Report – Ride to Cyclists Carol Service – Sunday 9th December

A first for everything: a card-carrying atheist enjoying riding and taking part in the (61st) Annual Carol Service of Leicestershire & Rutland CTC!

Brian, David and I met at “The Windhover” at 10.00 a.m. on a bright morning.  We’d planned a simple ride along the Brampton Valley Way.  A mountain bike along this track is slower than a road or touring bike along the lanes.  Enjoyable though, once in a while – and you can chat as you ride.

IMG_0007Brampton Valley Way – at the Kelmarsh Tunnel

By 11.20 a.m. we were at the Waterloo Farm Café and met up with Max and Pete from CTC Kettering and our very own John Cutler.  Refuelled, we took the road route through Market Harborough to Great Bowden and SS Peter & Paul’s.

IMG_0014Great Bowden church – SS Peter & Paul’s

Chicken stew for lunch in the church hall and then into church!  A welcome from the vicar (Rev James Shakespeare), seven carols, six readings (one by Max), a brilliant prayer (May God bless Sustrans!) and a nice address from the vicar.  He quoted from “Little Gidding” – so Shakespeare quotes T S Eliot (boom! boom!).  Tea and mince pies in the church hall.  Fellowship renewed, new friends made.

IMG_0025The Carol Service

A fairly slow cycle home.  John was on his Brommie – for the Brompton Valley Way (groan! groan!).  And we arrived back at The Windhover in the dark.  Great stuff!

Thanks to Peter Witting and CTC South Leicestershire who organised the service; Robert Sulley and CTC South Leicestershire bell-ringers; Rev James Shakespeare; the members who provided the refreshments; and David for his photos!

Ride to CTC Regional Carol Service at Great Bowden – Sunday 9th December

If you would like company on a ride to the Regional Carol Service at Great
Bowden on Sunday, then Brian and Ian will be meeting at the BVW / Windhover at
10.00 a.m.

We’ll be going to the Waterloo Farm Café to join Max and CTC Kettering for
elevenses, then riding to the church.

Afterwards, we’ll ride back along the BVW.

Midweek Rides in Northamptonshire – Nov/Dec 2012

As promised at the AGM, I have compiled a short list of the organised
midweek rides which I know about that are available in Northamptonshire.

Midweek Rides in Northamptonshire – Nov/Dec 2012

Date Day Event Start Elevenses Lunch Organization Contact Phone No
Nov 1 Thu Elevenses to Lunch   Geddington Geddington Thursday Club Tony Page  
Nov 6 Tue Day ride Rothwell Rockingham Gretton Kettering CTC Max Scott 01536 712507
Nov 7 Wed Lunch meet     Irchester 40+ CC Roy Presland 01933 314831
Nov 8 Thu Elevenses to Lunch   Gt Oxenden Gt Oxenden Thursday Club Mick McAteer  
Nov 13 Tue Morning ride Rothwell Hallaton   Kettering CTC Max Scott 01536 712507
Nov 14 Wed Lunch meet     Tilbrook 40+ CC Roy Presland 01933 314831
Nov 15 Thu Elevenses to Lunch   Broughton Broughton Thursday Club Shirley Hockridge  
Nov 20 Tue Morning ride Rothwell Brixworth   Kettering CTC Max Scott 01536 712507
Nov 21 Wed Lunch meet     Odell 40+ CC Roy Presland 01933 314831
Nov 22 Thu Elevenses to Lunch   Oundle Oundle Thursday Club Robert Holmes  
Nov 27 Tue Morning ride Rothwell Gt Oxenden   Kettering CTC Max Scott 01536 712507
Nov 28 Wed Lunch meet     Wollaston 40+ CC Roy Presland 01933 314831
Dec 4 Tue Day ride Rothwell Rockingham Gretton Kettering CTC Max Scott 01536 712507
Dec 5 Wed Lunch meet     Sharnbrook 40+ CC Roy Presland 01933 314831
Dec 11 Tue Morning ride Rothwell Medbourne   Kettering CTC Max Scott 01536 712507
Dec 12 Wed Lunch meet     Grendon 40+ CC Roy Presland 01933 314831
Dec 13 Thu Elevenses to Lunch   Cottingham Cottingham Thursday Club Sue Etheridge  
Dec 18 Tue Morning ride Rothwell Brixworth   Kettering CTC Max Scott 01536 712507
Dec 19 Wed Lunch meet     Yelden 40+ CC Roy Presland 01933 314831

 

Highlighted rides are ones that strike me as rideable – comfortably – from Northampton.

For further details of elevenses and lunch stops, see: