Don’t worry, I may be go­ing the wrong way but I get there!

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It’s com­ing up to ‘fair and fete sea­son’ and the re­quests to at­tend them are flood­ing in by the minute. Kirstyn and I love to get to as many as pos­si­ble, be­cause we love our com­mu­nity and re­alise that it’s all part of the gig. The un­for­tu­nate side to this is that ev­ery now and again we get dou­ble booked and can’t stretch our­selves any fur­ther. She is very good at that side of or­gan­is­ing stuff but the same can cer­tainly not be said about me. I end up say­ing “yes” to ev­ery­one, write the date on a piece of paper and gen­er­ally lose it, as well as the plot. I think I need a sec­re­tary. This, sadly, has hap­pened to me this com­ing week­end. I’ve had my name down to do the Heather Wyn­ter Cy­cle for Life ride for many months. I had such a blast last year and was hum­bled to be asked again, and be part of the event that raised a phe­nom­e­nal amount of money for the Bobby Moore Fund – in ex­cess of £23,000. Two hun­dred will­ing par­tic­i­pants (and you gen­uinely could quadru­ple that num­ber) all dressed in red mount their bi­cy­cles, meet up at Heather’s, reg­is­ter and ride around our beau­ti­ful sur­round­ing ar­eas for 20 odd miles, stop­ping off ev­ery now and again for a quick li­ba­tion and then see off the day in style with an evening of fun and fri­vol­ity. We would love you to pop in to see us at one of the fol­low­ing pubs and leave a lit­tle do­na­tion. The first stop is The Swan in Lit­tle Chart, then on to The Ge­orge in Eger­ton, The Wheel Inn at West­well and then chill­ing out at Sandy­acres (around 4pm) for a while and do­ing a raf­fle and such like. The fi­nal venue is the River­side Inn, where there’s a sec­ond raf­fle, en­ter­tain­ment, bar­be­cue and fire­works. Oh, and a cou­ple of shandies. The Wyn­ter clan, and there are many of them, plus close friends, all de­serve a lot of credit and none more so (and he will hate me for say­ing so be­cause of his shy and re­tir­ing na­ture) than Carl­ton. He is the driv­ing force be­hind the whole af­fair and works tire­lessly to make it hap­pen. Join­ing in the ride this year will be the late and great Bobby Moore’s widow Stephanie. And this year Heather would like to ded­i­cate the ride to her dad Jim who is un­der­go­ing treat­ment as he bat­tles bowel can­cer for the third time. Any­way, back to my mis-man­age­ment. I’d un­for­tu­nately over­looked that I was open­ing the Rol­ven­den vil­lage fete at mid­day. Now I don’t want to let any­one down, in­clud­ing Yvonne, the or­gan­iser of the fete, Carl­ton (be­cause he will slap me very hard), but mainly the peo­ple who have spon­sored me. So I will be at the fete and I will be at the start of the ride and will do all the miles I’m be­ing spon­sored for. It’s just that I’ll be do­ing a dif­fer­ent route to the other 199 – via Rol­ven­den!

For more on the Heather Wyn­ter cy­cle ride see story on page 21.

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