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May Monarch’s Way ride in aid of Findon school PTA

Friday, March 5th, 2021

FGCC to ride the Monarch’s Way – in aid of Findon St John the Baptist school’s PTA

At the end of May (2021), pandemic allowing, a group of trusty cyclists from the Findon Gentlemen’s Cycling Club, several of whom have close connections to the Governing Body at Findon Primary School, plan to ride 110 miles of the Monarch’s Way to raise some funds for our village school’s PTA.

Locals will know that the Monarch’s Way is a long-distance trail that closely follows the route taken by Charles ll after defeat at the Battle of Worcester in 1651. Over a period of six weeks, with Parliamentary forces in hot pursuit, Charles tried in vain to make his escape through Wales before turning south across the Cotswolds to try his luck at various coastal ports in the south-west but each time encountering Oliver Cromwell’s troopers. Turning east from Dorset through Wiltshire and Hampshire, Charles then rode along the South Downs, passing through Findon, until he reached Shoreham from where he took a ship for France.

We only plan to ride about a sixth of the length of the 625 miles trail. The four-day ride will be part-educational as the pupils of our school will be encouraged to plot our progress daily and hence sharpen their knowledge of history and geography. The riders will be paying all their own expenses and hope to attract sponsorship from local residents, businesses and parents; all funds will go to the school’s PTA to benefit projects and initiatives for our children.

Given what a tough year everyone has had, particularly for those in school, it will be good to try and achieve something that will help our young pupils whilst they continue with their re-adjustment to normal school life.

Do look-out for the sponsorship appeals that will come from the school PTA and please donate generously to this worthy cause, which you can do via their St John the Baptist school PTS Just Giving page 

John Roche BNTR & CJ

Chairman of Governors St John The Baptist School

2020 Bling award

Sunday, January 3rd, 2021

Sadly the continuing pandemic has meant that presentation of the 2020 Bling stats could only be carried out virtually rather than in the splendid company of gentlemen of the FGCC in one of our local hostelries.

Our Blingmeister with typical gentlemanly understatement simply transmitted the stats in an unusual format that no one could open other than one member of our youth wing (naturally), failing to mention that it is he that has climbed to the dizzy heights of the top of the table for 2020.

Therefore the Findon Gentlemen’s Cycling Club 2020 Bling winner is hereby announced as Mr Paul Topley FGCC TM BM with just under 1,000 miles clocked and 2.1 Everests climbed.

Studies of the stats reveal that Mr Topley only missed three of the possible 53 Saturday rides for 2020, one being during his only holiday managed in the year, the other two taking place the morning after occasions when celebratory libations may have been taken – morning after Not-gala night and Boxing day.

And so congratulations Paul for a splendid achievement.

2020 Bling stats

2020 Stats Table