Noting that a number of Stourbug members are known to call into a local hostelry to sample the local ale, Kieron tempted the taste buds of the club’s imbibers by organising a ride that passed a few pubs – 34 of them!!
The “Guided Tour of North Worcestershire’s Historic Pubs by Bicycle” combined a gentle ride that added a distinctive flavour to some familiar villages amid Stourbug territory. The ride leader doubled as tour guide in what was a history tour on wheels. Riders stopped at many current taverns and ‘lost’ inns whilst he provided a potted history of the building and some of the events that took place in and around the pubs, which often involved crime, intrigue or murder!
In order to keep the grey matter of all sixteen riders from getting addled by beer, Kieron also operated an en-route pub quiz so, whilst the bike wheels went around, the cogs in cyclist’s brains were also undergoing a few revolutions.
In the best Michael Fish tradition, the weather turned out to be a ‘little’ different to the forecast. Consequently, during the downpours riders sought refuge in a local tavern to enjoy a different pouring action!
The tour-de-pub was something a bit different and a fun way to spend a Saturday, combining learning, cycling and socialising.
In celebration of Black Country week, Social Secretary and bostin’ ride leader Andy Glazzard took a huge group of 22 blokes and wenches on a bike ride taking in sights including Lye, Quarry Bonk, the Old Chain Shap in Mushroom Green, the Saltwells – Netherton Rezza, the Bumble hole, the Buffrey, Netherton’s Ma Pardoes, Dudlay, Gornal - Snetterland, the Fens, then Wordsley cone then hum.
Dave Nicholls dressing the part for the bostin’ Black Country ride.
Stourbug would like to thank The Old Swan at Netherton (aka Ma Pardoes)who supplied a superb lunch.
The ride was such a success that next year’s tour is already being discussed!
Saturday 22nd March saw Stourbug take to the road this weekend heading out for a 2000 miles in a day Sports Relief challenge. With 6 different paced rides and distances and 73 keen riders, it was a day for smashing targets. The Hub at Mary Steven’s Park saw riders coming and going through out the day to not only speed past the 2000 miles with a total of 2653 miles ridden, the initial fundraising target of £300 was completely obliterated with a total of £1425 raised (so far) including £170 raised by selling cakes and another £115 raised with donations on the day!!
Thanks must go to the Mayor and Mayoress of Dudley for starting the rides in Mary Steven’s Park.
Photos courtesy of Stephen Bennett.
For more photos of the Stourbug Sports Relief challenge please click here
‘In Support of Sport Relief, an initiative of Comic Relief
, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland)’
At Stourbug we like to do our bit for charity and we also like a challenge. So we thought, why not combine the two and support a great cause in the name of Sport Relief.
Sports Relief is biennial charity from Comic Relief in association with BBC Sport, it brings together the worlds of sport and entertainment to raise money to help the U.K’s most vulnerable and those living in the world’s poorest countries. At the heart of Sports Relief is the Sports Relief Mile, where participants aim to cycle, swim, run/walk a mile for the charity. Although, if you feel the need to do more miles there are plenty of organised events around the country.
Like many other Stourbug decided to organise their own challenge, so on Saturday 22nd March 2014 as many Stourbug members as possible will be riding 2000 miles in a day. That’s the distance from Land’s End to John O’ Groats and back!!
Please help us raise lots of money by visiting the Stourbug Sports Relief Giving Page
and follow the easy steps to sponsor us.
Santa Claus definitely came to town, well Stourbridge, on Saturday 7th December and he brought along his Elves for the ride all in aid of Samaritans for Stourbug’s second Santa ride Spectacular.
Over 50 members all dressed up in their Santa, Elves and Reindeer suits and Zillah Oakley delivering presents in her pedal car, it really was a sight to behold at Mary Stevens Park, whilst they were photographed by the local newspaper, Express and Star.
With tinselled bikes and baubles abound the festive Stourbug gang set off in their different paced groups to bring a Christmas smile to all on their way, reciprocated with toots and waves from those they passed. The rides took various routes including Hagley, Kingswinford and Belbroughton, covering distances of up to 25.
With riders rattling their tins and shaking their buckets all in aid of Samaritans, they made their way to the Island Pool, Cookley for a well deserved carvery.
Another successful Stourbug event ride! Well done everyone who took part and supported the event, and well done Andy Glazzard for yet another well organised ride
As of yet the final amount raised isn’t known, but we will update you as soon as we know.
….for every member!
The committee decided to allocate funding so that each member in 2013/4 would receive a free Stourbug drink bottle. They have a ‘soft’ nozzle, and a flip lid to keep the road muck away. See Sally or Nicky at the social meetings to get yours.
In addition, we also have a stock of Stourbug draw string bags in red or yellow for just £2 each. Both colours have reflective strips, so they are ideal for this time of year, and not just for cycling.
