Back CTCS call for funding for cycling November 20, 2015Cuts at the Department for Transport could be bad news for cycling, so we need the Chancellor to come up with the cash in next Wednesday’s Spending Review. Please call on your MP to back #funding4cycling! With your help, secure funding could be the next big campaign win, following on from two rather diverse successes […]

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Calderdale Cycle Forum – 11 November – Agenda November 7, 2015CTC has asked for a number of items to be included on the Agenda for the November meeting of the Calderdale Cycle Forum. These are:- Appointment of Representative to the City Connect Advisory Group; Consultation on City Connect; Calderdale Cycle Strategy; Leeds University report on Cycle Accident statistics in West Yorkshire; Cycleproofing; Date of next […]

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Calderdale Cycle Hub Forum Meeting November 2, 2015would great to see a good turnout from both CTC members and other cyclists

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Calderdale CTC AGM 2015 Right to Ride Report October 30, 2015You can find a copy of the Right to Ride report for 2015 here 151106agmreport This will be presented to the Calderdale CTC AGM on 6 November 2015 and is published in advance so Members have the opportunity to look at it before the meeting. It highlights key issues, some encouraging, others less so, that have […]

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Calderdale CTC AGM October 24, 2015The Committee of Calderdale CTC invites any member of  the Club to propose a motion for the consideration of the Committee at the Annual general Meeting, to be held 7.45pm at the Oddfellows Rooms, Coleridge Street, Halifax on 6 November 2015. Motions should be sent to to arrive by 30 October. Existing members of […]

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Nov 27 – Nov 29 all-day
A three day trip for social walks in Silverdale, contact Carol Hare for more details
My Shibden Valley meet at Oddfellows Rooms
Nov 27 @ 7:45 pm
My Shibden Valley @ Oddfellows Rooms | Halifax | United Kingdom
  An entertaining and informative DVD
Nov 28 @ 9:30 am
Ride Leader : John Scorah
Slaithwaite meet at Mytholmroyd Community Centre
Nov 29 @ 9:00 am
Slaithwaite @ Mytholmroyd Community Centre | United Kingdom
Ride Leader: Reid Anderson
Xmas Lunch at Windmill Court meet at Windmill court
Dec 2 @ 12:00 pm
John Sutcliffe meet at Oddfellows Rooms
Dec 4 @ 7:45 pm
John Sutcliffe @ Oddfellows Rooms | Halifax | United Kingdom
  Another of John Sutcliffe’s illustrated sauntering jaunts
Dec 5 @ 9:30 am
Ride Leader : Carol Hare
Skipton meet at Morrison's Illingworth
Dec 6 @ 9:00 am
Skipton @ Morrison's Illingworth | Halifax | United Kingdom
Ride Leader: John Southworth
Dec 9 @ 9:30 am
Ride Leader : Paul Barnes
Bonnie Scotland of Old meet at Oddfellows Rooms
Dec 11 @ 7:45 pm
Bonnie Scotland of Old @ Oddfellows Rooms | Halifax | United Kingdom
  We have some films shot in the 1930s advertising travel to, and within, Scotland and showing the way of life in the Highlands and Islands.
Dec 12 @ 9:30 am
Ride Leader : Graham Firth
Whalley meet at King Cross
Dec 13 @ 9:15 am
Whalley @ King Cross | Halifax | United Kingdom
Ride Leader: To be Confirmed

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Dave Power Dave Power 24 November 2015, 17:35

Director: Michael Curtiz
Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains
B/W 1942

