The Clarion movement
nd the Clarion
newspaper established in
1891, one of its off shoots was a very
successful cycling secti
on formedin 1895. The slogan of the club was taken from William Morris's slogan “Fellowship is Life” and “Lack of Fellowship is death”.
Charles "Charlie"D Reekie, Secretary of
Manchester Clarion Cycling Club.
We’ll pitch our tents by a troutlet stream,Sink all sorrow, nor think of the morrow,
But look on life as a happy dream”
We’re praying for sunshine, but the weather gets wuss,Causing the campers to quietly kuss.”
At the first meeting of the shareholders in October 1897
The Clarion Cycling Club spent its winter months raising money to maintain its new property, to this end they were helped by theManchester Clarion choir who also organised concerts to pay for the clubhouse.
, unsurprisingly the lease was not renewed by Earl Egerton in June 1902.
It may have been a Utopian experiment but the mass unemployment of the 1930's forced the Handforth Clarion Clubhouse to close
The official opening was conducted by Hubert Humphries a Birmingham Councillor (later Mayor of Birmingham) on the 24th May 1936. Over 600 were present at opening and Sang the red flag
Of the Clarion Clubhouses that were opened by 1950 only
a handful remained
Ribble Valley – Lancashire
Tottington – Lancashire
Menston – Yorkshire
Sheldon – Birmingham
Dore Moor – Sheffield