Nick’s Bike Ride – Day 9 – Bridgnorth in the pouring rain!

July 13, 2010

Ironbridge

Nick Keeley writes:

Tuesday, Whitchurch to Bridgnorth, 40 miles. Felt a bit washed out overnight, but that might have been the result of the good living in Liverpool..!

I set off early and the cycling was reasonably easy for the first half of the ride. The first serious hills before Ironbridge turned out to be not as bad as I had expected.

Tea and a bacon sandwich for lunch in Ironbridge went down very well. Although I only had 8 miles to go I knew the hardest part was to come.

After a long drag up out of Ironbridge the heavy, driving rain started, and didn’t stop. Then there was a series of hills until I was within a mile of Bridgnorth.

I found a bistro/restaurant called Bassa Villa, and was shown to a lovely big room with views over the Severn. It should be big enough for me to dry all my wet clothes.

I was very pleased to hear that the online donations are up to £985, which with the cheques Colin and I have totalling £487, makes a total so far of £1472. Thanks to all sponsors.

The green line on the map below shows how far Nick still has to go. To speed him on his way and help him reach his target of £2000 (he is so close!) please sponsor online at:

www.charitygiving.co.uk/nickkeeley

Alternatively, you can send a cheque to Colin Gray, 14 Kenilworth Road, Fleet, GU51 3DA, payable to Fleet Pond Society. Your cheque will not be cashed until after the ride has been completed.

Nick's Route Day 9

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Nick’s Bike Ride – Day 8 – Birkenhead to Whitchurch

July 12, 2010

Nick's Route Day 8

Nick Keeley writes:  

Monday, and many thanks to Angela and Ralph, Francine and Brian, and Christine and Ian for saving me from four nights in hotels. I enjoyed the good food after mediocre to horrible hotel food.  

I left Birkenhead in cooler, damper weather and had an easy ride into Chester, where I stopped for a picnic in the park.  

I faced some horrible hills towards the end of the ride, which wore me out. I then had problems finding a hotel, but eventually reached the Dodington Lodge Hotel in Whitchurch, after riding 45 miles.  

Bath, sleep, then pub meal and an early night.  

Please support Nick as he starts the journey back to Fleet, and help him to reach his target of £2000 by sponsoring him online at:  

www.charitygiving.co.uk/nickkeeley  

Alternatively, you can send a cheque to Colin Gray, 14 Kenilworth Road, Fleet, GU51 3DA, payable to Fleet Pond Society together with your address and email address. Your cheque will not be cashed until after the ride and will be returned if the ride is not completed. Your email address will enable Nick to let you know how the ride goes.


Nick’s Bike Ride – Day 7 – the journey home

July 11, 2010

Ferry Across the Mersey

Nick Keeley writes:

Just 24 miles over Saturday and Sunday, making a total so far of 256 miles. I spent the weekend visiting family and today came back across the Mersey on the ferry again. I’m staying with Margaret’s sister-in-law tonight, and getting ready for a 41 mile ride tomorrow, which will take me to Whitchurch.

There’s no rain at the moment, but it is quite windy. Hopefully it will be blowing in the right direction tomorrow.

Please support Nick as he starts the journey back to Fleet, by sponsoring him online at:

www.charitygiving.co.uk/nickkeeley

Alternatively, you can send a cheque to Colin Gray, 14 Kenilworth Road, Fleet, GU51 3DA, payable to Fleet Pond Society together with your address and email address. Your cheque will not be cashed until after the ride and will be returned if the ride is not completed. Your email address will enable Nick to let you know how the ride goes.

Nick's Route Day 7


Fleet Pond Friars Fantastic First Prize Feat!!!

July 11, 2010

The Friars Celebrate!

The Fleet Pond Friars triumphed in Class 2 taking First Prize for their float (tractor) decorated with flora, fishes and frogs!

First Prize Certificate

In sweltering heat the Friars made their way along the High Street, dishing out sweets from their fishing nets, accompanied by the mellow sound of Bing Crosby singing Gone Fishin’!

The Winning Team!

The winning team of Neil, Cathy, Mandy, Colin, Geoff, Jim, Ryan and the evil genius behind it all…Terry!

Photo credits: Michelle Salter


Nick Arrives in Liverpool!

July 9, 2010

Nick’s Route Day 6

The map shows in purple how far Nick has travelled, the red line is the distance covered today and the green line shows the route still to go! 

Nick Keeley writes: 

After a pleasant stay with my sister in Tarvin, I enjoyed a relaxed, later start cycling through quiet lanes in the sunshine. After that I had about 16 miles of riding through a built-up area, which was not so much fun. 

I took the ferry across the Mersey to Liverpool and then cycled alongside the river, eventually reaching my brother’s house. 

I was pleased to find out about a group donation from some residents of Chestnut Grove for £100. Thanks to them. 

As I’ll be visiting family tomorrow, the next blog will be on Sunday. 

Nick 

Nick still has to face the journey home and any new donations give power to his pedals!!! 

To donate online: www.charitygiving.co.uk/nickkeeley 

PS – While Nick enjoys a well deserved rest, other members of the Fleet Pond Society’s committee will be taking part in the procession tomorrow at the Fleet Carnival. Look out for those Fleet Pond Friars!!!


Nick’s Bike Ride – Day 5 – Stone to Tarvin

July 8, 2010

Nick's Route Day 5

Nick Keeley writes:

I started out from Stone in drizzly weather and with a hard slog uphill but the downhill was absolutely wonderful! A problem I had was that I had to keep leaving the main road to avoid the traffic and so had to go up hills again and it was like this for 2 hours!

The weather gradually improved and the countryside became more gentle and I then spent some time in Nantwich. I was on the point of ordering a healthy ham salad when I saw someone having a cream tea and changed my mind. This was lucky as I had the best scones I have ever had since my mum made them when I was small. In case you’re interested, this was at The Inglenook Tea Shoppe, opposite the museum!

After climbing the hill out of Nantwich my gear cable snapped so I had to do the last 15 miles in top gear which was hard on my hernia!!!

I arrived at my sister’s at 15.00 after riding for 41 miles (200 miles in total up to now). After tea, my brother-in-law drove me to a bike shop and I’ve now fitted a new cable.

Looking forward this evening to some company (after two evenings in deserted restaurants).

I’m really pleased that the total sponsorship for my ride has now topped £1,000 – many thanks for all the donations and support!

To donate online: www.charitygiving.co.uk/nickkeeley


Volunteer Event 13 June – Another Bank Hold Up!

July 8, 2010

Colin Gray (right) Giving Thanks To The Scouts For All Their Good Work

On 13 June, the last regular Sunday volunteer event took place before the summer break. The next set of volunteer activities starts again this September (details will be posted nearer the time).

On this occasion, FPS regulars were joined by the 22nd Odiham (Fleet) Scouts accompanied by two leaders (including Ray Oldham). Many thanks for their enthusiasm, humour and good work!

The task was a development of the previous volunteer task, described here.

Here are some photos from the day:

Making A Post

Weaving Willow Through The Posts

A Boy’s Work Is Never Done – Who’s The Clever One Here?