Community Together CIC launches new Tamworth Cycle Festival

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Community interest company launches new Tamworth Cycle Festival

Flourishing community interest company Community Together CIC is launching a brand-new cycle festival in Tamworth this summer.

Tamworth Cycle Festival will take place throughout the Castle Grounds on Saturday, June 30.

The free event will include a fun, friendly two-mile cycle and 30-mile challenge organised by British Cycle. Other activities and attractions will include stalls, bike security, safety and maintenance, ‘have-a-go’ BMX and mountain bikes, children’s crafts, live music, a wheelie competition, the chance to win a £200 bike in the festival raffle and a visit from the Staffordshire Bike Bus.

Community Together CIC project lead Lee Bates said: “We’re very excited to bring the Cycle Festival to Tamworth. There will be something for everyone on the day from beginners to advanced riders.

“There is a lot of cycling activity across Tamworth and we wanted to bring those partners together to make the community aware of what’s on offer and how to get involved.

“This is a great time of year to start thinking about getting involved in cycling. It’s an activity that can be enjoyed as a family, by individuals and as a group. Plus, it’s social and it’s good for your physical health and mental health.”

Tamworth Cycle Festival is being organised in partnership with British Cycling, Tamworth BMX Club, Tamworth Mountain Bike Club, Tamworth Cycling Club, Dave Owen Cycles, 2 Wheels Only, Tamworth Borough Council, Staffordshire County Council and Staffordshire Police.

Festival-goers will be able to take part in the two-mile cycle, which will run throughout the day and will be marshalled by Tamworth Sea Cadets. Participants will be able to join the ride at any point with no registration required.

British Cycling’s 30-mile challenge will see cyclist ride from Tamworth Castle Grounds to Whittington Barracks, past Wilnecote’s 2 Wheels Only cycle shop and back into the town centre.

Activities will take place in and around Community Together CIC’s Activity Centre, based at the former Tamworth Swimming Baths site at 2 River Drive in the Castle Grounds, opposite the Tennis Courts.

Dave Owen cycles will be on hand on the day offering bike maintenance workshops and has donated a bike worth £200 for the raffle draw.

Jonny Paul, assistance manager at Dave Owen Cycles, said: “We’ve been here in the Castle Grounds for more than seven years and we’ve tried to help the community out as much as possible in that time so it’s nice to see different businesses and community groups involved in cycling come together for this festival. To celebrate that we are donating a bike up to the value of £200.

“We’re also looking forward to hosting a stall on the day where we will be helping to educate people in Tamworth on simple bike maintenance.”

Tamworth specialist cycle shop 2 Wheels Only is sponsoring the festival’s Wheelie Competition, which will begin at 1pm and offers competitors the chance to win cycling goodies.

2 Wheels Only company director Nik Wood said: “It’s great that everybody involved in cycling in Tamworth is coming together for the festival to encourage people to try cycling, ride more or get back on a bike if they haven’t been able to for some time.

“Lots of kids are about doing wheelies and they seem to be very good at it, so it’s cool to be able to put on a competition specifically for them that will enable them to put what they’ve learned into practice and win a prize.”

Tamworth Cycle Festival will take place on Saturday, June 30 from 11am to 4pm in the Castle Grounds.

For more information about the event call Community Together CIC on 01827 59646 or email


For press information contact Lee Bates, Project Lead, on 07496 355946 or email


Community Together CIC in world record attempt for Staffordshire Day

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Tamworth’s Community Together CIC in world record attempt for Staffordshire Day

Growing community interest group Tamworth Community Together CIC will attempt to set the record for the world’s biggest oatcake in celebration of Staffordshire Day on Tuesday, May 1.

Volunteers will bake the county favourite when the group hosts a community event in the Castle Grounds from 10am to 3pm.

The current known record stands at 24 inches in diameter, with Community Together CIC hoping to create an oatcake of at least 30 inches.

“It’s the third consecutive Staffordshire Day on Tuesday, May 1 when people across the county are encouraged to promote all things Staffordshire and their area,” explained Steve Hodgetts, Community Together CIC director. “The idea is for villages, towns and cities to encourage people to visit other places in Staffordshire and vice-versa, and we’ve been invited to take part.

“The oatcake is a famous Staffordshire bake and we want to make the world’s biggest. A couple in Fenton made an attempt a couple of years ago, but it wasn’t recognised by Guinness World Records. The guidelines say it that for a new campaign to be considered it has to be something people want to repeat.

“We’re hoping to be trailblazers and get Guinness World Records to recognise the ‘world’s biggest oatcake’ as an official Guinness feat.  We’re aiming to make an oatcake that’s at least 30inches in diameter, six inches bigger than the Fenton attempt.”

The Staffordshire oatcake is a savoury pancake made from oatmeal, flour and yeast. Its origins date as far back as the Middle Ages. It was popularised during the 18th century when the oatcake was the staple diet of the potteries folks.

As well as the record attempt, Community Together CIC is hosting a range of free fun-filled activities including a ‘make your own’ Staffordshire oatcake, children’s crafts and a Staffordshire quiz. Also on offer all day will be half-price pottery painting.

After the oatcake has been baked and enough evidence has been gathered to submit the record attempt, the savoury pancake will be cut and enjoyed with afternoon tea.

Community Together CIC’s Guinness World Record attempt will take place on May 1 in the Activity Centre at the former Tamworth Swimming Baths site at 2 River Drive in the Castle Grounds, opposite the Tennis Courts.

For more information about the event, Community Together CIC sessions, workshops and volunteer opportunities, call 01827 59646 or email


 For press information contact Lee Bates, Project Lead, on 07496 355946 or email