Mid Shires Way ride – Sunday 30th September

PhilL is leading this ride and writes:

Start time: 9.30 a.m.
Meeting point: Brampton Valley Way, Welford Crossing, NN6 8AA
Distance: 35 miles
Refreshment stop: Salcey Forest
Pace: Moderate

This is a shortish, off-road, moderate club ride which follows or shadows the Midshires Way, some of which is on roughish bridleway tracks and some on good road surfaces so an off-road bike is required. The route links Nobottle, Flore, Gayton and Ashton to Salcey Forest for coffee at the 25 mile mark.

Then, the return journey of just 10 miles follows the National Cycle Route 6 back through Quinton, Great Houghton and Northampton to BVW.

We look forward to welcoming all riders, and especially any new riders who may wish to join the ride.  For any further questions, please feel free to contact PhilL on 07867388592.


Ride report – Sunday 16th September

Milton led this ride and writes:

A fine September day (told you!) saw six cyclists at Moulton ready to face all that Leicestershire had to throw at us.

We made it to Wistow and the garden centre there in time to join the hordes waiting for lunch. It took a while, but we were all served in reasonable enough time except for Giles who opted to avoid the queue and buy a pastry at the shop instead … and a beer! Nicely managed Giles.

It had been 32 hilly miles to Wistow through Guilsborough and Naseby and Marston Trussel and it would be about 28 hilly miles back via Fleckney and Clipston and Cottesbrooke but they were attractive miles for all that through rural south Leicestershire and equally rural north Northamptonshire.

There would have been more riders had there not been a break out of various malaises as the weekend approached. There was a ‘sciatica,’ a ‘bad back,’ a ‘family do’ and other nonsense. Two people were even ‘abroad’ whatever that might mean! Such weak excuses, but then the youth of today is not what it was!

Ride to Wistow – Sunday 16th September

Milton will be leading this ride and writes:
Date              Sunday, 16th September 2018
Time.             9.30 AM
Depart           Moulton Co-op, Stocks Hill, Moulton, NN3 7TB
Distance        60 Miles
Arrival est.      3-4 PM
As always the forecast is for warm, dry and wind free weather, (I’m shocked you feel the need to look that up) for our 60 mile trip to the garden centre at Wistow in Leicestershire where coffee and cake and much more substantial fare await the hungry cyclist.

It’s a reasonably challenging route with the odd sharp climb and sharper descent but it only totals out at around 3,200 ft. of climb – so within range. It’s a pretty rural route, but, as always, the price for that is the odd section on busy roads.

From Moulton we head to Pitsford and then, on one of those busy sections, up to Brixworth from where we set off to Spratton, Teeton, Guilsborough and Cold Ashby before heading east to Naseby and then north to Sibbertoft.

Then it’s Theddingworth, Laughton, Smeeton Westerby, (you can hear we’re in Leicestershire now) and Kibworth Beauchamp before arriving at the Garden Centre. There’s quite a range of shops as well as the Garden Centre so if you fancy, say, a new wardrobe, it might be advisable to bring a trailer.

Fully loaded up now we hit the slightly shorter route home – Fleckney, Saddington, Gumley, Lubenham, Marston Trussel and Clipston flash by before we reach the more familiar surroundings of Naseby, Cottesbrooke and Brixworth and then Holcot and the last stretch to Moulton.

A lovely Autumnal rural ride awaits and I look forward to your company.

I shall be navigating by means of the new-fangled Garmin thingumybob and heartily recommend that you download the file from our “Rides Calendar” for your own peace of mind – and indeed mine!

Ride report – Sunday 2nd September

PhilJ led this ride and writes:

Meteorological Autumn it may be but conditions out there today were as good as any ride in the Summer. A blast to Banbury was on the cards and eight riders turned out including my neighbour and new rider Ian. Both Pete and Milton were on standby with Garmins in case of my memory loss.

Banbury lane always provides an early test for the heart with its undulating nature and none more so than for PhilL who battled through the hardest part of the outward journey with great gusto.

A minor diversion after Cold Higham soon had us looking at the sixteen miles marker to our destination. We ticked off the villages along the way in quick succession. Moreton Pinkney a particular pleasure with the newly laid tarmac assisting the climb.

