Over the past two weeks Tony Upfold of Cycling UK, our parent body, has written and published two articles on the internet and in the local papers about our activities at Alice Holt. Two very complimentary articles outlining stories about the joy clients get from cycling in the Forest. The articles also contain our contact details which is all to the good for recruitment. If you would like to see these articles go to
We have a new volunteer called Jon who has joined our happy band. He is a very pleasant young man who did his first session with us today, he worked well with us and enjoyed the experience, so thank you Jon for joining our group.
This is the second week with the container in its new position. The clients found us without too much trouble in our new location and I am sure they will soon get used to coming there for the bikes. If you you can’t find us, ask the lads at Bike Hire and they will direct you; we are there come rain or shine.
Our cycle container has moved from its position in the woods onto the main path opposite the Forestry Works entrance. Because of this we have decided in future we will set ourselves outside the container, so if you think we haven’t turned up please look down the lane towards the figure of eight track and you will see us. The container has moved because the Forestry Commission are going to refurbish their works building. It is hoped that all Cycling activity including us will be rehoused there when it is finished. Watch this space!
A lovely warm sunny day up at the forest this morning, just right for a cycle ride. We had two visitors, Tony and Mark from our parent body Cycling UK with us this morning. Tony is writing an article to coincide with the paralympic games about Inclusive Cycling for Cycling UK’s magazine and Mark is looking to advertise our activities and to help set up a network of information about Inclusive Cycling in our area. Also he took away with him a list of parts we need to repair our fleet of adapted bikes. All to the good.
Most of our adapted bikes were taken up to London at the weekend by Cycling UK to take part in the Prudential Ride London. They were collected late on Friday evening and returned to us in good order on Saturday evening and I am told that the “Inclusive Cycling” event in Green Park was a great success.
We are carrying on as usual at the Forest with good numbers of clients, old and new turning up with their carers. The Forest is crowded with families enjoying the fine weather and the Forest as you would expect at this time of the year, but don’t be put off because there is room for everyone.
We took a selection of our adapted bikes to the Bike Festival at the Maltings in Farnham on Sunday. Lots of people turned up to ride our bikes around the car park after the rain had stopped and there were quite a few inquiries about our activity at Alice Holt from potential clients. The highlight of the day were the smiles and laughter of a young Downs syndrome lad when he had a ride on the twister with his Mum and Dad. Splendid result!
We will be at the Forest again on Thursday morning as usual but don’t forget, you can hire our bikes through the Alice Holt Bike Hire company on any of the other days when we are not at the Forest. Just call Ben and his colleagues on 01420 521297 to make an appointment.
A lovely sunny day the Forest this morning. Building work has started on the new Cafe so we had to move from our usual location but this didn’t stop us from doing business as usual. The building work will go on until October/November so we will have to get used to it. Ben from the Bike Hire replaced the broken front and back and the side by side tandems, so good news, all the bikes are up and running again.
Half term holidays at the Forest yesterday and it was lovely to see the place was packed with Mums, Dads and kiddies all enjoying themselves. Our friends are slightly worried when the there is a crowd so attendance was down slightly but there was steady stream came all of whom found space where they could ride and enjoy themselves.
We had Muffins, a charity group from Basingstoke visit us once again a couple of weeks ago, 20 youngsters with their families enjoyed riding our bikes and managed to have a picnic before the rain started, so a successful day.
Two bikes are sick I’m afraid. One of the side by side tandems and the front and back tandem. All are trying their hardest to get these bikes back in service as soon as possible, but it make take some time to get the spare parts. But there are plenty of other bikes for you all to use.
I was away last week cycling in France with my friends, but I am told that it was a busy day with 20 of our friends turning up. It was a lovely day today in the forest once again but not so many turned up, where are you all?
Sorry to say that the front and back tandem has a broken front fork shaft so it may take some time before we can get it repaired. But the spare parts for the powered side by side tandem are on the way and this should be back in service soon.
One other note of interest. I am told that the new cafe building adjacent to the Visitors Centre will start within the next two weeks.
A lovely bright sunny day today so lots of our friends turned up and it was nice to see Daisy and Tim from Cycling UK our parent charity, (formerly CTC ). Sorry to say that one of the side by side tandems is still sick, but Ben and Adam from the bike hire are on the job and it should be back in action soon.
The final total sent to the BBC Sports Relief was a splendid £420.50p. Well done everyone one who took part.