Cycling through Derbyshire and the Sportive Fun Fair
The atmosphere this term at school is tremendous and is made even
better with the numbers of boarders we have full time boarding. The Year 8s are
settling into their roles of responsibility well and are helping the younger
ones to enjoy life as a boarder.
The boarders have had an action packed weekend and with the
S. Anselm’s Sportive welcoming parents and friends to cycle the roads through
the Derbyshire countryside, the boarders decided to get involved also. We had
an early breakfast after an enjoyable Saturday Night Treat where popcorn and
lemonade was enjoyed during the films. The Year 8s brought their duvets and
pillows down to the Hargreaves Hall, which turns into a cinema at weekends.
We arranged ourselves in height order down at Hassop Café
Bike Hire on the Monsal Trail. We planned to head out towards Buxton, about 8
miles away and through several tunnels. 8 out of the 35 boarders who took part
made it to the end and were treated with a can of pop to restore energy levels
for the ride back. Others decided to take it easier, taking breaks on benches
to enjoy the surroundings on the lovely warm day.
Some of the older boys decided to make their own version of
the hunger games. They started as a peloton of 8 and averaged a good speed on
the way back. It was a race but survival was also a key element. As the boys
edged each other off the race track some collided with each other and others
managed to use the hedges at the side of the trail to gain an advantage. It
sounded like great fun and in the end four survived with Harry T, Humphrey M,
Henry W and James C the survivors. Sadly Head of School House William D wasn’t
able to hold his position and came off, losing any chance of success. It was a great
day and star of the show Goodluck O greeted every passer-by with a smile and a
On return the Year 8s were allowed down to Bakewell with
their £1 pocket money. For a first time down they seemed well practised, or
maybe it is their camaraderie which saw them all chip in together to buy
multipacks. The house is now full of tuck and so the tuck cupboard is full to
The afternoon saw a wonderful turnout of parents who came to
enjoy the Fair. There was a BBQ, bucking bronco, tombola, a Pimms and Champagne
stall and a Thornbridge beer van. There was so much to do and money was being
raised by the Friends of S. Anselm’s. Well done to those
who cycled and walked the long route.
Much fun and laughter and many more weekends to be had this
year. Next weekend sees the 1st XIII and U11 IX Rugby Tour to
Malvern, on Sunday we are all going quad biking and the younger boarders are doing archery.
A reminder that all boarders families are most welcome to
join us for Sunday Supper at 6pm, but please let us know so that we can ensure
there is plenty of delicious roast for all!