It’s that time of year when the team at the Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust (GHCT) start dusting off the walking boots, pumping our bike tyres or getting together with friends to plan a driving tour around some of our wonderful local churches. We’re asking anyone who appreciates our region’s historic churches to consider taking part in GHCT’s sponsored Ride + Stride event on September 9.
It’s a great day out which people travel between churches, exploring the area and discovering unique historic buildings. The money raised is split between the Trust and your nominated church – so you’ll be raising money directly for your chosen church.
“Our online map now features nearly every church in Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire and North Bristol, and will be regularly updated to help you plan a route”, said Glenn Duff, County Organiser. “Those offering a welcome will be highlighted, along with organised groups of walkers or cyclists.”
Ride + Stride welcomes cyclists of all abilities, as well as walkers, horse-riders and drivers. Just as important are those who take part welcoming others to their church – perhaps getting sponsored to play music, clean the church or mow the churchyard. If your church doesn’t have a Local Organiser, perhaps you could co-ordinate the activity?
Contact Glenn if you’d like to know more about taking part, to order a banner advertising the event or to update the information for your church:
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01452 538271.
Full details can be found at www.ghct.org.uk/ride-and-stride