St Mary of the Annunciation, Beaminster
Ride+Stride is a sponsored event in which people walk, cycle or ride a horse between churches, whilst exploring our wonderful Dorset countryside and enjoying the hospitality of our church communities. This year it is on Saturday 8th September 2018.
The receipts from Ride+Stride in Dorset (almost £86,000 in 2017) were pledged by over 170 participating churches. This is the main source of income for the Trust, which exists to assist churches and chapels of all Christian denominations meet the increasing costs of maintenance, restoration and improvement of facilities. In 2017 it made grants of £113,000 to 17 projects and intends to award up to £125,000 per annum in the years to come.
Not only does the Trust help to conserve Dorset’s over 300 churches and chapels as a vital part of the heritage of the County (the majority of our Churches are listed Grade II* or Grade I), it also helps keep them active and at the heart of their communities for the use of future generations. Grants have been made towards small kitchens and lavatories to enable the wider use of church buildings. Half of the money raised on R+S day is returned directly to churches (or registered charities) nominated by the participants and the other half is used to fund our grant programme.
On foot, bicycle or on horseback
Visiting Dorset’s beautiful churches on foot, by bicycle or on horseback, R+S provides a fun focus for community fund-raising, suitable for children, families and friends. Many of our riders and striders take part year after year.
You can find out all you will need to plan your day, obtain sponsorship and record the churches that you visit by logging onto our website at www.dhct.org.uk and clicking through from Ride + Stride to the How to get involved page. To find out who your local Parish Organiser is, look for a poster on the noticeboard of your church from early July. Or please contact Anna Butler, our R+S Administrator, at firstname.lastname@example.org who will be happy to help. Thank you for your interest and, if you take part, have a safe and enjoyable day.
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