Sheffield FridayNightRide

we have nothing to lose but our chains

2016/06/17 Sheffield’s Scattered Homes

​Fri 17 June
Sheffield’s Scattered Homes
(longest Friday, ​and SFNR’s ​8th b’day​!!!)
Start Barkers Pool 6.30pm (Sharp! pls)

Its SFNR’s 8th birthday and our 88th ride – birthday drinks at the Gardener’s Rest at the end of the ride will be well deserved, because we have no halfway drinks stops.
Ever been on a SFNR? Can’t make this ride? – just come along for the drinks.
Pat and Eddie have been good supporters of SFNR and their magical garden has some woodburners
“On the Porch”, an Americana band are playing incl some Hank Williams &
all cyclists shd be able to sing, “Take these chains from my heart …”

In the late C19th the Poor Law Guardians started a “scattered homes” system where poor children were taken from their families in the workhouses and housed in small groups with a housekeeper to look after them, eg feeding, hygiene and making sure they went to school. The system was adopted elsewhere in the country. The programme ceased during WWII but many of the houses are still associated with care and shelter for vulnerable people. We are going to ride to the sites of some of these homes and talk about care and ‘upbringing’ ​ending up in a pub to carry on ….
(As a taster listen to this 30 min BBC documentary about the Scattered Homes; I guarantee you will have tears in yr eyes by the end)
Pls do some prep: pls listen to the documentary.
Trust me, it will enhance yr experience


Ride with gps

Heads up!
A ride in and around the city and across the Don and up into Pitsmoor and beyond.
Some of the ride is on bits of busy roads – so just take care!
Bring LIGHTS, LOCKS and a spare inner tube
Dress appropriately

Ride organised by Rachel and Mick
Our ride research notes are here