Edingley will be out in force for the OVO Energy Tour of Britain on Wednesday 6 September as Stage Four of Britain’s biggest professional cycle race passes through.

Details of the Stage Four route, including an interactive map and timings can be found here. The route of the Nottinghamshire stage passes through Edingley after around 43-kilometres of racing, shortly before heading through Southwell.

Parish Councillor Maurice Needoff says: “A range of community activities are being planned for residents and visitors alike, making it an ideal place to watch the cycling action. The race is scheduled to pass through the village at 12.25 but the main street will be in festive mood well ahead of that time as the atmosphere builds up. We want as many people to come along on the day. We’re also looking for volunteers to help put things into place in advance.”

 

  • Street art. We’re aiming to transform the village into a kaleidoscope of colour with a cascade of yarn bombing and yellow bikes.
  • Yarn bombing. Local knitters are busy preparing colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn with which they will ‘dress the village’ for the Tour.
  • Yellow bike blitz. Specially painted yellow bikes will appear along the main route through the village, in homage to the legendary yellow Tour de France jersey. Already we reckon we’re well on track to set the record for the most yellow bikes in any local village with dozens lined up to be painted. Look out for the yellow bikes in unusual places around the village. After the event, the bikes will be recycled and put to use by a cycling charity.
  • The Old Schoolroom. The newly expanded and refurbished Old Schoolroom community hall will be open for tea, coffee and cakes. It’s right on the tour route so spectators won’t miss any of the action.
  • Edingley community cycle ride. Edingley won’t just be spectating on the Tour day. A community cycle ride is planned to leave the village an hour after the main event with a choice of 10-mile and 20-mile routes. The ride is open to anyone who wants to take part, young and old and in between. Just rock up and be ready for a planned 1.30 departure.
  • The Old Reindeer village pub. Right on the Tour route, the pub will be open as usual for food and drink.

If you’re from Edingley, Nottinghamshire, or are just interested in getting involved, details are below!

Become a yarn bomber – we’re looking for as many knitters as possible to contribute to this guerrilla street art. Contact Gill Hillyer 01623 237330 / gill@lofthandmade.co.uk

Join the yellow bike blitz – you may have an old bike to donate or have ladders, locks or other equipment that can help us fix them in place. Contact Ben Ian 0770 3041247 / bennyboy78@yahoo.co.uk or Tom Chalkley on 07769 891301 / tc3839@live.co.uk

Dress the village – help put the bikes and yarn bombing up in the week before the event. Contact Maurice Needoff 01623 882176 / mauriceandmel@yahoo.com

Old Schoolroom – contact Sue Thornton 01623 882548 / suethorntonrem@gmail.com or Diana Poole 01623 882106 / dandapoole@aol.com

Community cycle ride – contact Dominic Byrne 07956 570250 / byrne.dominic@gmail.com

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