Shropshire Historic Churches Trust

19th Septrembner 2016:

Ride+Stride took place on Saturday 10th Sept. on a lovely sunny day, with 217 churches and chapels opening their doors across Shropshire to cyclists, walkers and visitors to raise funds for the Shropshire Historic Churches Trust.


We have already heard back from churches who had a lovely day, welcoming participants, serving refreshments, some hosting events and many sending out their own teams of cyclists or walkers to tour the county. Sadly some churches did not receive  any visitors, often due to their remote locations, but the unmanned churches that we visited all had their Welcome poster up, a jug of squash and box of biscuits ready,  so thank you Hordley, Knockin and Maesbrook!


On our travels we met with a lovely welcome and twice in one church as I left my file behind! All ages seemed to be taking part, Octogenarians Mr Don Howard and Mr Philip Morris were ready at 10am with a welcome and refreshments at Whittington and at Kinnerley we met Mrs Harrison, 96 enjoying a scone and tea at their regular Saturday coffee morning.

At Great Ness we spoke to six year old Harry Crisp after cycling through a puddle to get to Great Ness with his mother Natalie. At Little Ness ...another lovely little church, we met septuagenarians Mr and Mrs Pritchard newcomers to Shropshire, and they were running between churches, we were so impressed! Ruyton 11Towns had a very young organist, another Harry, practicing for the Sunday service, and he did his best to sound very interested in R+S.

In the afternoon we led a group around Shrewsbury churches and the Greek Orthodox Church gave us an excellent talk on the grade 1 listed building and on the Greek Orthodox faith, the Unitarian church on the High St. did the same only on the Unitarian faith, and we were very lucky as a friend managed to get the key to Old St Chads, so we managed a quick visit in there as well.


So thank you everyone for opening your churches and chapels, for welcoming visitors and participants, making refreshments, for riding and striding ( most important!) and a big thank you to our sponsors too and to those who have sent a donation, every pound raised is another slate on a roof!

Please can you send your sponsor money to our R+S Treasurer Rev. Preb. David Crowhurst.


A date for your diary next year...Ride+Stride will be on Saturday 9th Sept. 2017.


The best idea we picked up this year was from Whittington who in the past have had an exercise bike in the church no one was fit enough to take to the roads...what a brilliant idea! Dry, safe, tea and cake within reach....please send us more bright ideas!

Angela and Roger Hughes.

Ride+Stride County Organisers.


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