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Paul Weller announces Forestry Commission gigs

13 January, 2014 at 14:00

Paul Weller has confirmed five forest gigs, appearing as part of the Forestry Commission’s Forest Live concert programme in spectacular woodland locations across the country.

It’s been thirty years since Paul Weller first exploded onto the music scene, suited and booted, and armed with statement tunes in The Jam. Blending the best of British with his love of Motown, Weller crafted a new landscape in the UK music scene thanks to an impressive portfolio of work including amongst others, Stanley Road, Illumination, 22 Dreams and 2013’s Sonik Kicks all hitting Number One. A significant figure in popular music for the past three generations, he remains a cultural icon.

Forest Live is an independent programme organised by the Forestry Commission bringing music to new audiences without commercial branding or sponsorship. Income from the concerts is spent on improving the woodland for both people and wildlife.

Following on from two sold out Forest Live dates last summer, Paul said of the 2014 shows, “It’s a favourite summer jaunt for me so I look forward to performing in a few of the forests that I haven’t played in a good while”.

Paul Weller plus special guests will be performing:

  • Saturday 14 June: Sherwood Pines Forest, Edwinstowe, Nr Mansfield, Notts.
  • Saturday 21 June: Bedgebury Pinetum & Forest, Nr Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
  • Friday 27 June: Dalby Forest, Nr Pickering, N Yorks.
  • Saturday 28 June: Cannock Chase Forest, Nr Rugeley, Staffs.
  • Friday 4 July: Delamere Forest, Nr Northwich, Cheshire.

Tickets £46.20 (including booking fee) go on sale at 9.00am Friday 17 January from the Forestry Commission box office tel 03000 680400 or buy online at www.forestry.gov.uk/music.

Info
www.paulweller.com
www.forestry.gov.uk/music

Jessie J concerts announced as part of Forest Live

16 December, 2013 at 13:00

The Forestry Commission are thrilled to reveal Jessie J has announced summer dates for 2014 as part of Forest Live, organised by the Forestry Commission, where concerts are performed in spectacular woodland locations around the country.

There hasn’t been a career in recent memory that has taken off so fast, so spectacularly and so all-consumingly as Jessie J’s. Highlights have included No 1 singles and two hugely successful albums that headed straight for the top with millions of sales worldwide, show-stopping performances in front of a global audience of billions at the London Olympics, a full-blown Saturday night prime-time TV career, extraordinary acts for charity that hit the headlines, Glastonbury festival and the Diamond Jubilee Concert.

With Jessie’s multi-platinum debut, ‘Who You Are’, she achieved the accolade of being the first UK solo artist to have six top-ten hits off one album including two No 1 singles: ‘Price Tag’ and ‘Domino’. Success continues with the 2013 release of her second power-pop album ‘Alive’ featuring the hit singles ‘Wild’, ‘It’s My Party’ and ‘Thunder’ alongside a sell-out UK arena tour.

Forest Live is an independent programme organised by the Forestry Commission bringing music to new audiences without commercial branding or sponsorship. Income from the concerts is spent on improving the woodland for both people and wildlife.

Commenting on the concerts, Jessie J said, “I made my Forest Live debut this summer with just one show which I loved so it’s great to be taking in another four Forest Live dates next year…………….see you there.”

Jessie J plus guest will be performing:

  • Friday 13 June: Sherwood Pines Forest, nr Edwinstowe, Notts.
  • Friday 20 June: Bedgebury Pinetum, nr Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
  • Friday 27 June: Cannock Chase Forest, nr Rugeley, Staffs.
  • Saturday 5 July: Delamere Forest, Nr Northwich, Cheshire.

Please note that the FC will no longer be selling tickets from the local forest office or Swinnerton Cycles and are only available through the box office and approved agents only.

Tickets £42.90 (including £3.90 booking fee) go on sale at 9.00am Thursday 19 December from the Forestry Commission box office tel 03000 680400 or buy online at www.forestry.gov.uk/music.

Info
www.jessiejofficial.com
www.forestry.gov.uk/music

Forthcoming Events – November/December 2013

5 November, 2013 at 19:00

A few events you may be interested in this and next month:

Thursday 14th November – Chase Trails Mid-week Maintenance
10am @ Swinnerton Cycles Forest Centre, Birches Valley
For more details see the event page on Facebook.

Sunday 24th November – Stile Cop Big Build Day
10am @ Stile Cop Bike Park (see here for directions)

Thursday 28th November – Chase Trails Mid-week Maintenance
10am @ Swinnerton Cycles Forest Centre, Birches Valley
For more details see the event page on Facebook.

Saturday 30th November – Christmas at Birches Valley
Christmas tree sales and Santa’s Grotto open at 10am @ Birches Valley. Santa’s Grand Arrival, along with his reindeer, will be at 11am.
For more details and opening times visit the Forestry Commission’s website.

Saturday 7th December – TrailPlus Adventure Challenge
Starting @ Tackeroo Caravan Site
Team adventure challenge event including trail running, mountain biking and kayak canoeing and special challenges.
For more details see the TrailPlus website.

