Date announced for 2016 Bike Ride
Sunday 4 September
The 2016 Felix Byam Shaw Celebration Event will be based on the highly successful cycle rides held in 2014 and 2015. It was Milo Frank’s idea to hold a bike ride to raise money in memory of his friend Felix. This was repeated in 2015 and, by popular demand, the cycle ride will be back again this year!
Donations are most welcome to the following account:
Account Name: Felix Byam Shaw Foundation
Account No: 04385292
Sort Code: 18-00-02
Coutts Bank, 440 Strand, London WC2 0QS
Registered Charity Number 1158971
Felix Hedgehog Project Launch - Thursday 21st April 2016
Thursday 21 April would have been Felix’s 16th birthday. This year the first Oxford Hedgehog day took place in our garden at 27 Northmoor Road, Oxford, OX2 6UR, to mark the day and to launch the Felix Hedgehog Project. We have created a hedgehog-friendly garden to show our friends and neighbours to inspire you to join our campaign to make North Oxford a permanent haven for hedgehogs.
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Felix’s Godmother Tracey Camilleri reports from the 2015 Felix Byam Shaw Celebration Event
On the morning of Sunday 6 September, around 250 of Felix’s family and friends met near Oxford at Islip Village Hall in the sunshine. Most were wearing red shirts in a salute to Felix’s beloved Liverpool. The reason? To complete a 50km (or 15km for the young, the old, the easy-going, the hung-over) bike ride around Otmoor, culminating in a stupendous barbecue. The idea was to bring everyone together for a day of fun, shared memories and ideas about some of the projects started by the Felix Byam Shaw Foundation. The 2015 outing was a reprise from last year’s bike ride – a brilliant idea of Milo Frank’s.
This year Gary and Amanda Frank, Nick and Hattie King, Mark White, Paul Denvir and Jane Byam Shaw formed an organising committee of rare talent and acuity. Marshals were marshalled and equipped with red hi-viz jackets with Felix’s name on the back. They were stationed along the route and fed occasionally from an itinerant love truck full of flapjacks and flasks of tea. Mostly they marshalled well. They cheered at a few random cyclists on non-Felix bike rides, foolish enough to wear red, as well as urging on their own. Some marshals lost their way and had to be guided by the cyclists. Some were over-confident and skipped the briefing. The cyclists were stellar. Only one chain fell off (20 metres from the start), one team veered off the route (again, 20 metres from the start), there were a couple of pearlers into bushes, one or two problems with gears but largely just a glorious swathe of athletic cycling through a beautiful September day.
The Rev Charlotte Bannister-Parker was stationed at the church at Woodeaton. Many riders stopped and lit a candle in the church or put a red rose on Felix’s grave. The tall team leaders took good care of their flocks and, largely, had the best lycra-wear. ‘It is not a race’, they were reminded.
The cooks and scullery maids did an amazing job – there was a veritable feast waiting for all of us when we got back to Islip. We had a raffle with prizes generously donated by friends and local businesses – lots of people went away with fantastic prizes.
The day was a great celebration of friendship and family – of love for Felix and for Jane, Justin and Dan, too. At the end of the day, as the scullery maids sat down for a well-earned spritzer, some of the red balloons with Felix’s name drifted up into the blue sky over the church spire. Finally, on our way home we stopped at the church yard. Felix’s grave was covered in red roses, Justin’s wild flower garden was still in the sun, there was a butterfly flying peacefully around Felix’s bench and we thought how he would have loved the day made so special by everyone who took part.
First newsletter from the Foundation
Read about how the Foundation is evolving, The Felix Hedgehog Project, The Felix Food project, our sponsorship for a sports day for meningitis amputees, fund-raising events for the Foundation and our long-term plan to acquire a woodland wildlife reserve.