Churches get cash boost thanks to Rev Tom and his fellow walkers

September 29 2017

THORNBURY priest the Rev Tom Keates led an eight-strong team of walkers between four churches in the annual Ride and Stride event - already raising more than £800.

THORNBURY priest the Rev Tom Keates led an eight-strong team of walkers between four churches in the annual Ride and Stride event - already raising more than £800.

The day was organised to support the Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust, with money donated to be given out in grants to churches in need of repair or improvement. 

Buildings to benefit can be of any Christian denomination across South Gloucestershire, north Bristol and Gloucestershire, with walkers, cyclists, horse riders and drivers all able to be involved by visiting churches along their chosen route.

Some of the money collected through sponsorship can also go to the participants’ nominated churches.

The Rev Keates is associate priest in Thornbury and with his companions from the benefice of Thornbury and Oldbury-on-Severn, started their walk at the so-called tin tabernacle of St Mary’s in Shepperdine after morning prayers.

A walk along the banks of the River Severn took them to St Arilda’s in Oldbury before going on to St Mary’s in Thornbury and St Paul’s at The Hackett for evening prayers.

Rev Keates said: “It was a lovely day of community and fellowship and a great way to raise funds for a good cause while appreciating the glorious gifts of God’s created world.”

Meanwhile, Fen Marshall, chairman of Tortworth Parish Meeting, was joined by two friends to cycle about 45 miles between 17 churches and chapels in support of St Leonard’s in Tortworth.

He said: “We seemed to meet far more people than last year. If we’d stopped and chatted with them all we’d never have finished in the day.”