Around Sulgrave we passed the seven mile marker to Banbury only to be presented with an eight mile one shortly after! A six mile marker was on the opposite side of the road too. Country miles obviously. Whatever the mileage we were soon at the end of Banbury lane in Thorpe Mandeville.

We entered Chacombe using an alternative route and were soon off road through the Gateway retail park.
Pete had found another alternative here which gave us safer cycling towards the town centre. It did leave us with a bit of an uphill start on a busy roundabout but we escaped without incident.

We soon arrived at the Hillier Garden Centre and basked in the glorious sunshine on the outdoor seating for a while.
The ride out was largely on cycle paths up the Southam road until Little and Great Bourton took us away from the madding crowds. Bliss.

Some way on Adstone provided the hardest climb of the day before we levelled off and headed for Foxley.

Back at Cold Higham and the A5 a different route home. Heading to Eastcote came disaster. PhilL was a victim of hedge cutting with a couple of thorns adorning his inner tube. The rest of the ride passed without incident and we all made our separate ways home.

Thanks to all for turning out.

Hope you all enjoyed the ride.




The Northampton Cycle Parade of 1895.

The fifth annual cyclist’s parade in aid of the Northampton General Infirmary took place on Monday evening. The weather, unlike that of last year, was very favourable, and as a result more people witnessed the parade than any previous year, and more money was collected.

The hard working committee who, fortunate in having the services of an enthusiastic hon. Sec. in Mr. Sam C. Douglas, had spared no work to make the affair a success, and that they succeeded the result proves. The chief attraction of the parade was the comic and character get-ups. These were exceptionally good, and reflected the highest credit upon those responsible. It was an excellent move on the part of the committee to write to Mr. H. Labouchere for a prize for the best get-up, for, generous as that gentleman is known to be where the object is a deserving one, few of them expected such a handsome silver cup as that sent down by the then senior member. It had the result of attracting an entry of seventy, the majority of whom not only competed, but displayed not a little originality and cleverness, and the only regret was that there were not more prizes. Several who were passed over thoroughly deserved recognition. In some cases a lot of money had been spent in the get-ups; which, as above mentioned, were all round remarkably good.

Cyclists began to arrive on the Market square – the place of starting – soon after past six by which time the roped off space was surrounded by a large crowd. Until 7.30 the cyclists continued to arrive, and the number of spectators increased, until there were over 500 of the first named, and several thousands of onlookers. In addition to the prizes for the best get-up, prizes were also given for the best florally decorated machine, and the neatest equipped rider. Whilst these were being judged the Northampton Temperance Silver band played selections. The judges were the Mayor and Mayoress, Mr. A. Cockerill, Mr. Aarron Philips, and Mr G. E. Sindall. They had a difficult task before them, and if they did not give general satisfaction they did their best.
In giving first prize to Mr H. O. Andrews, who represented dear old Santa Claus, and his little guest, they no doubt were in thorough sympathy with all able to judge. The make up of Father Christmas was remarkably good, every detail being carefully attended to. Then his little guest was a pretty little curly-headed mite of about three winters, dressed with great skill.
The second prize, a clock, was given to Mr. H. F. Swann, who as a Hospital nurse was an excellent representation.
The third prize, a walking stick, was won by Mr. Pratt, who as a Cobbler was strikingly characteristic.
The fourth prize (given by Mr. H. Kinnersley) was awarded to Mr. James, whose representation of a penny wooden doll came in for general commendation.

Behind these there were many excellent characters, and special prizes were given by Mr. A. Cockerill to Mr. Ben Romain, who got up splendidly as The Nun; Mr. Sindall gave a special prize to Mr. J. T. Field, whose representation of an Indian Chief was in the opinion of many deserving of higher mention. Then there was ‘Northampton’, a get-up by Mr. Howard which did him infinite credit, and drew forth a special prize from Mrs Becke. Mrs Becke also gave a special to Mr Geo, Perkins for his Our Back garden. A special was also given to Mr. Barwell, who, as the Birdcatcher, was deserving of it.

