Historic Churches Trust

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Holy Immanuel

in aid of churches and chapels in Shropshire

(church images by David Taylor)

St Michael's
Stanton Long


This popular, National event takes place each year on the second Saturday in September, when cyclists, walkers and riders visit as many places of worship, 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. 

How are we doing, so far, in 2014?

Registration forms are rolling in nicely, and a big thank you to all who have sent in their forms so far; those on email will, hopefully, have received a confirmation of receipt from us. 
We have received some very inventive ideas from churches and chapels all designed to encourage Riders and Striders to visit their church this year.  St John the Baptist at Whittington has a Heritage and WW1 weekend.  St Chad's, Shrewsbury, is Grade 1 Georgian Church  has very strong railings for lassoing your horse or bike to.  St John's Methodist Church, Whitchurch, have a coffee morning, AND a sponsored Hymn Singing in the afternoon.  St Michael's, High Ercall, are serving afternoon tea and are  hoping to have a Recorder group playing, plus a hint of extra treats (as yet unconfirmed).
All Saints, Baschurch, are offering squash and biscuits and hosting a wedding as well at 2pm (toilet unavailable then).  A plea from Emmanuel Church, Harlescott: Riders+Striders don't seem to be finding them..... they are at the top of Mount Pleasant Road, between the schools!  St George's, Frankwell, had the Town Crier pop in to see the team getting in some practice for the big day (see photo, below).  At Cound you can see a WW1 display in the nearby Guildhall once you have signed in at St Peter's Church.  Of course we have many other churches and chapels open and ready to offer refreshments to participants, and a warm welcome (where manned), and many with toilets.  Keep checking the list via the Registrations link below, left, and for those yet to spark please send in your registration forms to us ASAP!   We are still at the excitable stage in anticipating our post each morning, but we still need more churches and chapels to respond if we are going to match last year’s magnificent total of £24,966 (including Gift Aid).  Thank you everyone!

 Angela and Roger

County organisers, Roger and Angela Hughes (on left) with members of the St George's Church,
Frankwell, team preparing for the 2014 event

New Team!

County Organisers -
Angela and
Roger Hughes

R&S Treasurer -
David Crowhurst

Forms for this year's event have been sent out by post, and are now available for downloading. 

2014 Registrations
Ninety-seven churches have now registered for this year's event.  Click here to see list.  Have you sent your form in yet??

Please click here to see the results for last year's event.


The 2013 certificate presented to St Milburga, Church Stretton, after raising £886.00

Visit as many churches and chapels in your area
as you can on

13 September 2014
10 am - 6 pm

Cycle ..... walk ..... ride .....  canoe ....  your choice!

County co-organiser, Roger Hughes with
 Shrewsbury Town Crier, Martin Wood 

National Ride+Stride Web Site

You can either
ride ...

or stride ..

for the ...

Shropshire Historic Churches Trust

to help your church or chapel


Why not get your sponsors to use

as well as Gift Aid.  It's really worth it




(Left)  The St Milburga's RC  Church riders and striders, with their certificates (L-R): Miriam Elliot-Smith, Helen Foster and Stephen O'Donohue, together with Rev Amrose Nicholson.  The team raised £886.00 with a further potential £143.75 in Gift Aid.

(Right)  The Hadnall R+S team, Gordon Corbett, Preb Rob Haarhoff and Tom Slack, with their certificates for raising the highest sum in the Salop Archdeaconry for the 2013 event.  Presenting the certificates were the SHCT Chairman, Stephen Winwood (on left), and Angela Hughes, R+S County Co-organiser for 2014.  The Hadnall team raised £1,367.50, with an additional £185.30 eligible in Gift Aid




2013 Results

Despite our initial reservations the total sum raised by participants who rode (on wheels or horses), strode, or just got sponsored for stewarding was just over £21,000 plus some £340 raised from on-line donations (substantially up this time).  With the anticipated Gift Aid rebate from HMRC of just over £3,000 you have achieved a very satisfactory result for the SHCT and your own places of worship.   very big thank-you from the Trust to all riders, striders, sponsors, donors, local organisers, church/chapel-manners, refreshment-providers and anyone else involved in making the day a success.  It is hard to say whether the Festival of Churches weekend event helped to boost support for the Ride + Stride but more discussions on that topic will continue next year. Top scorers, less Gift Aid, were, again, Hadnall (Lichfield Diocese) who raised £1,367.50 and St Milburga's RC Church, Church Stretton who raised £886.00.  Certificates have now been presented to participants.  

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