As part of the Hermon’s Education, Arts & Development Talks (H.E.A.D) The Hermon welcomes back to the stage Emily Chappell: endurance cyclist, author and founder member of the remarkable cycle collective The Adventure Syndicate! Look forward to a captivating combined talk & reading from Emily’s new book on the brink of release, followed by a Q.&A. session and book-signing!
Emily Chappell is an author, adventurer and advocate, known for her long-distance bicycle journeys and the words, with which she shares them. Her first book’What Goes Around’ was described by The Guardian as “a lovely lyric poem to the city” and told the story of her years as a London cycle courier – the hidden corners of the city, the honest agony of cold toes and tired legs, the blissful moments when bike and body and city fall into harmony, and the endless encounters with London’s rich and ever-changing cast of characters.
Her second book ‘Where There’s A Will’, due for release on 7th November 2019, follows Chappell’s journey into the curious world of long-distance self-supported bike races, and gives a unique insight into how it feels to race across a continent: cycling through both sunrise and sunset, sleeping only for snatched minutes in fields and forests, navigating through mountain ranges and along remote unpaved roads, and searching out food along the way. Chappell captures the loneliness and unexpected camaraderie of long-distance racing, and intricately describes the moments of joy, despair, confidence and self-doubt that her mind cycles through as she pushes her body to the limit.
An engaging and humorous speaker, Chappell will tell the improbable story of how she ended up winning the 4,000km Transcontinental Race across Europe, read aloud from’Where There’s A Will’ and answer questions about every aspect of cycling and writing books.
Built in 1728, Burford House and its beautiful gardens contain a spot where the three counties of Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Shropshire meet. The countryside around these three counties is rich in wild edible plants and fungi.
We will meet outside the cafe at Burford House. The course starts with a short introduction on what to look for, our foraging code and a brief of the Countryside Act.
Then we’ll set off on a roughly 2.5 hour walk around the gardens and along the River Teme, teaching you how to identify the different edible and poisonous plants, fruits and mushrooms that we find.
We’ll stop along the way for some seasonal homemade refreshments such as our lovely hogweed and wild garlic soup.
We will end the day with a wild food lunch based on what we have found and some homemade treats.
After the course, we will email you a list of everything we talked about on the day to help you to remember what you have learnt.
Please note extra course dates at this venue; 27th March, 2nd May, 12th & 26th June. See website for details of times etc.
The third leg of the cycling event takes us from Shrewsbury to Stratford-upon-Avon (approx. 70 miles). So, I am looking for a team of 40-50 enthusiastic cyclists to join me on this leg. All levels of experience are very welcome. If you would like to be part of this 3rd leg please complete the registration form for entry via www.entouronline.co.uk
The Oswestry 10k brings together an active community of people taking part in sporting events for reasons ranging from fitness, competition, charity, health, fun or to simply finish. The participants vary from nervous first timers of all ages through to competitive runners. The Oswestry 10k will take place on the 18th October 2020 and the event start/finish in Church St with a Town and Country Route.