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Oxfordshire’s Ride+Stride pride
Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust is proud to be part of the national Ride+Stride Day on Saturday 8 September 2018.
The Oxford Mail reports that in August this year’s countywide event was launched by Rev John Durant, the Vicar of the Vale Benefice in the Wantage area.
Rev Durant looks after the congregations of four Anglican churches – Grove, Denchworth, Hanney and East Challow.
Speaking outside St James the Great Church in West Hanney last week, which is among the local churches that riders can visit, Rev Durant said: “The whole notion of Ride+Stride is something that I support.
A very popular event
“It is certainly a very popular event with people in our parishes.
“It gets people out doing things together, visiting churches and raising money.
“We are very appreciative of the money that comes directly from those taking part and also for the money that we go on to get in grants from OHCT.
“Three of our four churches have received grants this year and this has made life easier for us.
“I may not actually be able to do the event this year, but I have before and my daughter and two sons have also taken part.”
Grants for churches
Ride+Stride is OHCT’s major fundraising event and last year it allowed the trust to make grants of £194,500 to 34 churches in the county.
A further £18,000 was handed out to help churches to install roof alarms.