Barnoldswick Clarion was formed in the early 1920s with ‘Pop’ Harry Hill being one of the founder members
The Barnoldswick Clarion was formed in the early 1920s with 'Pop' Harry Hill being one of the founder members. Harry had a cobbler's shop and was unfortunately killed while out riding, consequently his friends erected a stone seat in his memory, just outside Bracewell, in 1948. It is well used and we maintain it on a regular basis. The club had a very strong membership well into the early '50s and had a good club room above Redman's on Church Street. Brian Braithwaite, from Clitheroe section, would occasionally put some of his famous slide shows on. The '60s saw it level off to under 10 members and, to my knowledge, it possibly discontinued until about 2006 when John Idle and a group of friends resurrected it.
The book then passed to Bob Jackson until very recently and, after a meeting this December 2015, the club has elected a committee with Matt Hargreaves as secretary. The club currently has over 50 members and we have a hard core of more than 20 on our Saturday rides riding from 40 to 100 miles usually with a few thousand foot of climbing - (oh to live in Cheshire!). Also, we have had an influx of members from Barlick Fell Runners who have tried their hand this year at time trialling and cyclo cross.