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Jill Fellerman
We have sadly lost Jill Fellerman, our Wheel Easy Secretary, after an inoperable recurrence of the cancer she had 6 years ago. Jill dealt with her illness in a truly strong and uncomplaining way, and we will all miss her enormously.
Jill joined Wheel Easy on our very first ride. She was fairly new to Harrogate, having come up from London to take up a new role at Harrogate Library. She had already become  a seasoned urban cyclist in London where she met Nick at the London Cycling Campaign. She quickly found the camaraderie of regular Wheel Easy rides around our beautiful North Yorkshire to be an inspiration to go further and faster. She joined the committee from the outset and took on the role of secretary. She kept this role right up until last year, providing great support and efficiency to each of the chairs that she worked with. She led rides, and until a few years ago was often the only female riding with the long ride. She always took her turn in leading and finding new routes and cafes.
We had a Saturday morning group which was mainly sociable and cafe bound and as her friends got older and slower, she thrived by joining Cappuccino which added new skills of riding with a group and a new set of friends.
She retained her loyalty to Wheel Easy for Sunday rides, on retirement on Wednesdays and on many trips in Yorkshire and our ride from Harrogate to Edinburgh.
We joked on rides as she placated us by telling us there would be only one more hill! The hills went on and one of the finest rides on the Wheel Easy ride calendar is named after her, Jill’s Hills. A fine tribute to a remarkable woman, a gifted cyclist, our friend.
Jill’s funeral will take place next Tuesday, 4 May.  For people wishing to attend to pay repects to Jill, the hearse will leave from outside her house at 36 Cheltenham Mount at 12-30pm. Cyclists have two options:
  • They can follow the hearse: Eastwards along Cheltenham Mount towards ASDA, south up East Parade past Odeon, past old police station to Knaresborough Rd and Empress roundabout and down Wetherby Rd.
  • Alternatively, they can congregate outside the Wetherby Road gates of Stonefall cemetery or on the extensive layby opposite on other side of Wetherby Road. The hearse  will arrive between 12.45 and 12.55pm
Jill had asked for contributions being made to Sarcoma UK in place of flowers. Anyone interested can use this Jill Fellerman - Sarcoma UK link.
 
Rides Update
Club rides in Groups of 6 have restarted on Sundays with a full selection of Routes on the Website  and on Wednesdays with Medium and Short routes. Members are encouraged to give them a try and it is hoped with the improving weather, the expanding vaccination programme and the consequent receding threat of the virus numbers will increase. It is still necessary to register beforehand for Test & Trace purposes but it is straight forward and doesn't matter if you register and then don't go. Registration is on the Website Test and Trace and please remember that all rides are self lead so check you are  are familiar with the route. 

Anyone willing to lead a ride once we can return to full lead rides please email Chris Rogers on: chris.sue.rogers@gmail.com
Please also advise Chris of any changes or information about Routes or additional rides that you have perhaps put together during the pandemic and he will add these to the Website.

Away Days

Away Days are to restart during the summer in line with the Government's timetable. Details on the website.
 
Short Awaydays Rides
The Short rides, say 15 to 25 miles, starting from Hornbeam are necessarily limited in the variety of route and destinations which might be reached.  In order to improve variety, it is proposed to include short away day rides in the ride calendar. These will be rides of a similar length and pace, but starting initially from places such as Boroughbridge, Tadcaster, Easingwold and Ripon.
The broad idea is that rides will be in groups of around 7, including a leader.
The calendar entry will ask anyone interested to register so that numbers can be managed.
This year, to get a feel for demand, two rides are offered - 4 July from Boroughbridge and 15 August from Tadcaster.  See the ride calendar:  wheel-easy.org.uk/short-awaydays

 
Post Lockdown Social Event
 
Assuming the Roadmap out of Lockdown holds to the current timetable and we are out of lockdown on 21 June, it is proposed to hold a Club social event to try and encourage members to re-engage after the end of lockdown and to bring us all back together again out of relative isolation. To this end Mike and Fiona Walsh have done a lot of research and  thanks to their efforts it is proposed to hold this at the Rugby Club:
 
Wheel Easy Summer Party
2.30pm-5.30pm Sunday 25 July
Harrogate Rugby Club, Rudding Lane HG3 1DQ

The WheelEasy Committee would like to welcome all members to join them for this special social event to mark the end of lockdown and the return of our regular cycling calendar.   

A buffet (or barbecue depending on the weather!) will be provided and there is a cash bar. 

The Rugby Club has a very spacious bar area opening onto a large terrace and can easily accommodate our anticipated numbers with social distancing, either inside or outside.  There’s also plenty of parking for bikes and cars.

To give us a feel for numbers it would be helpful if you would register your interest at:  https://wheel-easy.org.uk/wheeleasy-summer-party/   This is not a commitment, just an estimate to assist our planning.  

We do hope you can join us.


 

Sustrans Rangers

 

Peter Lawley, having made a solo effort to start clearing the bottom of the cycle paths alongside the A59 from High Bridge to the Golf Club, lead a small socially distant party of 6 Sustrans Rangers earlier in this month to continue the good work. Most of the work was pushing back the encroaching soil/mud and plant growth from the edges of the path which in some areas had spread almost to a depth of two feet. The weather was dry and warm enough to complete 2 hours of hard graft, but there is still plenty to do. A great effort as the pictures show and a vast improvement on what was there before.

Many thanks to Justin Locke, Tim Ling, Gia, Chris & Chris Newport for turning out and all their hard work and particularly to Peter for organising and running the group as well as rolling up his sleeves and getting stuck in. Thanks also to our Sustrans Volunteer Coordinator, Sarah Donnelly and to Terry Smith for their input and help with all the organisation and backroom work required for this to happen.Peter intends to carry on with this work so if anyone has an hour or so to spare and would be willing to help  please contact him by email at:  peter60lawley@yahoo.co.uk




 

Club Donation
The disabled tricycle for which the Club made a donation earlier this year through Resurrection Bikes to purchase and refurbish was presented recently to David Shaftoe at Open Country, (www.opencountry.org.uk) a charity the Club have supported in the past and which has, for more then 30 years, enabled people with disabilities to access and enjoy the countryside. This donation was very much appreciated and will be very well used. Thanks to John Rowe at Resurrection for their work on the refurbishment.


 
Subscription Renewals
 Thanks to all those who have now paid their subs for the Apr 2020 / Apr 2022 period. Final reminders will go out to those who have not renewed at the end of the month, after which the membership register and associated lists and groups will be updated, so if you plan to renew and have not quite got around to it yet then now is a good time.
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