Ride and stride event promotes car use for event

July 30 2018

South Gloucestershire’s Ride+Stride charity event, which sees people travelling on foot, by horse, or by bike to as many local churches as possible, is encouraging driving this year.

People are being encouraged to car-share, with the aim to make the sponsored event accessible to everyone. 

Participant Sarah Hargreave said: "As a disabled driver I've enjoyed discovering new churches by car that I wouldn't otherwise have visited. It's also a lovely way to get out and about with grandchildren - introducing them to new churches and having a picnic along the way."

The Ride+Stride event is organised by the Gloucestershire Heritage Churches Trust. Over 500 people took part in 2017 and it raised more than £46,000 for repairs and improvements.  Funds are split between the trust and the participant’s chosen church.

St Mary’s Church in Thornbury has benefited from the event, receiving £2,500 for stonework repairs and kitchen refurbishment. St Helen’s Church in Alveston had £2,000 for conservation of commandment boards previously and St Leonard’s in Tortworth got £4,000 for repairs to stained glass windows.

This year’s event takes place on September 8, with churches welcoming visitors between 10am and 4pm on the day, which is also part of Heritage Open Days weekend. 

Glenn Duff, Regional Organiser, said: “Whether you’re planning a full day cycling between a hundred churches, or a short driving tour to two or three, anyone can participate in Ride+Stride”. 

“All the region’s churches are marked on the map at ghct.org.uk to help people plan a route. It’s a wonderful day out, exploring new places, meeting new people and helping a brilliant cause.”

Gloucestershire Heritage Churches Trust gave a record £150,000 in grants in 2017, to help churches pay for urgent repairs, maintenance and improvements.