Ride and Stride

We did it! The 2021 Ride and Stride took place on Saturday, 11 September 2021.

Please return your sponsorship money as soon as possible ( telling us which church you nominate for 50% of your money). Details of how to return it are below.

SUFFOLK CHURCHES RIDE AND STRIDE PHOTO COMPETITION 2021

Our independent judge really enjoyed looking at all the entries and wanted to pass on her congratulations. She said she has now discovered some churches she hasn’t yet visited… but will do soon.

The winners are : Tessa Wise, for her lovely set of six photos that ideally portrayed the required categories (Entrance door of a church or chapel, a memorial plate, plaque or gravestone, a non-conformist church, a church window, a free choice…and a selfie ). She receives a £75 book token as her prize. Here are Tessa’s photos:

The independent judge chose the photo of a church window at Langham as her favourite from all the entries. Congratulations to Graham Hughes from Wetherden who receives a £25 book token.

Church window at Langham by Graham Hughes.

Take a look at more of the ‘photographers’ in the gallery below

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TAKING PART IN THE ANNUAL SUFFOLK CHURCHES RIDE AND STRIDE (2nd Saturday in September each year):

You can download below the sponsorship paperwork and a full list of churches and chapels that are expected to be open. 

The Ride and Stride’s sister event, the Pedal and Drive for vintage and classic cars, is held on the same day.  Please open the Pedal and Drive tab on the website for more details of this event.   

This year, 2021, not all churches may be open for Ride and Stride, and churches that usually offer refreshments may decide not to do so, but riders and walkers can log the name of the church visited themselves, if it’s unattended.

JUSTGIVING:  Click here to enter the Suffolk Churches Ride and Stride 2021 page on the JustGiving website, where you can log into your account and donate.  If you’re unfamiliar with JustGiving, it is easy to set up your own online JustGiving page by selecting ‘Sign up’ on the top right of the page and entering the details requested.  Please ensure that the place of worship you wish to benefit is clearly specified.

Our churches and chapels need our help more than ever this year, so please support this vital annual event.  Half your sponsorship money will go to the Trust to be given in grants for church repairs, and half will go to the church of your choosing.

Team Lidgate, who’ve cycled together every year since 2005 (here at Denston church)

HOW IT WORKS

The Annual Sponsored Ride and Stride is a national event, and every second Saturday in September cyclists and walkers all round the country are out making money for their local county Churches Trust.

The idea started in Suffolk, and consistently Suffolk has headed the table of funds raised.  The Ride and Stride is the main source of income to Suffolk Historic Churches Trust to enable it to make grants to churches and chapels of all denominations towards repair and restoration costs.

Ride and Stride is run entirely by volunteers and is inter-denominational, with participants sponsored for each place of worship visited between 9.00am and 5.00pm on Ride and Stride Day or with a donation, regardless of the number of churches visited.

The money raised by each cyclist or walker is shared equally between the Suffolk Historic Churches Trust and the place of worship nominated by the participant.

As important as the participants are the many volunteers who give up the day to man the churches and chapels and sign in the cyclists and walkers as they arrive.  Hundreds of places of worship are manned during the day and that takes quite a team of volunteers!  It is a real community effort that is the lifeblood of the Trust.

TAKING PART

1A        Suffolk has been split into a number of areas, each with its Ride and Stride Area Organiser, and each parish has its own Local Organiser, who will be able to supply the necessary forms.  Your local church or chapel should have details of your own Area Organiser, who can put you in touch with the Local Organiser looking after your place of worship.  If you need further assistance, please telephone or email the SHCT office – 01787 883884    shct@btconnect.com

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1B        Download the list of churches open and the sponsorship form by clicking on these links:

(Churches open list 2021) (List of sponsors) (Sponsorship form instructions) and follow the instructions in the form. 

2          PLAN YOUR ROUTE – as many or as few churches and chapels as you like, wherever you like.

3          SIGN UP YOUR SPONSORS – JustGiving is the easiest way.  NB: please ensure you say which place of worship 50 per cent of your money should go to.

4          ENJOY YOUR WALK OR CYCLE RIDE ON ‘RIDE AND STRIDE DAY’ – At manned churches they will sign your form and give you a warm welcome.  At unattended churches you can log yourself.

5          AFTER THE RIDE – When you have collected your sponsorship money, please hand this over to your  Ride and Stride Local Organiser or send your total sponsorship money direct to the Ride and Stride Treasurer David Gould, by cheque payable to SHCT, ensuring that you clearly identify the church or chapel you wish to benefit.  David can also be contacted if you have any queries.  His contact details are:

            email:                davidngould6@gmail.com

            Telephone:       01473 253838

            Address:            7 Karen Close, Ipswich, IP1 4LP

Thank you!!! You have helped beautiful Suffolk churches to be repaired, restored or improved for future generations.

SUFFOLK CHURCHES PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION  2021… some of our entries… thank you everyone. We loved seeing your photos!

At Assington church ( by Derek Worrall)

Here are some more of the photos we’ve been sent from 2021 riders, striders and signers!