Sad news about the loss of two long standing club members

Earlier this week we lost two very valued members of our Club  .Anne Hutchinson has kindly penned some thoughts on why both were so important to us. I hope that a goodly number of us can attend the funerals. I will advise you about Wendy's funeral arrangements as soon as I hear.

Len Howard, Club Secretary

After being in RLI for over five weeks Wendy Lyth passed away on Monday 15th April, from an undiagnosed illness. She will be sadly missed by her wide circle of friends. She had so many interests and was much loved by all. She was such a kind and generous person, always interested in what everyone was doing. Even when in hospital she wanted to know about the cycling social events she had missed.

Although not a keen cyclist herself she embraced the cycling group with open arms, especially after the death of her husband David seven years ago. She bought herself a Brompton and took part in many of our activities. She enjoyed social events and organised one of the ‘Thursday riders’ group highlights of the year - afternoon tea in her beautiful garden. Almost always the weather contributed to making this a fantastic event, enjoyed by all. She will be sadly missed. Funeral arrangements will be circulated when known. As at Dave’s funeral it would seem appropriate for some of us to attend with our cycles.


Early on Tuesday morning 16th April we were very sad to hear that Bill Sellers had died peacefully in Cartmel Grange Nursing Home where he had been living for the past few years. Many of our club riders had known Bill for many years -  Dave Huglll probably the longest as he was taught by Bill at Morecambe Grammar School! Mike Hutchinson had known Bill for over twenty five years after meeting him by chance at Devil’s Bridge Kirkby Lonsdale. Knowing both of them,  this was probably a long conversation, but as a result of this Bill became a regular, if spasmodic, rider with both the Thursday riders and on Sundays. He had an amazing knack of finding the ride along its route, riding with us all for several miles before peeling off to visit a friend, and then like a homing pigeon reappearing again later in the day.

In June 2005 Bill rode the old course of the Audax Bowland Populaire. Unlike those who rushed round in the shortest possible time Bill saw the event as a day out meeting up with friends on the way. At the finish in Bull Beck Car Park Mike received several phone calls plotting Bill’s journey until, long after most had finished, Bill arrived. 

In July 2009 many of the Thursday riders and lots of BIll’s other friends gathered at his house for what was to become an annual event - an afternoon tea party, the first one being to celebrate BIll’s 80th birthday. Everyone missed these meet ups when Bill had to move to Grange. 

Bill’s funeral will take place on Mon 13th May at 12.30pm at Beetham Crematorium, and afterwards at a local pub or hotel.

Wendy Lyth's funeral will be on Thursday May 2nd at 2.30 pm, at Christ Church in Carnforth, followed by commital at Beetham Crematorium and tea at Longlands hotel. All members are welcome , and it would be good if some of us could attend in cycling gear.

Anne Hutchinson