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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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Sue and Willy gear up for Ride and Stride 2013

Two community-minded cyclists from Farnham near Bishop?s Stortford will raise funds for church repairs on Saturday September 14 by getting on their bikes and pedalling away.

Sue and Willy Moloney will join more than 600 cyclists and walkers on the Friends of Essex Churches' sponsored Ride and Stride.

With hundreds of fascinating churches, chapels and meeting houses to choose from, the annual Ride and Stride is the day when sponsored cyclists and walkers get on the move, visit beautiful church buildings and show appreciation of lots of different church communities.

Sue and Willy's sponsors include members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) who worship at a meeting house in Chapel Hill, Stansted Mountfitchet.

Sue says:

"Having fairly recently become a member of the Society of Friends, I feel privileged and proud to be representing the Stansted Quakers in this year's Ride and Stride event."

"I enjoy cycling, being in the open air, exploring our lovely countryside, and visiting local places of worship."

"To do all this as a joint activity with people of different religious persuasions adds to the experience. As with other inter-church initiatives, it is valuable and enriching for all concerned."

A popular feature of the Ride and Stride with cyclists and walkers is the freedom to choose your own route. The route Sue and Willy took last year covered Farnham, Manuden, Berden, Arkesden, Clavering, Ugley and Stansted. They visited about 20 churches.

"This year we plan to get as far as Saffron Walden taking in some villages on the way, and coming back through Thaxted, Elsenham and Stansted which a slightly longer ride, weather and stamina permitting!" says Sue.

Two community-minded cyclists from Farnham near Bishop?s Stortford will raise funds for church repairs on Saturday September 14 by getting on their bikes and pedalling away.

Sue and Willy Moloney outside the Quaker Meeting House in Chapel Hill, Stansted Mountfitchet.

More information

  • The Ride and Stride will take place on Saturday September 14, 2013 from 10.00am-6.00pm.
  • Visit www.foect.org.uk/rideandstride/ to find out how to take part in the event.
  • Sue and Willy have a JustGiving page www.justgiving.com/Susan-Moloney where sponsorship donations will be gratefully received.
  • Half of the money raised by the sponsored cyclist or walker goes to the church or chapel of his or her choice, and the other half helps to fund grants which the Friends of Essex Churches Trust makes to churches in need of repair and restoration.
  • The Friends of Essex Churches Ride and Stride raised about £90,000 in 2012. Grants were offered to 19 churches.

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