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MPs join Bishop in pumping up the Ride & Stride 2011

Congregation raises a cheer as Bishop presents the Cup to Kelvedon Hatch
The Bishop of Chelmsford, The Right Reverend Stephen Cottrell.

The Bishop of Chelmsford, The Right Reverend Stephen Cottrell, has sent a message of support to all those taking part in the Friends of Essex Churches Trust sponsored Ride and Stride fundraiser in September 2011.

"Churches compete with the enormous demands that the modern world places on people?s time and money,? he said. "We owe an immense amount to the generosity of those who help to make our buildings some of the most beautiful places in our communities.?

"The Friends of Essex Churches Trust keeps a tangible part of our inheritance in good order. More importantly it funds vital work that sustains this legacy for our present and future generations.?

Last year the cyclists and walkers raised an amazing £99,268. Half the money goes to repair the local church building. The other half goes to repair church buildings in Essex and East London.

 

And Essex MPs have also given the event a push in their constituencies.

Robert Halfon MP (Harlow) said:

Congregation raises a cheer as Bishop presents the Cup to Kelvedon Hatch
left to right: Robert Halfon MP, Revd Mark Bennet - Team Rector, Great Parndon, James Bettley ? Friends of Essex Churches Trust, Revd Noelle Taylor ? Team Vicar, Great Parndon

I?m so pleased to be at this beautiful church of St Mary in Great Pardon, which has just recently been restored inside. I believe that it is the perfect place to launch the Ride and Stride event, as Harlow has some of the most beautiful churches, both old and modern. I am very proud that our community is getting involved with the Ride and Stride; I think it is a wonderful idea.?

 

 

 

 

Jon Cruddas MP, Canon Roger Gayler (St Mark's), James Bettley (Friends), Barry Donoghue (from church & taking part in Ride & Stride).JPG
James Duddgride MP with Claire Cottrell ? Chairman of the Friends of Essex Churches Trust (left) and Frances Drage, Churchwarden of St Andrew?s Church in Rochford which The Friends has just offered £2,000 for masonry repairs.

James Duddridge MP (Rochford & Southend East) is also right behind the Ride & Stride:

"The Ride and Stride event being held in September is a fantastic way for people to get active and visit churches in their local area that they may not have visited for a while or in some cases, have never visited, whilst raising funds for our local churches. I am looking forward in taking part, fingers crossed the weather is sunny!?

 

 

 

Stephen Metcalfe MP met Don Cox when he helped to launch the Ride & Stride 2011 at St Mary's Church in Corringham . Don will be cycling 50 miles for The Friends on September 10th as usual.

Friends of Essex Churches Trust Ride & Stride 2011 - Stephen Metcalfe MP with Don Cox from St Mary's Church, Corringham
Friends of Essex Churches Trust Ride & Stride 2011 - Stephen Metcalfe MP with Don Cox from St Mary's Church, Corringham.
Stephen said: "The Friends of Essex Churches Trust Ride & Stride is a fantastic event that offers people the opportunity to visit and appreciate our rich and varied religious heritage, not only in Basildon and Thurrock but also across Essex. It is also an opportunity to raise what I am sure are much needed funds to preseve that heritage for future generations.?

 

 

 

 

Friends of Essex Churches Trust Ride & Stride 2011 - Stephen Metcalfe MP with Don Cox from St Mary's Church, Corringham
Pictured (left to right): Jon Cruddas MP, Canon Roger Gayler, Vicar of St Mark's, James Bettley, Vice-Chairman - Friends of Essex Churches Trust, and Barry Donoghue who will be cycling for St Mark's.

Jon Cruddas MP said: "The Friends of Essex Churches Trust Ride & Stride is a great example of people from the various Christian denominations coming together in a good cause. The funds they raise go towards the repair of buildings that are vital community assets as well as places of worship."

The MP for Dagenham and Rainham visited St Mark's Church in Marks Gate to support the 2011 Ride & Stride.

 

 

 

A cycling pilgrimage from Barking to Waltham Abbey via Limehouse will take place on Saturday, September 10. It has been organised by Chris Abbess on behalf of the Chelmsford Diocesan Environmental Group. The pilgrimage theme is ?Caring for the Environment? and it will help to contribute funds for the care of Essex churches as part of the annual 'Ride and Stride'.

The 23-mile route is in two parts. Starting at 10am from St Margaret's, on the site of Barking Abbey, to St Katherine's, mainly following the Bazalgette Greenway and the Limehouse Cut. There will be time for a break before retracing the path back to the Regent's Canal, Victoria Park and joining the Lee Valley route all the way to Waltham Abbey.

Chris says: "We start in groups from St Margaret's Revd Canon Gordon Tarry will be sending us off. We break for lunch at about 12.30pm at St Katherine's, Limehouse (retreat /conference centre). The Master is willing for us to eat our sandwiches on the lawn and take a peek at the chapel.

"Arrival at Waltham Abbey will be about 4.30pm. Revd Peter Smith will welcome us and we're expecting that Bishop David will address us after we have all assembled.

"If you have never tried riding on these routes you're in for a big adventure. It is amazing to be travelling through the East London area away from the city streets and traffic.?

- If you would like to take part in the pilgrimage, contact Chris Abbess on 020 8504 2344.

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