RIDE & STRIDE 2019
Saturday 14th September
We hope you might support or even take part in Ride+Stride on September 14th. It is an excellent way to combine raising a bit of money for church repairs and maintenance with spending an enjoyable day out exploring the local area on foot, bike or horseback, and visiting some of Wiltshire’s rich heritage of churches and chapels. Many of them will welcome you with a drink and a bite to eat.
Half of all money raised goes to your own church, and the other half is used by the Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust to award grants to churches with special maintenance needs. At St John’s Tisbury, we have benefitted from such grants. Do please consider sponsoring one of the participants raising money for us, or even take part yourself!
Last year the ages of those taking part ranged from 2 to 86, and over £55,000 was raised. One cyclist wrote: “We cycled 37 miles to 20 lovely churches through beautiful countryside. Glorious sunshine all day and a total soaking in the last 5 minutes.”
Anyone can join in on September 14th Plan a route that suits your energy levels or get ideas from the Ride and Stride website which includes a trail through the Nadder Valley including our church and St Mary’s Dinton (pictured).
You don’t have to be young and super-fit: just strolling between one church and another can constitute participation in Ride+Stride, and most sponsors are generous enough to reward even the shortest of journeys. For the more competitive, however, there are cash prizes for the best achievers, including several for under 16-year-olds, and parishes which mobilise large numbers of participants can compete for the Brooke Cup (plus £500) and Junior Group Cup for the under-18s (plus £100).
For more information, contact our Parish Organiser, Judy Anderson through the Parish Office (01747 871697) or [email protected]