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?
Yes we know, we've got carried away and have added Drive, but if
Cambridgeshire can do it so can we! (and they got the idea from other
It's a great idea as many churches are very isolated or in hilly parts of
the county which makes even a walking route difficult, and it is ideal for
the less mobile, enabling them to drive to as many churches as possible.
You could perhaps drive to a town and visit a group of churches, all within
easy walking distance of each other. We don't think that driving detracts
from the effort put in by those doing it the hard way, as by using a car
more people can participate.
Registrations are still rolling in, but we could do with some more active
participant so if you are still thinking about whether to take part ...
please do! Get friends to join you, get your bike, boots, horse or your car, enjoy
the day and, most importantly, get sponsors!
We are really hoping for a good weather and a big turn out on Saturday 13
September. See you on the day!
Nick Paterson and Skippy Jones
with the St Chad's banner
Many churches have extra events on the day so check the registrations list
for details. Here’s just a small selection ….
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. Click
here to see what the Boreatton Scout Troop are doing ...
Keep checking the registrations list link below, left, and for those
yet to spark please send in your registration form to us ASAP, send an
e-mail or give us a ring. 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
County organisers, Roger and Angela Hughes (on left) with members of the St
Frankwell, team preparing for the 2014 event
County Organisers -
R&S Treasurer -
for this year's event are available for
With less than a month to go 164 churches have
registered for this year's event. Click
here to see list. Have
you sent your form in yet? It's not too late!
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
or stride ..
Shropshire Historic Churches Trust
help your church or chapel
Why not get your sponsors to use
as well as Gift Aid. It's really
(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.
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
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 were presented to
participants earlier this year (see images, above).