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Thanking everyone for their amazing support for Ride+Stride 2016, John Pickthorn, our Ride+Stride organiser, said: “Whether you cycled, walked, sponsored someone, or opened your church and provided welcome refreshments, you have been amazing. Thank you for all your hard work. You have helped to save beautiful and historic churches for everyone to enjoy.” Stay tuned for news of our next Ride+Stride on Saturday 9 September 2017.

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The rain did not dampen the spirits of this team from St Barnabas’ church in Walthamstow.

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This national event was started by the Suffolk Historic Churches Trust and Essex joined it in 1983.  Nowadays over 30 counties take part on the second Saturday each September from 9.00am – 5.00pm.  The best part is that you can choose your own itinerary, visiting the places that you want, because there is no set route.  As it is a national event, churches will be taking part in our neighbouring counties if you need to cross boundaries.  (See their websites in our Links section.)

Everyone can join in and everyone does.  Participants are sponsored for the number of places of worship they visit on the day, and people are very imaginative:  one family sailed to the churches on the banks of the River Blackwater; another year a group from Chadwell Heath raised money on their exercise bikes; whilst a Brentwood choir quartet, known as the Song Cycle, sings a motet in every church they visit.  You can also be sponsored for stewarding your local church and welcoming riders and striders.

The annual sponsored Ride & Stride is the main fund-raiser for the FECT.  Half of the money raised goes to the church or chapel of your choice, and the other half is credited to the FECT grants fund.  Ride & Stride day is a special Open Day for churches throughout the UK:  it is a wonderful way to visit churches which might otherwise be closed and the event usually coincides with Heritage Open Days.

To take part in the Ride & Stride this September you can download the forms by clicking here or create your own fundraising page on Justgiving straight away. 

To take part in the Ride & Stride this September you can download sponsorship and other relevant forms or create your own fundraising page on JustGiving straight away. If you need help publicising the Ride & Stride event in your area see our publicity page which includes pro forma advertisements. Details of suggested routes is also given.

It doesn’t matter if you raise £2, £20 or £200.  Every penny raised means you will help to save and protect our unique heritage.

For further information, please contact
John Pickthorn
01799 523311


Ride & Stride Saturday 9th September 2017