Last weekend was the annual Ride and Stride sponsored cycle, walk, ride or drive. Every year, cyclists, walkers and horse-riders raise money to support churches in Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire and North Bristol, by being sponsored to visit churches and chapels on any route of their choice.
Chris Witham, Reader in Cinderford and Forest Deanery Lay Chair clocked up 65 miles on his trip with Andy and Kevin, taking in Tewkesbury Abbey and Gloucestershire Cathedral.
He said, “Bit different this year with so many churches not able to open and a distinct lack of cake!”
Reverend Canon Graham Morris and John Lawrence the Verger at St John Baptist Cirencester, supported church member Maggie Chew as she took part. They covered 38 miles, starting at St John the Baptist in Cirencester and finishing at Holy Trinity, Watermoor, taking in 15 churches in the beautiful Cotswold countryside and they hope to have raised about £1,000 through sponsorship.
Graham said, “Despite the pictures, I want to assure you that we didn’t wear robes cycling!”
Charlotte and Alex from Cam also joined in the fun in aid of St George’s Church Cam, with them visiting a number of churches, including St Cyr, Stonehouse, pictured.