Lake Vyrnwy Bike Ride in aid of Sarn Recreation Association

Focus School Newtown Campus is based in Mid Wales in the small village of Sarn attended by members of the PBCC in Newtown and Shrewsbury.  During the school year of 2012/2013, the students saw an urgent need in the village for funds to repair the tennis courts and re-surface the village hall carpark.  These facilities are widely used by the villagers and the students for a variety of events.

The school council set their targets high and brainstormed the most feasible way of raising this money.  Finally the decision was made to do a sponsored bike ride around the Lake Vyrnwy Reservoir which is approx 11.75 miles round.

Plymouth Brethren Lake Vyrnwy

2 weeks before….

Plymouth Brethren Lake Vrynwy

On the day

Students of the school council spent the next 2 to 3 months planning this event down to the smallest detail to ensure the day ran smoothly.  All students from Yr 6 to Yr 13 were included in this event.  The school council arranged a catering team for the event, a team of adults to supervise the students, refreshment teams, first aiders, and co-ordinated the gathering of sponsors.

Students were encouraged to get sponsored by individual members of the brethren and also from outside the community.  PBCC Businesses nationwide and locally were also willing to show their support and contributed generously.

Despite being postponed once or twice due to heavy snow, on the 25th April 2013 the day had finally dawned!!

42 students

4 school buses

28 helpers (Including the catering team)

3 Vans

5 Marquees……and lots of food and refreshments, congregated at the lake.

Plymouth Brethren Lake Vrynwy

The Bikers…

2008 miles were cycled in one day in a total of 170 laps.  One enthusiastic student cycled 7 laps of the lake which is approx 82 miles raising £814.50!!

The day was an amazing success raising £15,100.47 (including gift aid) with the largest single sponsor of £500.

Once the gift aid had been claimed, the students were finally able to present the cheque to two members of the Sarn Recreation Association on 7th April 2014.

Plymouth Brethren lake Vrynwy

Handing over the cheque of the funds raised!

Plymouth Brethren Lake Vrynwy

The Results!

A  fantastic newly resurfaced tennis court and carpark!


Well done PBCC in Shrewsbury and Newtown!


23 thoughts on “Lake Vyrnwy Bike Ride in aid of Sarn Recreation Association”

  1. Gladys says:

    Well Done all of you kids! Great work!

  2. nicola says:

    i agree

  3. Geoffory says:

    Wikid bikes, fair play on the riders!!! (especially the ‘enthusiastic’ one!!)

  4. ?1? says:


  5. Gertrude says:

    Nice bikes!
    keep it up! 🙂

  6. Maude says:

    good work………….keep it up kids!!

  7. Sally says:

    well done all……….this is excellent!!! and the tennis courts are
    awesome………enjoy!! 🙂

  8. Maude says:

    looks such fun! 🙂
    community must have really appreciated it………

  9. Gertrude says:

    epic! keep it up… 🙂
    nice tennis courts…..!

  10. Daisy says:

    This is fantastic!!!! this needs to happen lots more….it really enthuses the kids!!! keep it up!!!

  11. cyco says:

    Wowsers! That’s brilliant! I bet the community were thrilled!! Plus those tennis courts look awesome…situated in the heart of Wales!!

  12. jbm :) says:

    Incred stuff…nice work….the town must’ve really appreciated that.
    good smiling, LCD….
    from your cuz in Scotland…

  13. Granny says:

    I bet those bikers were sore! But it was worth it for the results!!

    Well done!!

  14. Roots says:

    WELL DONE!!!!!
    You may be small in numbers, but you sure make it up in spirit and enthusiasm, a very worthy cause and great to help the community, it will be remembered by all!!
    Good to see you’re on the map, keep it up, you can do as much as them all no worries!!

  15. Spoke says:

    mint stuff.
    nice tennis courts.
    keep it up.

  16. jimmy says:

    Great stuff!!

  17. ric says:

    nice bikes well done

  18. 3 cheers from Toulon!!! says:

    well done u lot!!!
    how’s everyone in Shrewsbury and Newtown?! 🙂
    keep it up!

    1. And from Düsseldorf!!! says:

      cheers, you are a great help!

    2. And from Paris, says:

      WELL DONE!!

  19. Anonymous says:

    I wonder why you have the cheque submitted on the 7th of April if the race was held on the 25th of April.

    Gordon Simmonds

    1. Anonymous says:

      It’s May isn’t it??? Or are their dates in reverse????

    2. Anonymous2 says:

      The bike ride was 2013, cheque submitted 2014.

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