The 2014 Pashley Picnic

by Adam on 5, June, 2014

The 2014 Pashley Picnic from Guvnors’ Assembly.

After a week of “will it won’t it?” weather watching we threw open the windows to a bright and sunny day in Stratford Upon Avon, not a bad start as to what was going to be a superb day.

Pashley this year had decided to start the event from The Traditional Cycle Shop until recently one of the country’s prettiest cycle shops was possibly one of the smallest, it has now extended considerably and carries practically every bike in the Pashley range, all in all well worth poking your head through the door even if it is only to fondle the lovely Brooks goodies on display.

At exactly 10:30 a.m. Pashley Time, Mr Conod walked around with his little horn in an attempt to get people’s attention and set the ride on it’s way, as is usual Stratford Upon Avon traffic ground to a halt as over one hundred cyclist set off for the now obligatory picture outside of Mr. Shakespeare’s house.

The previous Pashley Picnics have had the first leg out to a local tourist spot, this year was no exception after negotiating the traffic through Stratford we dropped onto the Greenway, a few of our long timers may well recall this was the site of the Guvnors’ Assembly rise into infamy when they featured on the BBC’s Countryfile television program. It has to be said the members of the GA who had offered their services as “Ride Guide” did have a rather easy time of it, no traffic, easy riding and an old train line to follow, even we could not make a mess of this one.

Just out side our destination village of Welford we were grouped up for our ride into the hamlet, and what a welcome! Banners, bands, dancers, hundreds of the local populace had came out to welcome us in to the village, we were even encouraged to park our bikes up at the Shakespeare pub where the landlord Bill provided us with a pint or two of local beer to help wet our whistle.

As is usual at these cycling events, it was not long before names were put to unfamiliar faces and plans hatched for future assignations. If we were betting fellows I would have laid money against moving over a hundred cyclist on all credit must be given to Mr Conod and his little horn, we were back on our bikes and ready for the return leg at 2:15 p.m. Pashley Time. Once again we were on our way with a drum band beating us out of the village.

Very quickly we were back in Stratford getting ready for our picnic, although the lasting image of Little Dave standing firmly to attention whilst holding the traffic back at a doubled laned roundabout will be etched in many a cyclist minds (and several car drivers).

Back at the marquee a rather tasty spread had been put on by Pashley along with a glass or two of fizz kindly supplied by Churchill’s favourite Pol Roger and beer provided by Mr Rodgers’ favourite brewery Purity.

After being fed and watered our hosts for the afternoon Cleopatra and Mark Anthony got the entertainment underway with a classic game of “Pass the Parcel” and a lucky dip where lots of marvelous cycling related goodies were given away, and a copy of Mister Keith’s rather lovely new album who’s dulcet tones have accompanied in writing this little piece of prose.

A little more dancing, eating and maybe a little bit of drinking the picnic came to an end all too soon, and we were forced to continue elsewhere.

As is only polite a hello must be said to a few new fellows in the GA, Professor Yaffle, Mr Billinsfl and a young fellow who has the weight of the GA’s future sporting achievements on his young shoulders Mr Nobby (Jnr.)

I think however the final words must be given to Mr Conod of Pashley cycles, “it wouldn’t be the same without the GA. Thanks for bringing the whirlwind”

A few snaps from the weekend that make up our little slide-show

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Morse June 6, 2014 at 10:31 am

Lovely write up Mr. Adam, thank you. It sounds fabulous and has provided some vicarious pleasure.
May the whirlwind blow again!
Cheers!
Morse.

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