Chris Bailward’s third* epic cycle ride – 2016 miles back and forth across England in aid of Sport Relief- is nearly over. He was last seen in Exeter and now faces 100 miles across Dartmoor in bloody awful weather to reach Truro in Corwall and complete his mission.
If you have not been following, his mission has been to visit every “county town” – the old or existing administrative headquarters of the counties- in England, all 48 of them from Carlisle to Truro. This has involved criss-crossing the Penines several times, and sweeping eastwards and then westward to take in every single county.
The Map shows Chris’s route.
This is a fantastic achievement, 80-100 miles a day, totally alone, without support, and apart from a few nights staying with family and friends, enduring local B+Bs and hotels of varying quality. And all at his own expense.
All being well, Chris will arrive Back in Horsington on Thursday night, and after a day or R+R will be in the Half Moon, Horsington on Friday night from around 7pm. It would be nice if his many well-wishers and donors could join him, buy him a pint, and welcome him home.
If you have promised to donate and have forgotten, please do it now, or you can sign up in the pub on Friday.
If you love cream teas and music, this is for you.
The Pepys Ensemble, which includes Horsington’s Janet Coles on the Cello will be playing in Horsington Church on Sunday July 10th at 3 pm.
The programme will include quartets by Fiala, Mozart and Francaix.
The concert is in aid of Church funds, and you will be provided with a delicious cream tea. You are asked to donate £8.00
The other members of the ensemble are Laura manning (oboe and cor anglais), Sarah Drury (violin) and David Lyon (viola), all professional musicians of some repute.
Janet Coles teaches music at several local schools and also plays in several orchestras. Those who enjoy the annual carol singing at the pub, where she plays the piano, will have a chance to see her in a much more serious and professional role.
The Pepys Ensemble will be playing a different repertoire on Sunday 24 th July at 6 pm in the delightful tiny church at Stock Gaylard. Tickets for this concert, in aid of Homestart, from Mrs Langmead 01963 23511
Ted Banks reports. . .
There was an absolutely fantastic turn out at the Half Moon on Saturday night (over 200 bodies)and friends old and new that “THE RATTLERS” had not seen for years…AND the Half Moon has not been that packed out since we last played there !!! Anyway Mr Editor, I had the idea( as it was a free gig) to go round the audience and do a bucket collection of people’s loose change for The Horsington Pond renovation ! We collected the princely sum of £82:85 .Could you please notify who is ever in charge, that that sum is awaiting to be collected from the 1/2 moon, towards that cause .Many thanks.
Well done, and thanks to everyone. CHARLES, go and collect!
If anyone took any photos, email them to editor@Idnet.com
We have lost touch with Chris Bailward, but readers of his excellent blog will know that he was last heard of in High Peak on Thursday night, 9 June, and tonight, if all goes according to plan he will be somewhere near Bangor on Dee, a few miles south of where he was 5 days ago, but having traversed the Pennines twice during the intervening days.
Chris has covered around 600 out of his 2016 miles, so he still has a long way to go. On Saturday he turns south, then east, heading towards Uttoxter and Oakham on his epic journey in aid of Sport Relief.
If you haven’t already done so, please donate. If you have, thanks.
Thanks to Penny Nagle, who contacted us, we have news of the Fete-or at least a small part of it.
Penny is running a “Vintage and Egg” sale this Saturday at the Fete. 100% of proceeds will go to the school. Two parts of this:
(1) Please bring in for Friday : –
– anything good and second hand that you think will sell (this includes books, clothes, earthenware, furniture)
– any eggs (there is a nice side line in eggs for sale she feels)
– any other produce that you think will sell – Penny has 10 x bags of home grown, organic mixed salad leaves (mizuna, rocket, pak choi, mibuna). So anything else that is ready and good to go – rhubarb, honey, small bale hay bales. If it’s perishable find Penny on the day.
2) Silent Auction for 2 x Cinema Tickets to see David Suchet in the award winning “Importance of Being Earnest” on Wednesday 29th June at 19.00. The auction will be running on Saturday afternoon and the winner will be announced at 5pm by text. All proceeds of course to the school.
So there you are – these two, plus the pond presentation are reason enough to go. But we are sure there is plenty more going on.
But don’t ell the editor! He’s going on holiday. Ed