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Dust off your Somerset walking shoes
Somerset based charity, the Somerset Churches Trust, is calling on people across the county to dust off their walking shoes, oil up their bicycles or even saddle up their horse to take part in Ride + Stride for Churches, a major event which will raise money to protect churches and chapels across Somerset.
Saturday 8th September
Ride + Stride for Churches 2018 is the flag ship event of the year and is held in both Somerset and other counties across the country on Saturday 8th September. Supporters walk, cycle or even ride a horse between the participating churches and other Christian places of worship and raise money through sponsorship and donations. The Somerset Churches Trust was founded in 1996 and over the last 22 years has given away more than £700,000 in grants to over 400 churches across Somerset.
Michael Auton, Somerset Ride+Stride Co-ordinator, says;
“We are enjoying one of the driest and hottest summers for years. What better way to enjoy this weather than walking, cycling or riding through the beautiful Somerset countryside. On September 8th hundreds of people will supporting this event and we hope you will join us to make 2018 a truly special year”.
Walk, cycle or horse ride
Taking part could not be easier. You can walk, cycle or horse ride between churches in your parish or further afield. Decide how many churches you want to visit and plan a fun and interesting route between them. Are there any special historical sites or points of interest you could incorporate in your route to make it more interesting for your walkers or riders?
Michael has put together his own route, the Somer Valley Churches Trail, which will visit 10 churches within Somer Valley. These include:
• St Nicholas Church, Radstock
• St Julian’s Church, Wellow
• Methodist Church, Peasedown St John
• St’s John’s Church, Peasedown St John
• St Peter’s Church, Camerton
• Holy Trinity Church, Paulton
• Holy Trinity Church, High Littleton
• St John’s Church, Farrington Gurney
• Holy Ghost Church, Midsomer Norton
• St John’s Church, Midsomer Norton
In additional to supporting Somerset churches and chapels, Ride+Stride offers participants the opportunity to support their local community by keeping 50% of the money they raise for their own nominated charity or local group. The Somer Valley Churches Trail will be supporting the Somer Valley Food Bank.
“I have not cycled for some time so this ride will be a challenge for me. I hope local people will support me by donating to my Just Giving page or dusting off their bikes to join me on what will be a lovely way to spend the day. Every mile we cycle will make a difference to our beautiful churches but also the vital work of Somer Valley Food Bank.
Please help protect our beautiful churches and come out to enjoy the wonderful countryside that makes Somerset so special to us all”.