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


National Ride+Stride Web Site

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. 

Ride+Stride - 13 September 2014

     The weather was just perfect (dry, not too warm and NO rain or wind) for the Riders and Striders who took to the roads, pavements, footpaths and, in one case, a field which is where the Greek Orthodox Church is to be found on the outskirts of Shrewsbury, just off Sutton Road.
     It was great to see groups of all sizes enjoying refreshments and companionship in churches and chapels around the county. The first group we met up with were in St George's Frankwell, having used Park and Ride to start their day from Yockleton, and Roger waved off the Shrewsbury Walking for Health group of ladies (photo)from St Nicholas's church (now a health spa) before we joined up and spotted the Boreatton Scouts (photo) leaving All Saints, Castlefields, still finishing off their bacon sandwiches.
     We took to the car to visit outlying churches and whilst we know that some, sadly, didn't receive many visitors (in a couple of cases.....none) it was lovely to see the variety of imaginative events and displays that had been put on to entice Riders and Striders to visit: Harvest Festival, church history, WW1 and art exhibitions, and home-made crafts; we came home laden!

At our last stop at St Michael and All Angels, High Ercall, we met Penny Styles on her electric bike (photo) and made a note that our arriving just as afternoon tea was finishing meant we enjoyed a double helping of cakes!  On our way home we spotted Eric Millington on his racing bike, and stopped for a chat.  Starting at Astley at around 9.30 am to get some photographs he had just clocked up 58 miles and still had to get back to Wolverhampton, amazing!
     We really appreciate the time and effort everyone put in to make this such an enjoyable .. ... and hopefully profitable day; so a big thank you to everyone who took part, from the Riders and Striders, and their sponsors, to those who patiently manned the churches and chapels throughout the county and offered participants a warm welcome and refreshments (especially those wonderful cakes). 
Results!  What an incredible result: 24.168 raised on 13 September by riders and striders, so a very big thank you to participants, sponsors and donors for helping us raise this magnificent total.  Please click here to view result details.


Angela and Roger
Ride+Stride County Organisers

County Organisers -
Angela and
Roger Hughes

R&S Treasurer -
David Crowhurst

2014 Registrations
182 churches registered for this year's event.  Click here to see list.

Please click here to see the results for 2013.


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 .....  drive ...  canoe ....  your choice!

County co-organiser, Angela Hughes, signs in Martin Locke on his return to St Mary's Astley, after visiting 21 churches 

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 were presented to participants earlier this year (see images, above).  

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