Road gritting in Cheshire East

Cheshire East has changed its policy on road gritting. Because of the Coronavirus these changes are unlikely to affect SMCTC rides, but if you cycle around Cheshire then this may be of interest. Roads affected that we normally use include (click the links to see the relevant maps):

The route past the Coffee Tavern (Poynton)
The road past Swettenham towards Twemlow (Congleton)
Brownlow to Wheelock via Spen Green and Hassall Green (Congleton)
Lacey Green (Wilmslow)
Back road to Alderley Edge that we take from Wilmslow (Wilmslow)
Ollerton to Wilmslow (Knutsford)

Paul Blomeley 19.5.1949 — 14.10.2020

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Members will be saddened to hear of the death of Paul Blomeley, after a four-year battle with motor neurone disease. Paul rode regularly with our vets’ group on Wednesdays for around a couple of years, until his diagnosis and subsequent decline. He was friendly, approachable and a valued companion on our rides. Paul had been an officer in the Royal Navy and served on one of the UK's nuclear submarines, an occupation that must have called for considerable personal resilience and courage.

After retirement from the Navy he was a lawyer in the Crown Prosecution Service in Manchester. His varied career meant that he had interesting stories to tell, as well as being a good listener; he will be missed by all who knew him and enjoyed conversing with him. Our thoughts are with Paul’s wife Kathryn and their family at this doubly difficult time.

Donations may be made to, or

Pro Vision Bike Dash

Ronald McDonald Charity Ride

If you think you can cycle 1000Km during August and September then this may be of interest.

I hope that you don’t mind me getting in touch. I’m Lily and I work for Ronald McDonald House Charities UK. I’m writing today to invite your cycling club to join our new virtual mission – the House-to-House Challenge.

Click here to find out more about our House-to-House Challenge.

Our charity support families with sick children in hospital by providing free home away from home accommodation, just minutes’ walk from their child’s bedside. By providing a comfortable bed to sleep in, kitchen facilities and support from our House teams, parents and carers can focus on their child’s care. 

"Being in a ‘ward bubble’ is stressful. Having the bedroom at Ronald McDonald House to come back to after a long day on the ward and being able to have a bath, watch a film, make a coffee and sit down was fantastic to take care of myself." – Ali, Mum of Lydia. 

Meet more of our families here.

·         Jump on your exercise bike at home or take your bike out and cycle 1,000km in August and September

·         Log your activities on My Virtual Mission and see where you are on our virtual map

·         1,000km split in to “legs”, starting at our old Ronald McDonald Oxford House and covering the distance from one of our Houses to the next

·         Compete on your own or as a team 

·         £10 registration fee (offer available till 20 July – increases to £15 after)

·         No fundraising target – raise what you can!

Register today by visiting:

Thank you for your time and we look forward to seeing your club members joining our virtual challenge.

All the best,


Charity Music evening

Mike Phillips’ music gig on Saturday 7th March raised £564.30, which will be donated to Francis House. Mike says ‘thanks’ to all those who came along and contributed generously.

Charity Wine Tasting in memory of David Wiggins

Helen Wiggins (David’s Widow) has arranged a wine tasting event on Saturday April 4th at St Paul's Hall, Heaton Moor at 8 pm.

There will be 50+ wines from 15 different countries with proceeds to The Christie Charitable Fund. (Best not to drive there …  Heaton Chapel Station is very close.)

Tickets (£25 per head) must be bought in advance from either Helen or John Booth 0793 8143429 (INFO@JOHNBOOTHWINES.CO.UK)

Or, speak to Emma (, mobile: 07989 531028

Another historic photo

Here’s another blast from the past. Can you recognise anyone? It’s from a tour to the Dingle peninsular in 1984.

Dingle 1984

Better weather in Sri Lanka

Fancy some better weather than ours? Pete Williams sent this picture from Trincomalee in Sri Lanka, where he’s managed to hire a bike with gears:

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Slide show, LEJOG part 2

David Goatman will continue his slide show of his Lands End to John o’ Groats tour:

I will do a quick recap of part 1 for anyone who missed it.

We will then go through Alston into Scotland. Cut round the west side of Glasgow onto Loch Lomond. Into the highlands then the rugged remoteness of Caithness and Sutherland. Finish by looking at my stats and what l subsequently did to improve? The bike.

At the Club Room at 8.30 pm on Thursday 16th January.

Closure of Spinney Caravans cafe

John Pardoe reports that when Lynne, who has for many years run the cafe at Spinney Caravans, returned from her Christmas break she discovered she had been locked out. The cafe is therefore closed. Those who cycled there on Tuesdays will be pleased to know that arrangements have been made to meet at Woodside Golf Club, next door, instead. Ideally, on arrival, mention that you are a Tuesday Spinney cyclist. If downstairs is not busy you can assemble there, otherwise you may be invited to go upstairs.