Subject to the gradual relaxation of the Covid-19 restrictions during the year, the 2021 Suffolk Churches Ride and Stride will be held on Saturday, 11 September 2021, as well as its sister event, Pedal and Drive, for vintage and classic cars.
The 2021 sponsorship paperwork and a full list of churches that will be open on the day will be available in early June 2021. In addition, should you wish to use JustGiving to help in collecting your sponsorship moneys, full details of how to set up your own JustGiving page will be available at the same time.
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.
The Ride and Stride is run entirely by volunteers and is inter-denominational, with participants invited to seek sponsors who will undertake to pay an agreed sum of money for each place of worship visited between 9.00am and 5.00pm on Ride and Stride Day.
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 staff 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.
Suffolk has been divided into a number of areas, each with its own Ride and Stride Area Organiser. Each parish within an area has its own Local Organiser, who will be able to supply the necessary forms. It should be possible to ascertain locally 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.
Alternatively, you will be able to download the sponsorship form and the list of churches open from this website from early June 2021.