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2009 Autumn Meet at Bridges Youth Hostel

2009 Autumn Meet at Bridges Youth Hostel in Shropshire
Click here to see photos of the weekend  taken by Simeon Orme
Click here to see photos of the weekend taken by Heather Evans
Youth Hostel Information
Bridges Youth Hostel, Rathlinhope, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY5 0SP
Phone Number: 01588-650656
Website: http://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/bridges.
Report of the weekend
30 members attended the Autumn Meet and Committee weekend. After a month of warm sunny weather Saturday turned out wet and very windy. This didn’t stop everyone from getting out into the Shropshire Hills.
Several groups left the hostel in the morning and explored tracks over Stiperstones, Corndon Hill, Hope Bowdler Hill and many others.
The committee meeting, chaired by Steve Griffith, went smoothly. The PRO position is still not filled, so will everyone interesting in helping the Fellowship by taking on the post please contact the Chairman or Secretary.
Our membership has gone up 30 since this time last year, which is very welcome. Our Secretary Peter is appealing for volunteers to help on the Fellowship stand at the York Rally. Please don’t leave it to same people every year.
Membership cards are to be re-instated, and will sent out with the first Journal after membership renewal.
The new route librarians were unable to attend but reported that they are steadily putting the RSF route library on to computer.
General Secretary Report
Thank you to all members who supported the autumn / committee meet just held at Bridges Youth Hostel. Very close to 30 turned up and I trust, had an enjoyable weekend. Sorry about the hedge cutting and consequent punctures. Will have to bear that in mind for future meets.
Report of the weekend by Simeon Orme
Well its at this time of the year that committee of Rough-Stuff Fellowship holds its annual committee meeting of the year but for most members its good excuse for a weekend away!
This year the committee meeting  was at Bridges Youth Hostel in Shropshire. So Peter pick me up on the Friday morning, with detour into Manchester to pick up Heather and two cafe later we arrive at the Youth Hostel.
A lot of chatting and catch up was done on the Friday night and with the chairman setting a good example by washing up after the hostel evening meal.
On the Saturday morning there were two main rides one led by John Kemp to Church Stoke and other led by Steve Griffith to Montgomery. I decided to on John’s ride, we headed down East Onny valley for short distance, before following the lanes up to Cold Hill Farm and following lanes down to Great Wood House where we then headed up the West Onny Vallley to the A488 where Pat and Fred Lloyd left us headed to Bishop’s Castle. The rest of us headed up the A488 for short distance before following the lanes around Corndon Hill down to Church Stoke for a late morning brew at the cafe at the local supermarket.
After our cafe stop, we followed the lanes across the Camled Valley from Church Stoke to the B4385, after passing the Mellington Hall Hotel, we climb up to the Kerry Ridgeway which followed down into Bishop’s Castle for tea and cakes at The Poppy House Tearoom.
After our afternoon brew, we followed the B4384 out of Bishop’s Castle, then the B4383 and then short distance along the A489 before following the lanes up the West Onny Valley back to the Youth Hostel. One member sum up the ride by saying that it was best rides he been on!
There quite few members mending punctures before the committee meeting due to a lot hedgecutting and not enough clean up of the road afterwards.
The committee meeting was over in record time! The main things of note that membership was up and looking at the Web Manger of the RSF national website should be made full member of the committee.
On Sunday morning some members departed early and rest of us headed to the Bog Centre by various routes for a morning brew before heading back to hostel to pack up and then heading for home.

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