Challenge for Hope Cycling Sportive Saturday April 14th 2018

After the success of last years Challenge for Hope Sportive we are doing it again. It’s on Saturday April 14th and will be hosted again by the Dursley Rugby Club, Stinchcombe GL11 6AJ. If you would like to enter and/or receive the newsletter just drop me an email to and I will send you all the details.

The 2018 cycle sportive is raising funds for the work done in Bluefields Nicaragua by The Peace and Hope Trust.            The people of this very poor town in the poorest country in Central America need all the help they can get. The Peace and Hope Trust does a great deal of work building schools, clinics and skill centres. They also set up and aid local projects to train unemployed people, feed children who would otherwise be malnourished and help protect vulnerable young people from exploitation. Education is key to breaking the cycle of poverty and the trust does all it can to get the poorest children into education in schools fit for purpose. They send out several containers each year full of donated equipment and materials for schools, clinics and hospitals in Bluefields.

You can help by riding in the 2018 Challenge for Hope Sportive.

After the success of last two year’s event, from which we raised over £7,000, we are hoping for an even greater turnout for this year’s ride. The 25, 40 and 70 mile rides will be fully way-marked with free refreshments on all the routes. There will be bacon butties to get you going and a bar and barbecue on your return. The start and finish is kindly hosted by Dursley Rugby Club in Stinchcombe GL11 6AJ and the new routes will take you through some of Gloucestershire’s most peaceful lanes. There are a couple of challenging hills on the 70 mile run but the 25 & 40 mile rides are relatively flat this year.

It’s just a £25 donation per household to enter but if you can give or add a little more with sponsorship it would be gratefully received.

Please email me at                                                           and I will send you all the details and an entry form. 



Tyndale Arts Week Exhibitions

Herron Sheltering. Oil. 16 x 12 inch. Framed. £380

Just one of the bird paintings I will be offering during the Tyndale Arts Week in the exhibition space at                                                                                                              Dursley Tabernacle Community Rooms.                                                             Saturday 7th  October    10am to 6pm                                                                            Sunday 8th October    10am to 4pm. 

This is a new event and we are all very excited but wondering if the word will get out so it would be great if you could spread the word. There is some wonderful work on offer so it would be a shame if no one got to see it.

A few of us will be working all day during the show so you are very welcome to come and chat.

I look forward to seeing you there.

You can view all the artists exhibiting at 

Laguna De Apoyo workshop appeal

I am so pleased to report that the appeal for the metalworking workshop in Nicaragua was a great success. I sent out £2,225 altogether and they are now well on the way to becoming thoroughly professional and self sufficient.  I had news the other day that they are now considering renting a shop in Granada to promote their work. I will eventually get some more photos and I will post a few for you to see.

    Very many thanks from Bella and the team !