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The Lincolnshire Churches Trust Bike, Ride and Stride: a thank you

02 November 2016


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The 2016 Bike, Ride and Stride for Lincolnshire Churches Trust has been hailed as another great success. Sarah Roberts (Assistant to County Organiser, Bike, Ride and Stride) offers the following account of this year's event: 

Thank you to everyone who was involved in the 2016 Bike, Ride and Stride, which took place on Saturday, 10th September – whether you were helping to organise the event and persuading people to participate, or whether you actually took part and cycled, walked or saddled up your horse! By taking part in the event you help us raise the much-needed funds to help preserve our county’s religious buildings, and the Bike, Ride and Stride is the main fundraiser for the Lincolnshire Churches Trust.

Sadly, the weather was not on our side this year, with some people having to cancel their rides, some delaying them until later in the day, but many brave souls ignoring the torrential rain, and still taking part. We are therefore especially grateful to those who really went the extra mile this year and to those who sponsored them, and to all the sponsors who still gave their donations, even if fewer churches were visited.

The money raised is coming in, but we are still a while off knowing the total raised. However, we will do it all again next year, and so if you would like to be involved in future events then please contact me on 07760 468 052 or via email for further information.

Below is an extract from a report received from one rider, who goes out every year, and which shows the beauty that can be enjoyed in our churches:

‘Due to the very inclement weather, the eagerly anticipated ride got off to a late start. Steady rain had reduced to light drizzle by 4.30pm, and by the time I was organised it had all but stopped. First stop was St Faith’s Church in Wilsthorpe, then on to St Margaret’s at Braceborough and to St Thomas’s at Greatford, where I enjoyed a couple of Jaffa Cakes! I admired a beautiful modern stained glass window that had been installed in 2015, commemorating Thomas Becket of Canterbury. It cleverly incorporated choughs (nicknamed beckits, apparently), designs from Thomas’s vestments and watercress to represent Greatford’s local watercress beds. Fascinating! While I was in Greatford I heard the clock strike 6pm, so time to head home to a blue sky emerging through the clouds.’

Further information on Lincolnshire Churches Trust may be obtained here