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.
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.
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.
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!