RCPS Press Report 25th August 2016

It has been a very busy week for some members of RCPS. On 14th August there was the first Annual Cycling Sportive organized by the Yorkshire Lass Cycling Club. For women only, it was a charity event to raise funds for women’s cancer charities. Over 300 women from across north, east, south and west Yorkshire, plus some from Derbyshire, came to cycle one of three routes, each of which started and finished at Carlton Lodge Activity centre near Thirsk. The shortest of the three rides, entitled ‘A Cuppa and a Piece of Cake’ took riders around country lanes in Hambleton. The sixty-mile route, called ‘A Reet Gud Ride,’ included much of the Hambleton route and stretched it to as far south as the northern edge of Easingwold. The riders who really wanted a challenge took the 103 mile route offered by the ‘By ‘Eck, that were ‘aard,’ ride, venturing east to Ampleforth, south towards Newton on Ouse and back via Boroughbridge and Ripon.

Four RCPS members, Karen Kubran, Alan Kaemena, Nigel Pecock and David Uffindall, along with four photographers from York Camera Club, did an almost 12 hour shift on location at various route points and around Carlton Lodge, recording the event. A similar amount of time had later to be devoted to processing the images so that they could be uploaded onto the Yorkshire Lass website and offered for sale to enable more funds to be raised for the charities. Thankfully the weather remained fine and sunny, even hot at times, and the day was all the more notable for the fun and laughter it generated. More than one cyclist complained that they couldn’t stop to put their ‘lippy’ on when confronted by a lens! The end result is that the organizers will have something in the order of over 2000 to 3000 images to choose to use either to raise funds or to advertise next year’s event.

On a more local level, preparation for our Annual Photographic Exhibition carries on apace. Not long now to Saturday 3rd September when we hope to attract a bumper crowd to come along to the Allhallowgate Methodist Church Hall, opposite the bus station. It’s free entry between 9.30am and 4pm (it’s closed before and after!), and the venue is accessible to all, plus there will be fabulous refreshments on sale! The official opening is at 10am when the Right Worshipful the Mayor of Ripon, Councillor Adrian Morgan, will perform the honours.