Visit to New Swannington Primary School

If you have followed this blog, you will know that the entry for February 9th, 2019, “Reaching Out” explains how I came to be in touch with the School, how delighted I was to receive 20 letters asking me questions about the LEJoG ride. Well, after an exchange of emails with Mrs Carr, the enterprising geography teacher, we have managed to find a date, Friday, May 24th, when I can visit the School, talk to the pupils and have a bike ride with those who wish to do so, in a safe place. The details are being sorted out now.

The plan is for me to travel down to the Ashby de la Zouch area the day before, have a look round as a tourist, stay overnight and travel in to the School the next day. I am really looking forward to the trip. I have yet to work out what to say to the pupils, especially if I am invited to address the Assembly. Describe the cycle route, try to explain what it was like, show them the bike which did it? I guess it would be so satisfying if I gave some inspiration for them to have a go at cycling and touring. Especially if the parents are involved and the family has a go at a challenge on the bikes. There must be interesting local routes to try. I wonder if there is a cycling club near by to pick up the idea of encouraging the children to cycle regularly, perhaps?

There is plenty to think about and arrange, which I will be doing over the next few weeks. Wish me luck.

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