County Organisers -
R&S Treasurer -
210 churches or chapels
have now registered. See link in centre panel.
NB: rural post codes may cover several addresses / buildings!
for downloading are available now. Click
here to access the folder.
Visit as many churches
and chapels in your area
as you can on
12 September 2015
10 am - 6 pm
Cycle ..... walk ..... ride ..... drive
... your choice
200 barrier broken!
HERE to see the
of churches and chapels which registered for the event
If you need any of the forms
you can download them via the Forms Page by clicking
The 2015 Ride+Stride official launch at St Alkmund's Church
(Image courtesy of the Shropshire Star)
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
Firstly a huge thank you to all the local organisers, the 209 churches that
opened , all the participants, and of course the good people that sponsored
A special mention should go to our corporate sponsors
who will have helped us promote the Shropshire Historic Churches Trust and
reduce some of our printing and mailing costs. Cooper Green Pooks for the
banners, Morris & Co Ltd and Arrol and Snell. Thank you very
And how our day went ....
The day started with a deluge, so a drenching for some and a delay for
others! We drove to the east of the county and visited Wrockwardine
church with their R + S Banner proudly displayed on the church wall, a nice
welcome and the first slice of many cakes to come.
An email came in from a late participant, Alison
Birkinshaw, kindly letting us to know that she was now able to cycle for
Great Bolas church. We met Alison still dripping at our next church
Crudgington! After a glass of squash we had a tour around the lovely low
roofed building, sadly with a leaking roof. Then on to Waters Upton,
unmanned but open for a short visit.
At Tibberton we had another lovely welcome and heard about
their team of cyclists already out and about, we then met them at Edgmond
church, sitting down enjoying refreshments and a rest. They posed for a
photo for us, as did Jim Turner, a cyclist from Donnington Wood who we had
met on Thursday for an earlier photo for the Shropshire Star! Chris Taylor,
the Churchwarden, gave us a tour of the church pointing out the wonderful
stained glass windows, and then we had to be on our way.
Chetwynd was next, where we enjoyed more cake and a very
interesting potted history about the many churches that preceded the current
On to Church Aston where the incumbent vicar showed us
another very interesting stained glass window, met the walking Vicar, Paula,
from Donnington Wood, and left with a pocketful of sliced tea bread.
We drove through Newport and did an emergency stop as
we drove past The Methodist church which was humming with activity, and
chatted with a couple of ladies and their dog having already walked 51/2
A fast drive to Shrewsbury where we met up with 18
friends at 3pm, who we led around 7 Shrewsbury churches, St George's, St
Chad's, the RC Cathedral, United Reform, The Abbey, St Mary's, St Alkmund's,
and sadly we just missed the Unitarian Church. All were invited to our home
for an early supper in a slightly damp tent, where we had a lovely relaxing
time after a great day out, meeting new people, raising money and visiting
wonderful churches and chapels.
We hope that everyone who took part, either walking,
cycling, riding, canoeing or welcoming visitors had an equally enjoyable
day, and that all churches and chapels had some visitors. Let's hope
that we have raised lots of money and, just as important, offered visitors a
lovely opportunity to see and enjoy our wonderful Shropshire churches and
Ride+Stride County Organisers
Rod and Phoebe Walker at Cressage
Numerous congregational supporters at Donnington Wood
Barry Robinson, Alex
Wallace, Andrew Pearce and Christopher James at the Kangaroo Inn, Aston on
What an incredible result: £24.578 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 and
here to see the review and images.