Clarion Sunday 2019
The annual tradition of Clarion Sunday on the 9th June saw two groups from Saddleworth Clarion cycle over from Uppermill to Nelson ILP Clarion House in Pendle.
Clarion Sunday is an opportunity for Clarion members from many sections of the National Clarion Cycling Club to meet up and support the last remaining Clarion House. Only open on Sundays it is entirely run by volunteers and dependent upon donations and income from sale of tea/coffee and refreshments.
Well over 100 Clarion cyclists converged on Clarion House, including large groups from Blackpool Clarion and Barnoldswick Clarion, the latter having rather less distance to cycle. Several members of London Clarion who were heavily engaged in the organisation and revival of the Clarion Sunday tradition had travelled up, making a weekend of it. Other Clarion sections represented included Clitheroe, Stockport, Bolton and Yorkshire Coast.
Saddleworth Clarion were well represented with 15 members riding over. One group took the longer hillier route via Hebden Bridge for a round trip of 72 miles. The “C Ride” group taking the more direct route there and back via Todmorden, but still amassing 63 miles in total.
After a hilly ride over to Newchurch in Pendle a pint mug of proper tea, for which Clarion House is well known, was most welcome. There were also plenty of sandwiches and cake provided by Bolton and Clitheroe and Barnoldswick Clarion.
A cheque for £30 was presented by Saddleworth Clarion to Sue Nike at Clarion House. Given the distance to cycle home we were unfortunately unable to stay and enjoy the entertainment from the Strawberry Thieves Socialist Choir.
Our thanks to David Bissett of Bolton Clarion for making the sandwiches, to the Clarion folks who made the tasty cakes and of course the volunteers at Clarion House. Clarion Sunday has quickly become a popular annual event on the Saddleworth Clarion calendar. We look forward to the next one on 14 June 2020.