Report on Ride+Stride 2017 in Nottinghamshire
The Ride+Stride this year took place on the 9th September. The weather was a bit mixed but certainly better than last year.
This year the amount raised by sponsorship was £15,157. Gift Aid received was £3,142 making a total of £18,299-just slightly less than last year. £7,078 was returned to the individual churches who took part and the balance was used to strengthen the funds of the Trust and enable it to continue making grants for the repair and maintenance of the county’s churches.
This year 218 churches took part, with 60 churches having riders or striders. There were 85 riders, 20 striders, and 47 welcomers and others. These figures show a marked increase over last year. The total number of visits made was 1,558.
Two churches raised over £1,000 and five more raised between £500 and £1000.
There were a couple of particularly magnificent efforts by Martin Langdale of All Saints, Strelley who visited 42 churches and Mike Woolley of Carlton St John Methodist who visited 37 churches. Martin started promptly at 10 a.m. from Farnsfield and worked his way westwards staying north of the Trent as far south as Attenborough before finishing at his home church of Strelley. Mike started in Carlton before making his way over the Trent and visiting the villages to the east of the Fosse. Martin travelled about 40 miles and Mike about 46.
It was good to see Martha Pudney aged 8 of Inham Nook riding again this year. She visited 16 churches. However, the youngest participant was Felix West of Norwell who rode 14 miles.
Joey the dog continues to take part. At the advanced age of 14 he still welcomes visitors to Stokeham, St. Peter with a wag of his tale. Animals also featured at Norwell where Liz Taylor and two of her friends visited 5 churches on horseback.
Some churches use Ride+Stride as an opportunity to have an outing for the church community. A group of ten people from Sneinton, St. Cyprian’s, walked to 13 churches and a group of 15 cyclists from Linby and Pappleworth visited 19 churches in the Vale of Belvoir.
Ed Compton managed to ride again this year in spite of an operation on his shoulder and, as usual, sent in his enjoyable blog. This year for the first time he used his electric bicycle. He started off at East Midlands Parkway and visiting the Soar valley villages but was thwarted by a four mile diversion caused by bridge work to accommodate the Midland Line electrification – now late lamented! He then worked his way along the south of the river and into the Vale of Belvoir – sampling Esme’s walnut sponge en route – before turning towards home. His battery died 50 minutes from home but he still managed to visit 30 churches and ride 62 miles. Perhaps in the future we shall include those churches with charging points in the list of facilities offered!
The Trust would like to thank all those who took part as riders or striders, and the many people who provided a warm welcome and refreshments to encourage them on their journey. We would not want to forget those churches unable to open their churches but who nevertheless pinned up the register on the church door. We are grateful to you all and look forward to next year when the ride is on the 8th September.
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