A wonderful, wonderful film, up there with Shane as one of my top two. To see it on the big screen is to fully appreciate the masterpiece that it is. Superbly drawn characters and a supporting cast to die for, backed up with a brilliantly paced, sparklingly witty script and noir cinematography of the highest order.
Drink in the atmosphere of Rick’s Café Americain with its collection of desperate refugees, corrupt policemen, Claude Rains at his best, Nazi Officers, vagabonds and international eccentrics. So much cigarette smoke that by the end you’re feeling like a 40 a day man. Bogey, never better, and Bergman, beautiful and torn between the two men she loves. Listen to ‘As Time Goes By’ and you’re there with them. Such iconic lines too – “Play it Sam, play it one more time,” “Here’s looking at you kid,” “Of all the gin joints in all the towns,” and then of course, “The three of us don’t amount to a hill of beans etc..” Those final airport scenes tying it all together, Rick sacrificing the love of his life for what he knows is the right thing, and in doing so, rediscovering his own soul. Unsurpassable.
Dave Power Dave Power 24 November 2015, 17:33
If music is the soundtrack of our lives, which to my mind it is, then it follows that movies, the pictures, the flicks must be its wallpaper.
From an early age, well before the telly made an appearance in my front room, I have loved movies. A child of the 50s and 60s, the camp cinemas at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk and RAF Wildenrath in Germany have much to answer for! Remember those Saturday morning matinees, a staple in every young boy’s life. Do they still have them? A shilling to get in and see Tarzan’s latest adventures or maybe Roy Rogers the singing cowboy and his horse Trigger, along with the ubiquitous cliff hangers that were always shown beforehand - ‘Don’t miss next week’s exciting episode!’ A can of pop and a bag of hot popcorn for a tanner and the experience was complete. Watching Gary Cooper in High Noon for the first time, John Wayne in The Horse Soldiers and Alan Ladd in Shane, all with my father, himself a big western fan, are firmly etched in the memory banks as big events in my formative years. To heck with reality. It was pure escapism and all the better for it. Three years at RAF Wildenrath without any television at all (how did we survive?), going to the flicks at The Astra several times a week and getting the airmen, not that much older themselves, to take us into films that we were underage for. Then of course there was meeting that girl of the moment and going in to see anything really – you weren’t there for the films on those occasions. Where else could you get to be alone? They had to pay their own way in of course; the pocket money didn’t stretch that far! Nothing risky and quite tame by today’s standards. An endless diet of Westerns, war films and other adventures surely made their mark and are now an inextricable part of my DNA. Happy days!
That magic and romance have never gone away. Nowadays, I get my fix, not in those dreadful multiplexes, but by supporting local independents, particularly when they are screening an old black and white noir. Entrance, a mug of tea and a biscuit, six quid. Ever seen Casablanca, The Third Man or Brief Encounter as they were meant to be seen? Up there mate, on that big screen. How can people NOT get Black and White. Just as likely though, I’m to be found in the comfort of my own back room indulging myself in any one of a number of old classics, movies that I wasn’t around to see the first time, together with others that I have become attached to over the years. American Graffiti, a movie I can watch over and over again, and indeed, have.
That’s where the Rainy Days come into it. There are those days when you have to be out and about, doing; but equally, there are those days when it’s wet and grey outside and you need somewhere to escape. It’s snug in here, so I think I’ll just spend some time with Humphrey Bogart or the divine and wonderful Barbara Stanwyck playing the femme fatale in Double Indemnity. Can an ankle bracelet and some lip balm really be that sexy? You bet!
Which brings us to my collection of 25 Rainy Day Movies. Favourite films, like favourite songs, are always going to be a personal thing. Some people will say, “What did he choose that for? How come he didn’t choose that one?” Each to their own, we’re all different. These for varying reasons mean the most to me. There are others I could have gone for, but when you’ve limited yourself to just 25, something’s got to give. For instance, I could have included any one of John Wayne’s Cavalry trilogy, or The Searchers, but The Horse Soldiers does it best for me. It’s not to say the others aren’t classics too. They clearly are and someone, somewhere would undoubtedly choose them. After much thought though, the movies that I have finally selected here have been narrowed down from a much larger total that I’ve watched and reviewed at home over the years. Not written in any particular order, although my top ten should be easily spotted, I hope that the reader will gain something of my own enthusiasm for these classics of the silver screen, and if they haven’t already seen them, maybe take some time out themselves one Rainy Day and get acquainted.

David Power – September 2015
Ian Scott Ian Scott 22 November 2015, 14:19
Four people turned out for the ride to Beryl's Mural today - Reid, James, Craig and myself. I'd worked out a route on the computer last night just in case (and left the print out at home!) and we decided to follow my recollection of where it went. We arrived safely in Morley with only a couple of wrong turns and found the mural. Breakfast in Sue's Kitchen and a retrace of the outward route saw us back at Elland for about 1:15pm.

A total of 37 miles for me, including Stump Cross to Elland and back at start and finish.

Thanks for the company.
Martin Bird Good one guys, too much ice potential for me. Out the afternoon - milder, wetter
22 November 2015, 14:28
Reid Anderson Great ride Ian and thanks to James and Craig for company. First visit to Morley and mural, excellent breakfast at Sue's Kitchen. Not sure what the traditional CTC route is but ours thanks to Ian was direct but quiet, via Hartshead, a bit of the Greenaway at Heckmondwike,and around the edge of Batley. Thanks to all for coming out today.
22 November 2015, 14:33
Eddie Energy Kind of wish I had joined you as I spent a few hours failing to locate orange flags at Brimham Rocks!
22 November 2015, 20:59
Graham Joyce Thanks, Ian, for leading the ride - sorry I couldn't join you. I was watching the track racing at the Ghent velodrome with 5000 spectators and a few armed police.
23 November 2015, 14:04
Alan Simpson Alan Simpson 15 November 2015, 16:28
I am having bad knee problems and will not be able to lead next sundays ride to beryl's mural. I hope a couple of weeks rest from cycling will help. Would it be possible for someone else to lead it instead please? Thanks a lot.
Graham Joyce Sorry I can't help (am away) but weather looks OK - cold but sunny. It would be great if someone could step forward and lead the ride, otherwise it will have to be an impromptu with a leader being found on the day
18 November 2015, 21:20
Peter Howells Sorry Alan - I'm working tomorrow.
21 November 2015, 21:45