Shropshire Historic Churches Trust

8th August 2017

Only 1 month to go and we are looking forward to the final few Churches registering.Many thanks to the 165 Churches that have already registered (if you are not sure that you have please look at our web page)

Click here for open churches in 2017


Gift Aid.

We think we are missing a trick here and took a tumble on 2015, so we are putting out a plea to you to ask all your sponsors to tick this box if they are tax payers and most importantly, give all the required information. Addresses and post codes have to be filled in to reclaim this lovely free money from the government!

If we match last year's figures we can increase our income by almost £3,500's free, let's have it! 

R+S Registration and Participation.

We really appreciate having 217 churches register last year...brilliant, but only 83 participated ...and by that we mean raised any money for the Shropshire Historic Churches Trust...the grant giving body many Shropshire churches rely on for grant aid. This year we would really like to get another 17 Churches to raise money to get us to 100!  The SHCT grant application forms now ask if the church applying has raised money by R+S.  So please try and participate if your church doesn't already, there are a few helpful hints below, or give us a ring and we will try and inspire you, we need you and you may need us one day!

R+S Get Together, 3 May , Trinity Centre.

This was a lovely first event with all Local Organisers invited to an evening of Certificate Presentations, short talks, simple refreshments and time to socialise.

The Archdeacon Revd. Paul Thomas presented the top 5 fundraising churches with their certificates, Clungunfod, St.Oswalds Oswestry, Church Aston , Shawbury and Hadnall, and quite a few members of their teams were able to be there for the event. Mr Stephen Winwood, Chairman of the SHCT took the opportunity to make a Grant presentation to Shawbury which helped remind us why we are all raising money for Ride+Stride, it was gratefully received with a lovely speech.

We plan to hold this event every other year in future, as we had some very positive feed back, next year we will be presenting the certificates in your own churches as we do appreciate that it is very important for the congregation to be part of the event too.

Can't Ride + Stride? May be you can.

Exercise bike in porch and stay dry  ....( Thankyou Whittington )

Benefice Pilgrimage.........( Thankyou Stottesdon Benefice ) Ring us for details.

Drive and Stride, fill your car with friends and drive between churches.

Choose a project to raise money for, eg. A new church gate?

Use Just Giving, it makes collecting money easy...ring Roger for help!

Do a sponsored dog walk, attach posters to a little saddle on its back....and carry a bucket for extra donations.

Park and Ride, and enjoy visiting town churches.

Toddlers Tootle around the churchyard.

Put out a Donation Box for Ride+Stride visitors.


Please remember to post your R+S event on your own website and in the Church / Benefice Magazine. The more each church advertises their own event the more they help everyone else's. 



This popular, National event takes place each year on the second Saturday in September, when cyclists, walkers and riders visit as many churches and chapels of all denominations, as possible between 10 am and 6 pm. The money raised through sponsorship and donations is divided equally between the participants' nominated church or chapel and the Trust, although the Trust retains the Gift-Aid element.



Visit the national Ride+Stride website HERE



Visit as many churches and chapels in your area as you can on Saturday 9th September 2017 between 10 am and 6 pm

Cycle ..... walk ..... ride ..... drive ... your choice

Click HERE to see who registered for last year's event.

County Organisers - Angela and Roger Hughes

R&S Treasurer - David Crowhurst 

R&S Publicity - Nick Paterson