What is Ride & Stride?
Visit unique historic buildings, see beautiful countryside, get some exercise and have fun with the family!
Ride & Stride is a sponsored bike ride or walk in which people all over England walk or cycle between churches, exploring and enjoying the countryside from Cornwall to Northumberland. The money they raise helps to save historic churches, chapels and meeting houses for future generations by helping to fund urgent repairs and the installation of modern facilities.
How to Ride & Stride
Ride & Stride is England's open churches day, but as well as getting out and visiting churches, chapels and meeting houses, you can also raise money to help churches in good repair. The idea is to visit as many places of worship as possible open near you and also get sponsored for visiting them. In 2015 Ride & Stride raised almost £1.5 million for churches.
The sponsorship money you raise is shared 50/50 between a county church trust that helps historic churches and the individual church of your choice.
Ride & Stride is organised locally by county church trusts with national support provided by the National Churches Trust which runs the Ride & Stride website and provides marketing advice. Ride+Stride started in Suffolk in 1981 as a sponsored bike ride but quickly became a national event.
Ride & Stride – which takes place on Saturday 10th September in 2016 – is Somerset Churches Trust's most important fund raising event.
Somerset Churches Trust does a huge amount to help our churches by giving grants to help towards essential repairs and to improve facilities to enable wider community use. Staffed entirely by volunteers the trust's income is solely from membership fees, donations and Ride & Stride. To enable their work to continue we believe it is essential that the income from Ride & Stride increases.
This event has been held in Somerset since 1997 and the most successful year ever was 2003 when almost £33,000 was raised. Unfortunately since then the amount has fallen year on year to just over £13,000 in 2014. For 2015 the amount was less than £10,000. But your church could change that for the better!
This is a great event: good for our health and good for involving people in support for our lovely churches. Do get your parish to be part of it!
If you would like to tour local churches and chapels or sponsor a walker/cyclist, please contact Nicky Barker (252429) or pick up a form in St. Andrew's Church.