Marton Village, Warwickshire

World cyclists in Marton

Ovo Energy Tour in MartonOn 5 September some of the world’s top male cyclists – including Olympic and World Champions, and Tour de France winners – sped through Marton in glorious sunshine on the fourth stage of the Ovo Energy Tour.

On the way from Nuneaton to Leamington (on a north, south, north route via Chipping Camden) the cyclists were heading towards the end of a punishing 183.5km day, the second longest stage in the 8-day race. Residents put out bunting and flags to make the competitors feel welcome for the first time the male tour has included a Warwickshire section.

Large groups of residents and enthusiasts, who travelled here especially for the race, cheered encouragement as they raced on by at speeds of around 40km/h. Others may have been cursing their luck of being stuck behind the main road closure, which at least only lasted about 15 minutes. This was to accommodate the field of more than 100 cyclists, which included three of the top five-ranked riders in the world:

• Britain’s most successful Grand Tour rider Chris Froome (world number two and 2018 Giro d’Italia winner)
• Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe (world number four)
• Welsh hero Geraint Thomas (world number five and winner of the 2018 Tour de France)

Marton was also treated to seeing Slovenian Primoz Roglic, Colombian Fernando Gaviria and Germany’s Max Schachmann and many others in a breath-taking blur of lycra.

This video captures some of the action.

See all the results on www.tourofbritain.co.uk

A brighter January

As announced in the last newsletter, Marton’s been very lucky to have secured a small Rugby Arts Grant so we can host some workshops and a party free of charge to brighten up the New Year. Aimed at all ages, the programme is:

6 Jan – Bush Craft Skills 2-4pm Marton Playing Fields
For teens and children, organised by an experienced Scout leader
The session will include a nature scavenger hunt, camp fire cooking (popcorn, s’mores and potatoes), natural art and paracord keyrings (for older participants).
Please dress for the weather and expect to get mucky. All activities and refreshments are free of charge.
Book via info@fayeclaridge.co.uk.

7 Jan – Willow Lantern Workshop 2-4pm village hall
For all ages, led by Marton artist Faye Claridge
Use willow, translucent paper, decorations and (battery) tealights to make your own unique lantern
Please bring an apron or wear old clothes. All materials will be provided free of charge.
Book via info@fayeclaridge.co.uk.

11 Jan – Lantern Making & History Talk 2-4pm village hall
Retiree’s tea special, combined with the history group
Be inspired by Twelfth Night traditions and make a unique willow lantern with a (battery) tealight
Please bring an apron or wear old clothes. All materials will be provided free of charge.
Book via info@fayeclaridge.co.uk.

13 Jan – Parade and Party! Meet 5pm village hall
5pm drop ‘bring and share’ food into the village hall
Parade from the hall to the Pig Field (by Eathorpe Hall)
Drag your tree or have it collected beforehand (on andrew.cooke@zen.co.uk)
6pm bonfire, treats & Twelfth Night traditions with PRIZES for the best dressed in glowing/neon
7pm village hall open for bar, games & sharing supper

So start planning your fabulous glowing outfits now and please make sure you book your place on the workshops because – although free – it’s important we have an accurate idea of numbers for materials. Book through info@fayeclaridge.co.uk.

Local History Group: May 2017 Update

This month the Group had its AGM at which the past year was reviewed and possible talks for next season were discussed. The notes of this meeting will be circulated to Group members. David Fry (pictured) also gave a talk about building developments in Marton in the first half of the 20th century. An overview of this talk can be found at this link.

Next meeting: 22nd May, Harbury High Street in carpark behind the library, for a prompt 6:45pm start to a guided walk around that village.

The May meeting is the last of the season. The new season will start in October 2017.