Welcome to DHCT Ride +Stride.
Ride+Stride is a sponsored event in which people walk or cycle or horse-ride between churches, whilst exploring our wonderful Dorset countryside and enjoying the hospitality of our church communities.
The money raised (a record £86,000 in 2017) is used to help conserve Dorset’s churches, chapels and meeting houses and to help keep them active and at the heart of their communities for the use of future generations. Half of the money raised is returned directly to your nominated church and the other half is used to fund our grant programme.
News from Ride+Stride 2018
The Lulworths group, led by Revd Robert Marsden (extreme right), pause at Dagger’s Gate during their walk from East Lulworth to West Lulworth to Winfrith Newburgh and Chaldon Herring.
Revd Margaret Preuss-Higham, Lucy James and Mary Cutting prepare to start their walk from St Peter’s, Langton Herring to Abbotsbury, St Catherine’s Chapel and Portesham.
Bob Roberts celebrates cycling 65 miles from St Peter’s Langton Herring on the way to visiting 17 churches
In addition to one parishioner who bicycled for the Trust, a team from St Mary’s Church, Gillingham, led by Mrs Eileen Piper (left), opened a pop-up café on Saturday in the Vicarage School Room. Assisted by retired priest, the Revd Jeffrey Hall, the head waiter, they served homemade cakes with coffee and tea and light lunches of sandwiches, quiches and salads.
Ven Antony MacRow-Wood, Archdeacon of Dorset, at the start of his epic ride from Dorchester to Poole. (Photo to follow)
On a sunny September afternoon, the Junior children from Lulworth and Winfrith CE VC Primary School walked from Daggers Gate to St Nicholas, Chaldon Herring. Inside the church, the Churchwarden explained the importance of Ride+Stride and thanked them for their contribution towards the upkeep of church buidings around the county. Rev Robert Marsden conducted a short service of prayers and everyone had juice and biscuits! (Photo to follow)
Ringing the Changes - Kate Forrester
For Dorset’s Ride + Stride for Churches this September, a group based at Bradford Peverell are ringing the changes this year - literally. Instead of simply cycling from one church to another, the group will start at Sturminster Newton and ring the church bells for about half an hour, then cycle along the North Dorset Trailway to the three further churches, repeating the ringing session at Shillingstone, Stourpaine and Durweston. They may also pop into nearby villages on the way to increase the total number of churches visited.
The Ride + Stride Ringers range from beginners to the experienced, from teenagers to those in their 60s. The whole enterprise is the brainchild of Janet Collins, an enthusiastic teacher of new ringers at Bradford Peverell. Said Kate Forrester, a new ringer, ‘I take part in Ride and Stride every year and this is a fantastic opportunity to ring some bells in different churches, which is very exciting for a beginner, whilst raising money for Dorset Historic Churches Trust!’
If you would like to take part in Ride + Stride go to the DHCT website www.dhct.org.uk or follow the riders on Twitter @ride+stride4dorset
Sir Philip and Lady Williams plan to visit the four Great Churches of Dorset
As Dorset’s Ride + Stride for Churches draws nearer, people are creating yet more ways to take part. Sir Philip Williams, a Vice-President of Dorset Historic Churches Trust, and his wife Catherine will start at Christchurch Priory and, with a little assistance on the hilly sections from their electric bikes, will pedal to Wimborne Minster, Milton Abbey and to their destination at Sherborne Abbey. They plan to visit all four great Churches in Dorset on Saturday 8 September. Their sponsorship campaign is well underway to raise funds for the maintenance of Dorset’s precious churches, large and small. Their sponsorship will be divided equally between the churches of the Bride Valley and the Trust itself, which last year attracted £86,000 in R+S sponsorship and granted £114,000 to 18 churches in need of repair. For more information about how to support R+S or become involved go to www.dhct.org.uk or follow the riders on Twitter @ride+stride4dorset
Afternote: The trusty bikes completed the journey, though Sir Philip's suffered a puncture on the last leg and made a triumphant arrival 24 hours later.
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