Cycling group receives donation to fund new bikes

Date: Wednesday 09 September 2015

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A village-based cycling group in Worcestershire has been backed by our team at Taylor Wimpey Midlands, to the tune of £500.

Honeybourne Bicycle Users Group (H-BUG for short), which is based in the village of Honeybourne near Evesham, has used the money to buy two specialist ‘Frog’ bikes for local children to use.

The bikes – for children aged between six and 10 – had their first outing at the H-BUG Family Event on Saturday 29th August at Honeybourne Sports and Recreation Field, which was attended by Amanda Larner, Sales Executive at our Fair Acres development in the village.

The group’s leader Steve Bullen says: “The money means that local children who couldn’t afford bicycles can still get involved and enjoy cycling with H-BUG. Taylor Wimpey’s donation means that every child in the village now has the opportunity to cycle.”

Anne Wallace, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey Midlands, says: “We’re dedicated to supporting the communities where we build, and as we are building new homes at Fair Acres in Honeybourne at the moment we were only too pleased to support this local cycling initiative.

“We hope that the two bikes bought with our donation will help local children enjoy this excellent outdoor sport.”

The village’s cycling group was founded in 2012 and now has more than 100 members – local residents, children and their families – who can take part in weekly bike rides.

Retired Mr Bullen (67) says: “We’re basically encouraging children and their mothers to ride a bike safely, and to enjoy their cycling in a social environment.”

Mr Bullen leads all the cycle rides himself, gradually moving club members up from very short rides to 50-mile jaunts in under four hours, and then to hill-climbing.

“I’m also chairman of Evesham Wheelers,” Mr Bullen explains. “So our village group has become in effect a nursery club for Evesham. My aim is to eliminate all the excuses for not cycling, and to get as many children as possible onto a bike.

“I like to think I’ve changed the culture of the village, so it’s now a cycling village. Cycling is such a great activity. It doesn’t matter how bad you feel, if you get on a bike and go any distance at any speed, you will get some benefit from it.”

There’s currently a choice of three, four and five-bedroom homes available at Fair Acres.