Thursday, 17 January 2019

Dick Philips - Latest Information

Have just visited Dick in the Alston care home.  He is more or less confined to bed with very little physical energy, but mental facilities and humour undiminished -  although sadly enthusiasm for reading, current affairs etc has pretty much evaporated.  He is not expecting to return to his house in Nenthead and is sorting out 'things'.

Paraphrasing his own words (which he is happy for EV members to be aware of), Dick was not expecting to still be alive today, following diagnosis of prostate and other problems a while back and being given just months to live including a period in hospital at Carlisle.

But he's still here, feeling better than before and without much in the way of outward appearance suggesting inner issues, so who knows how long the future holds for Dick at 85. Thankfully he is unruffled about how and when .....

..... but he would like more visitors in the meantime! Being somewhat stoical, Dick hasn't made much effort to make contact with acquaintances such as us in EV. However if anyone can find the time to visit occasionally (20 minutes drive from Melmerby over Hartside), Dick would much appreciate it -plus visitors can expect interesting reminiscences on cycling and Iceland.

He does have a mobile phone 07851 762703 in his room, but being somewhat of a Luddite struggles to use it properly, so missed calls seem to be the norm!

Reminder, visiting at Grisedale Croft, Church Road, Alston (half way up the now partly cobbled street turn right and it's on your left) without appointment, but avoid meal times 12-1 and 4-5.

Any more information, just ask me.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Dick Philips Update

Dick has unfortunately been off EV's radar for a while now and none of us seemed to know how he had been faring. Tried phoning him several times in Nenthead recently, recalling had heard on the grapevine he had been ill a while back.

Managed to track him down via a call to the Nenthead village shop.

He is in Grisedale Croft (Church Rd, Alston CA9 3QS) care home in Alston and although staff can't give me non-family information, likely to be there for a while and quite ok to receive visitors. Visiting any time except 12 to 1 (lunch) and 4 to 5 (supper) - no need to phone in advance.

We will pop over the hill to visit him in the next week or so and hopefully others who have known this long-term EV member and 'activist' for  local cycling (also the first to rough stuff cycle across Iceland) will call and see him too.

2 Bike Ride: Wednesday 16th January

The ride starts at 10am from Morrison's car park in Kendal.
    The route is south through the South Westmorland lanes to the Brief Encounter Cafe at Carnforth Station for coffee. From Carnforth we head to the RSPB Centre at Leighton Moss via the Yealand villages for lunch. The return to Kendal will either be through Silverdale and Arnside or the Silverdale Woods.
    The ride will be at a moderate pace on relatively easy riding roads. The total distance is about 42 miles.


3 Bike Ride; Wednesday 16th January

The forecast is for showers with a westerly breeze and mild. So I shall start from Wetheral at 10am, cross the viaduct to Great Corby and on to Brampton via Faugh, Townhead and Lower Geltbridge. We leave Brampton on the B6413 for Talkin Tarn, arriving there for 11am. After a short stop the route continues along the B6413 to Cumrew where we veer off on minor roads past Croglin Low Hall, climb up Whin Fell and rejoin the B6413. Carry straight on this road through Kirkoswald, Lazonby and on to Plumpton for lunch. How much we do in the afternoon depends on the weather  but will involve High Hesket, Armathwaite, the Low House level crossing and Wetheral Pasture before arriving back in Wetheral. Not too many unnecessary hills, so hopefully the ride will appeal and I will see you at the start.

Monday, 14 January 2019

Mull 2019?

Our former Treasurer, Cecilia Fry, has moved to Scotland and is organising a trip for friends exploring Mull 8 - 15 June 2019. It involves an average mileage of 30 - 40 each day, staying in self-catering accommodation with 2 nights B & B in Iona. If anyone is interested, please let me know and I can pass on more details.
Thanks for inviting us Cecilia,

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Today Sunday 13th cancelled

Reluctantly with the winds showing 40mph until 1pm, we are going to have to cancel todays rides.

Friday, 11 January 2019

Rides on Sun 13th

Rosie and myself will be leading 2 rides from Beacon Edge cemetery leaving at 10am. Rosie is going to Lowther and then Pooley Bridge about 25 miles. I am heading for Aira Force and then Caldbeck. Apparently the Smithy cafe is shut, but the Priest mill is open. About 45 miles. All this is weather dependent, and it could be wet and windy, but hey ho it is January. Hope to see lots of you out.