Vicar takes part in Ride and Stride event

August 23 2018
Vicar takes part in Ride and Stride event

The Rev Tom Keates, from St Mary’s Church Thornbury, is to walk to three churches as part of the Ride and Stride event.

He’s raising funds for Gloucestershire’s Historic Churches Trust, which provides grants to help maintain churches. Over 500 people took part in 2017 and raised more than £46,000 for repairs and improvements.  Funds are split between the trust and the participant’s chosen church.

Rev Tom Keates’ sponsored walk on September 8 will start from St Mary’s Shepperdine in Oldbury on Severn, then it will take him via St Arilda’s in Oldbury, St Mary’s in Thornbury, and end at St Paul’s in Thornbury. 

He has a just giving page for any donations at

The Ride + Stride event coincides with Heritage Open Days between 10 and 4pm, so St Mary’s Thornbury will be open to visitors, with the tower open from 1pm.