In addition to the above the following were also favourably commented upon:- English Sports (Mr. A. Dunham), Going to Market (Mr. W. Ellis), Little Lord Fauutleroy (the Master Grose), Mephistopheles (Mr F. C. Robinson), the Village Blacksmith (Mr. J. Dilley), Robinson Crusoe and his man Friday (Messrs. Langley and Perkins), the old farmer and son (Mr D. Deacon), Salvation Army girl (Mr. W Watson), detachable and adjustable cycle stretcher carrier (Messrs. Gardner and Ward), Labourer (Mr. F. Bazeley), Ching Chang (Mr. McKewan), Frank Read’s flying ship(Mr. G. Esau), an organ grinder (Mr.G. White), Hamlet (Mr F. J. Bassford), Court Juggler(Mr. W. H. Cautrell) Irishman and woman (Messrs. Holmes and Burman), Mrs. Penn (Mr.J.Billingham), Horse Guard (Mr. H. Barber), etc.

Mr. T. Ridgeeway was the first (barometer presented by Sir Philip Manfield) for the best florally decorated machine; Miss Lowe was second and obtained Mr. L. J. Sharman’s prize of a set of carvers; Miss Rose Gadsby was third, and had a biscuit jar; whilst Miss Katie Grose (as poppy) was given a special prize by the Mayoress. These machines looked very pretty, as did the lady riders.

The competition for the neatest equipped cyclist was not very keen. Mr H. Bosworth won the Gladstone bag given by Mr. A. Drucker; Mr. E. J. Facer was second (Umbrella, by Mr. A. Philips), and Mr. A. Robinson was third (brief bag).
The silver-plated bugle for the out of town club parading the most members was won by the Kettering Working-Men’s, who mustered no less than 54. Amongst those who witnessed the judging were:- Mr H. Labouchere, Mrs Labouchere, Miss Labouchere, Mr. A. Drucker, Mr. C. C. and Mrs Becke, Ald.H.E.Randall, Mr.S.S.Campion, Rev,W.B.Sleight, and Mr Pigott, C.B., Chief Constable of Norfolk.

It was nearly eight o’clock when Mr S.Brown, of Coventry (who visited the town at the invitation of Mr. A. Richardson Newland), led off on the Humber Eiffel machine, which is fifteen feet high, and which he rode throughout the parade without once dismounting – a performance requiring not a little nerve.

The route taken, which was lined throughout with on-lookers, was Wood-hill, Georg-row, the Drapery, Sheep-street, Barrack-road, Louise-road, Military-road, Claire-street, Hunter-street, Colwyn-road, Derby-road, Whitworth-road, Wellingborough-road, Palmerston-road, Billing-road, St.Giles-street, George-row, Gold-street, Marefair, Black Lion-hill, St.James-road, to Franklins Gardens.

There were 525 machines in the procession, and various clubs represented included the following:- Northampton Rovers, Northampton and Country A.A.C., Military, Trade, God Templars, St.James, Stanley, All Saints’, Working-Men’s Club, Whitworth road Conservative C.C.C., Kettering Working-Men’s Club, Wellingborough, Earl’s Barton, Wollaston, Kettering A.C., Daventry, Rugby, Banbury, Ambulance Cycling Sections.
The arrangements on the square were carried out by sub-marshalls under the direction of the Chief Constable (Mr.F.H.Mardlin), who also arranged for the placing of constables in various parts of the route: and it is most satisfactory to state that the whole was carried out without mishap. The collectors numbered something like 140, and it is satisfactory to state that upwards of £60 was taken-a most gratifying result.

On arriving at Franklin’s Gardens the distribution of prizes took place in the large hall, which was packed. The Mayor, who wore his chain of office, spoke of the great success of the parade, and the pleasure it gave the Mayoress and himself to take what part they had that evening. The Mayor, who wore his chain of office, spoke of the great success of the parade, and the pleasure it gave the Mayoress and himself to take what part they had that evening. The Mayoress then distributed the prizes, each of the recipients coming in for great cheering.

At the close of proposition of Mr.J.Porteous, hearty cheers were given to the Mayor and Mayoress, whose reply determined the proceedings. Along the line of the route the Trade and St.Paul’s Bands played selections. Mr.S.Frisby and Mr.W.G.Ward kindly supplied brakes for their use. It should be mentioned that several members of the Templars’ Club represented Knight Templars.