After six weeks of students from around Europe and China staying at the
School for a programme of academic English lessons and sports
activities, the College was filled with cyclists from around the UK
enjoying all that Shropshire has to offer as they cycled each day around
CTC, the national cycling charity, travels around
the UK and this year landed at the School for a six day period to hold
its 134th annual ‘Birthday Ride’ holiday.
With a combination of
boarding accommodation and camping on offer, there has been a daily
flurry of activity at the College as over 500 cyclists, all members of
CTC, have been fed and entertained each evening.
College each morning, routes have taken the cyclists in every direction
for tours around Shropshire and beyond. With a choice of four levels of
tour and stopping at tea rooms in village halls run by the WI and in
churches run by volunteers, as well as restaurants and public houses,
the cyclists have visited many local attractions, some travelling in
excess of 70 miles on their round trips.
Whilst during the day,
Big School, the College’s large assembly hall, has been the location for
CTC’s central administrative base and first aid post, each evening it
has buzzed with activities. For many of the participants, after a hearty
supper in the Dining Hall, there has been a choice of entertainment. A
Shrewsbury based choir, Jigsaw Sounds, a Jazz Band from Whitchurch, The
Jazz All Stars, and the comedy group, Three Men in a Bow Tie have all
entertained the visitors. On the final night, Big School also saw a barn
dance with music provided by the local Ceilidh band, Five Speed Box.
cycle through the town was organised on Friday afternoon with the help
of the Ellesmere Chamber of Commerce and Carnival Committee. Starting at
Wharf Head and returning to the College for the annual Birthday Rides
Tea Party, over 300 of the cyclists took part in this event.
Peter Mathison, the local CTC Holidays volunteer organiser from
Shrewsbury, explained, ‘This event has been in the planning for the last
15 months. The Ellesmere College Enterprises team and Ellesmere Chamber
of Commerce have supported us at every stage of the planning process
and the team on the ground during our stay at Ellesmere College have
been very responsive to the needs of individual cyclists, from extra
pillows to providing them with local knowledge. We thank them for their
hospitality as we move on to plan next year’s event elsewhere in the
20th September 2012 Back to News