Saturday 9th September 2017
Ride and Stride Day is a national event arranged in each county by the local trust (see the national site www.rideandstrideuk.org ) and is CHCT’s main annual fund raising event. In Cambridgeshire, we are following the example of some other county trusts and suggesting that participants can drive, recognising the great distance between churches in some parts of the county and the difficulty in finding safe cycling routes. We want as many people as possible to enjoy the county’s churches and see for themselves why these wonderful buildings need to be supported.
Participants are sponsored for every place of worship they visit by cycle, horse, bus, car or on foot during the Day. The money raised is then split between the Trust and any place of worship they nominate. If the sponsorship is Gift-Aided, then the Trust can benefit further. You can now sponsor on-line by visiting www.justgiving.com, stating the name of the church you want to share the proceeds with CHCT. Over £25,000 was raised in 2016 of which just over half went to CHCT and the remainder to churches. We must beat that total on 9th September!
Ride, Drive and Stride Day coincides with Heritage Open Days, so there may well be other events and places to visit alongside the churches and chapels – especially in Cambridge, Peterborough and other towns. Check the HoD website www.heritageopendays.org.uk or look for information at your local library.
Cycling or walking around towns is the easiest way to clock up a large number of sponsored visits within a short time and distance. For instance, a walk through Cambridge visiting college chapels and the central churches and chapels (many serving great teas!) can easily total twenty visits.
With the increase in road traffic, cycling might not be quite as pleasurable as it was, but there are ever more cycle routes and dedicated cycle lanes; maps and routes (that also mark parish churches) can be downloaded from Cambridgeshire County Council.
One possible route is cycling (or walking) the twelve miles from St Ives to north Cambridge alongside the guided busway. This gives easy, safe access to at least ten parish churches en route, plus more places in Cambridge itself and some village chapels too. Another possibility is to take your cycle on the train and begin to ride in the church-filled countryside around Cambridge, Ely or St Neots.
Although we encourage as many places of worship as possible to be open (and to offer refreshments and a toilet if they can), this is not always possible. So we ask for the signing-in page for Ride, Drive and Stride participants to be put on a notice board or door – and we take it on trust that you have been there!
Riders and cyclists (but not drivers) could earn extra money! The Trust is offering modest cash prizes for the following:
£50 for the individual adult (17+) raising the most sponsorship money
£125 for the parish/chapel team raising the largest combined sum of money
Cycling or walking is a healthy way of raising money for your church and CHCT which can also introduce you to new interesting churches. Please have a go! and help us to keep the county’s wonderful historic places of worship in good repair for future generations to use and enjoy.
To help you plan and get the most enjoyment from your day, we shall shortly be posting documents for you to download.
For any further help, please email us.