Clarion Sunday - 14th June 2020
A Call to all Clarion cyclists past and present to gather at the Nelson (ILP) Clarion House on Sunday 14th June 2020.
This event is an attempt to resurrect the historic concept of ‘Clarion Sunday’ when in the late 1890’s hundreds of Clarion cyclists would converge on Hardcastle Crags, close to Hebden Bridge, to listen to the massed singing of the combined Clarion Vocal Unions and to speeches by leading Socialists such as Caroline Martyn and Keir Hardy.
Why meet at the Clarion House instead of Hardcastle Crags? Simply because there is now an increasing number of Clarion Cycling Clubs within cycling distance and their attendance maintains the Clarion link whilst also bringing much needed funds to this historic institution which has served cyclists and walkers every single Sunday since 1913. In 2019 we were joined by over 100 Clarion cyclists, Clarion Choirs and Strawberry Thieves Socialist Choir.
Barnoldswick Clarion Cycling Club is going to cycle out to Clarion House via 'Pop' Harry Hill's memorial bench at Bracewell. Other Clarion cyclists are welcome to join their comrades on this ride. Bolton, Blackpool, London & Yorkshire Coast Clarions will also be joining us. 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 will 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 joining the ride to Harry Hill's bench, which will have two starting points one in Clitheroe, the other in Barnoldswick. Should contact:
Colin Urmston (Barnoldswick Clarion) email@example.com
Clarion House will be open on the day from 10.30am until 4pm although the normal closing time of 4pm can be extended on the day. The plan 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.
For further details email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Built in 1912, the last Clarion Clubhouse is situated within its own grounds, deep in the heart of “Pendle Witch Country” at Newchurch-in-Pendle. It boasts magnifi cent views and is surrounded by a myriad of quiet cycling lanes and public footpaths; being close to the “Pendle Way” and the “Two Roses Way”. It is open 10.30am – 4.00pm every Sunday serving pints of tea, soft drinks and snacks. You are welcome to bring your own sandwiches and cake. www.clarionhouse.org.uk