A Call to all Clarion cyclists past and present to gather at the Nelson Independent Labour Party Clarion Tearoom on Sunday, June 11th.
The idea of this proposed meet of Clarion Cycling Clubs is really an attempt to resurrect the historic concept of ‘Clarion Sunday’ when in the late 1890’s hundreds of Clarion cyclist would converge on Hardcastle Crags close to Hebden Bridge to listen to the massed singing of the combined Clarion Vocal Unions.
Why meet at the Clarion ILP Tearoom at Newchurch in Pendle instead of Hardcastle Crags? Simply because there are now an increasing number of Clarion Cycling Clubs within cycling distance of Clarion House and their attendance would bring much need funds to this historic institution which has served cyclists and walkers every single Sunday since 1913.
Currently, Clitheroe and Barnoldswick Clarion Cycling Clubs are planning to cycle out to Clarion House via ‘Pop’ Harry Hill’s memorial bench at Bracewell. Other Clarion cyclists would welcome to join their comrades on this ride. The Sunday Pendle Witch Hopper bus service no longer operates due to Tory government cuts to local government funding and this has affected the weekly income of Clarion House. The mass arrival of Clarion cyclists would be an inspirational sight to see as well as a welcome boost to the funds of this monument to the Clarion Movement. Those interested in join the ride to Harry Hill’s bench, which will have two starting points one in: Clitheroe, the other in Barnoldswick. Should contact:
Nick Tanner (Clitheroe Clarion) firstname.lastname@example.org or
Colin Urmston (Barnoldswick Clarion) email@example.com.
It should be mentioned that Clarion House only sells tea, coffee, soup, pop, crisps and snack type biscuits. Visitors are more than welcome to bring their own sandwiches and cake.
Clarion House will be open on the day from 10.30am until 4pm although the normal closing time of 4pm can be extended as I am a key-holder. The plan at the moment is simply for Clarion and former Clarion cyclists to arrive and depart at will, the main objective is simply to share a pint pot of Clarion tea (price 55p) with like-minded folk and possibly listen to a Clarion Choir. It is pleasing at this stage to report that comrades from London and Yorkshire Coast Clarion Cycling Clubs will be attending as well as those from Clarion Clubs closer to home.
The address of Clarion House is Jinney Lane, Newchurch in Pendle. BB12 9LL
Grid reference: 832396 (OS sheet 103). Also see: www.clarionhouse.org.uk