Stourbug’s AGM is always a well attended affair and this years was no different. It was announced that Stourbug reached over 300 members this year, with 50% of that consisting of ladies, something that sets Stourbug apart from most cycling clubs around the country.
Highlights on the Stourbug calendar this year included the second Stourbug Ride for Diabetes, held in 9th June 2013, another successful event with over 350 cyclists taking part and raising over £3500 for the local support group.
Membership Secretary Sally Grainger, also regaled us with stories from July’s Land’s End to John O’Groats challenge when nine Stourbug members completed the gruelling ride during the heat wave. What’s more remarkable is that many of the group have only been cycling for a couple of years. Well done folks!
As well as the usual rides throughout the year, Stourbug members are looking forward to the second Santa ride in December, where riders dress as, you guessed it, Santa (or Elves) raising money for charity and finish with a delicious carvery lunch at the Island Pool, Cookley.
Finally, it was with great pleasure that Acting Chair Elaine Hill, announced the new chairman of Stourbug and handed over the reins, or is that handlebars (?) to Pete Lucas.
Pete has been a keen cyclist for many years, he is also a member and officer of other local sports clubs. An enthusiastic cycling advocate, Pete hopes to use his wealth of experience and knowledge in order to help Stourbug develop even further.
Stourbug member John Plant is currently receiving support from the National Amyloidosis Centre and is hoping to raise money for the University College London Amyloidosis Research Fund.
Amyloidosis is a rare and serious disease which causes about 1 in every 1,000-1,500 deaths in developed countries including the UK. There have been major advances in diagnosis and treatment but amyloidosis can still be disabling and life threatening. It is a major unmet medical need.
The NHS National Amyloidosis Centre is part of the University College London (UCL) Division of Medicine at the Royal Free Hospital, London. It provides a diagnostic and treatment advice service for all amyloidosis patients in the UK as well as many patients from around the world.
The National Amyloidosis Centre team have been working on all aspects of the disease for over 30 years, pioneering both diagnostic and treatment techniques. Their work has been well funded by the Medical Research Council and the NHS but there is a long lead time to win these resources and use of the funds is restricted. At the cutting edge of new science and developments for the benefit of patients, flexibility is essential to enable promising methods and skills to be deployed without delay. The UCL Amyloidosis Research Fund, a charitable fund under the umbrella of the UCL Development Fund, is vital in sustaining the new developments and progress towards better treatments needed by patients. All donations are received with sincere gratitude and all contribute directly to benefit for present and future patients.
John has very kindly produced and donated calendars in order money to support the work being done at UCL and all proceeds from the sale of this calendar will be given to the UCL Amyloidosis Research Fund.
The calendar is in a landscape CD case (184mm x 106mm) with 14 pages printed in full colour– one month per page plus front and back covers. It has some wonderful images of wildlife from the UK and around the world taken by John. It can be bought either in person from John for £5.00 or from his website http://www.johnplantimages.co.uk/amyloidosis-calendar at a cost of £7.50 to cover post and packaging.
The calendars make great stocking fillers and are really useful in the office or at home on a desk or table.
More information on the work of the NHS National Amyloidosis Centre can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/medicine/amyloidosis/research
Saturday 5th October, Stourbug member and friend of Wollescote Park, David Nichols embarked on his first ride out as ride leader, and along with fellow Stourbug members meandered around the lanes of Chaddesley Corbett, Rushock, Dodford and Fairfield before finally arriving at Wollescote Park for their open day.
We were heartily welcomed by the Town Crier and went for a wander round the park to take in all the events, including tombolas, raffle and cake stalls and more, even playing ‘guess the vegetable’!
Stourbug very much enjoy supporting local events and as usual we were made to feel welcome by the organisers, even better we left with several prizes to fill our saddlebags.
If you would like more information on the Friends of Wollescote park please visit,
Worzel and friends.
On Sunday 29th September 2013, led by Andy ‘Worzel’ Glazzard, several Stourbug members headed out, like hundreds of others to Pattingham village where they held their second “Scarecrow Event”.
This was a 35 mile round ride taking in the villages of Swindon, Trysull, Wombourne and on to Pattingham to visit the 102 scarecrows on show, including several at St Chad’s church, a focal point in the village. Followed by a spot of lunch a short distance down the road at Patshull golf club, then a short ride back through the lovely lanes of Claverley and Bobbington and into Mary Steven’s Park. (Oh and there was even time to visit the Plough and Harrow for a refreshment or two!)
It has to be said, we were made to feel very welcome by the event organisers, who loved the idea of a cycling Scarecrow! This 3 day event is well worth a visit, with a friendly atmosphere and plenty of scarecrows to see.
All in all a very enjoyable day riding and surely another event to go on to the Stourbug calendar.