Went out in an easterly to south easterly direction, for those who rarely travel that direction a map and compass may be needed to identify the places and route I took. A) didn't quite make the seaside. What's this. B) Whats this pub called and what did it sell. C) Michelle's favorite cake shop. Name should be easy. Where? Cafe is closed but still open for other sales. D) Where does this drive leed to. What's the name of the house. . Looking back down the drive.. E) Name the other property not far away. F) What the village to the right of this crossroad. G) Where could this be. G) This is a well known pub/hotel on this road called? and place. H) Dropping back into the lanes what direction might i be heading. I've past this this place going the other way and looking back. . Some nice lanes you miss if not riding over this way. I) Going straight over where am i. This is where i've come from. J) They used to make the best meat pies in the country if not the world. Where is it and what is it. K) How many miles did i cover. Passed lots of pubs pity they were all closed. For a small fee guide tours can be arranged at 2 metres of course. Lets see who has the knowledge. Should pass an hour away.
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    Virus News Page 3

    Will start a new page. Virus News Page4 Took the camera out today
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    Virus News Page 3

    i'm impressed you're managing 100/120 miles a day. 40/50 me.
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    Virus News Page 3

    Hi Ivor you'd better get your battery well charged. I saw Barry this morning near Stock Green chasing after some young lady. Or she'd just past him going very fast. He didn't even have time to give me a wave.
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    Virus News Page 3

    It's a good job you're there John. Where is everyone? Has Moira taken a wrong turn on a solo ride and got lost. Answers to my Bournville Tour, A) The Quakers meet here. B) The Rest House Bournville Green. A Silver Wedding gift for George & Elizabeth Cadbury in April 1914. C) Selly Manor. D) The Carillion Bells on top of The Junior and Infant School. E) The Birdcage Walk. F) The entrance to Cadbury canteen was on the right in this road. They made the best soup ever. G) Cadbury's sport ground. H) The Sports Pavillion on the grounds. The Bournville CC met in the bottom rooms of this building. I) Cadbury's dining rooms and terrace. J) The Yachting Pool. K) The Yacht Club. It's a good job John knows his way about and his memory hasn't gone yet. Did have an email from Alan T the pictures took him back to his youth.
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