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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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Have fun with the family, enjoy some sightseeing and stop churches crumbling!

Hundreds of people will be cycling and sightseeing next month to stop churches crumbling.

They will be out and about on a sponsored Ride and Stride between churches and chapels. With hundreds to choose from, there is no shortage of fantastic churches and chapels to visit and support

Fiona Nelmes who organises the Ride and Stride for the Friends of Essex Churches Trust has said:

"The Ride and Stride is a fabulous day for all the family to take a breath of fresh air and potter around our historic churches by bicycle or on foot or any way you like."

"At the same time as exploring our beautiful countryside, you can help to raise funds to support vital church repairs and restoration."

"The proceeds will be shared between your own parish church and the significant repair and restoration work which the Friends of Essex Churches Trust supports."

Fiona Nelmes
Fiona Nelmes, Organiser Friends of Essex Churches Trust Ride and Stride

More information

  • The Ride and Stride will take place on Saturday 14 September between 10.00am and 6.00pm.
  • Taking part is easy. Suggested routes and sponsorship forms can be found here.
  • Half the money raised will go towards repairing a church building nominated by the cyclist or walker. The other half will go to repairing historic church buildings in Essex and East London.
  • Cyclists and walkers are sponsored to visit as many churches as they wish and chose their own routes.
  • Many churches will be open for a coffee morning, exhibition or flower festival on Ride and Stride Day.
  • More than 600 people took part in the Ride and Stride in 2012.
  • The 2012 event raised about £90,000.
  • The Friends of Essex Churches Trust made grant offers to 19 churches in 2012.

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