One hell of a pile of rocks

25 August, 2013 at 22:00

Oh! My pry bar is twitching already…… Oh sorry, am I not supposed to say that? The latest delivery to Chase Trails. We won’t be giving a prize for selection of parking spot, but there won’t be any complaints either. So where is it going? Don’t worry yourself about that, you’ll find out in the next few weeks! As you can see from William lending his presence to give an idea of scale, these are no small stones. They come from the same origins as the rocks on the Stegosaurus, and yes, we will be getting more with the passage of time. We can find plenty of uses for nice gritstone like this.

But in the mean time…..

A skeleton crew was out on Sunday giving the Lower Cliff section some pruning. The last part of the run through the clearfell area is still to be completed from about two switchbacks from the end. You can expect Lower Cliff to be shut at some stage in the near future, for just one Sunday, whilst we repair the edge that has broken away. We’ll probably elevate the edge by about 5 foot, with a spring loaded lip, so if you get it wrong, we get some film of you going head first into that smelly pool at the foot of the hill – call it trail builder amusement! We like a good laugh occasionally….

Bruce

110 miles in one day!

24 July, 2013 at 12:00

UPDATE – Ellie completed her ride covering 111 miles in just over 13 hours.

For the full story, see Ellie’s “Just Giving” page here.

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One of our regular volunteers, Ellie Nadin, is riding from her backyard to Barmouth in one day …. that’s 110 miles. What’s most impressive is that she’s only just turned sixteen!.

In her Dad’s word’s, “My once couch potato daughter is fast becoming a serious endurance mountain biker, with a goal of riding from home to Barmouth on the Welsh coast, 110 miles, on Saturday 3rd August to raise funds for the Donna Louise Trust, who provide hospice, terminal and respite care for life limited and terminally ill children in Staffordshire and Cheshire.”
“…. shes riding at every opportunity now, and after taking a day off for her 16th Birthday this week, she’s put in over 150 miles in the last five days days alone ( very warm miles I might add!), including a 71 miler early on last Saturday morning.”

She can’t even be separated from her bike in her Prom Dress!

To find out the full story behind Ellie’s challenge, watch this video.

If you’d like to support this great cause, which has just gone past the £800 mark and smashed her original target of £200, please visit Ellie’s “Just Giving” page here.

Andrew

Show Your Support

22 July, 2013 at 18:30

It may not benefit mountain biking directly but without National Lottery funding, The Monkey Trail would not exist.

Please show your support for other cycling projects by voting for the Sustrans Connects2 project.by visiting the awards site here.

We’re back online…

22 July, 2013 at 06:00

I’ve been having a few computer based problems over the last couple of weeks so unfortunately our blog updates have suffered.

Recent work has included surfacing repairs and adding a drainage pipe to the ‘Bomb Hole’ berm. With the arrival of summer at long last, we’re hoping that the sump will remain dry for a good while but you never know with our weather…

Forthcoming Events – July 2013

28 June, 2013 at 12:00

A few events you may be interested in:

Sunday 7th July – Run & Ride Summer Classic MTB Race
After the success of last year’s event, the Cannock Chase Summer Classic is back for 2013. Held as before at the Tackeroo Campsite, the event will again be focused at the newbie of fun rider. Find out more here.

Wednesday 17th July – Cycleshack MTB Evening Summer Series
Starts at the Tackeroo campsite – check out their Facebook page for more details.

Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st July – Love Life Love Running – CANCELLED
Unfortunately, the LLLR team have had to cancel the event due to a lack of sponsors. Find out more here.

Wednesday 31st July – Cycleshack MTB Evening Summer Series
Another round of the series, starting at the Tackeroo campsite – check out their Facebook page for more details.

Reminder – Early car park closing this coming weekend

25 June, 2013 at 12:00

A quick reminder that the Birches Valley Visitor Centre car park will be closing early on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th for the Forest Live Music concerts. See here for full details.

All trails will remain open over the weekend.

Andrew

Last of the membership packs are in the post – honest!

24 June, 2013 at 12:00

On the membership front, did we mention the membership packs had been sent out? May be we did but just in case, and lest you were in any wee doubt of the mind, it gives me great pleasure to inform you (just in case you did not notice before), that despite a rather late start to mailing activities (and this being rather a long sentence to type), that the Chase Trails National & International Distribution Hub Membership Compilation & Dispatch Divisional Headquarters (CTNIDHMCDDHQ for short-ish) has been working tirelessly to finalise all membership packs.

I have just split two post boxes down the side (one nearly fully in half) trying to jam huge quantities of membership packs in, and get them mailed out to the party faithful. Why don’t they make post boxes from elastic? My life would be so much easier! And yes, I did go back and gaffa tape the post boxes back together, being the honest Trail Pixie that I am. The last few membership packs of the back-log should hit the post box by mid week this week (if I can find an unmolested post box to use).

To those that renewed, we thank you for your continued faith in our good work, and to the new members, we’re please that we have impressed you enough for you to seek out our web site and offer us your hard earned cash – we thank you deeply. The last few membership packs of the back-log, should hit the post box by mid week this week – apologies for the delay, and our thanks for your patience in this matter.

Bruce

No trail building Sunday 30th June

24 June, 2013 at 08:00

We will be holding a “committee meeting” to sort out some general admin stuff and discuss a few future plans.

Building as normal on Sunday 7th July.

The next mid week session will be in July – date to be confirmed.

Andrew