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Hundreds step up to Ride+Stride challenge this Saturday

A huge variety of activities will be taking place across the county this Saturday September 8 as part of the annual Ride+Stride fundraising event for Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust (GHCT).

Hundreds of churches will be opening their doors to visitors travelling on foot, by bicycle, horse or even by car. Last year more than 500 people took part, raising almost £50,000 which was split between their chosen church or charity and GHCT.

“Everyone can Ride+Stride, and it’s a great day out – exploring the wonderful church buildings in communities across Gloucestershire and raising money for a worthwhile cause,” said Regional Organiser Glenn Duff. “Our online map at ghct.org.uk/map will help people plan their route and let them know which churches are offering tea and cake to fuel them on their way!”

Supporters can visit just one church or as many of the 620+ in the region as they wish, and there are prizes for those raising the most money.

• Teams from Cranham Church will be cycling, running and riding to raise money for a ‘Parish Privy’ project – an accessible toilet in the churchyard that will be an amenity for the whole village.
Brave cyclists taking on the Long Ride will visit 30 churches over 53 miles, a Short Ride covers 4 miles, while The Run takes in 10 churches over 17 miles and will be led by a runner training for an England Masters event. You can contribute to the project at JustGiving.

• Longhope Baptist Church will be open from 10am to 4pm with refreshments on offer, and children’s activities running from 11am.

• Stroud Congregational Church will be offering visitors a chance to play the pipe organ, and to enjoy a recital from 2-4pm.

• St Mary’s Church, Thornbury will be open from 1-5pm and visitors over 8 years old will be able to climb the Tower to see amazing views of the surrounding area. Tom Keates will be walking around local churches to raise money and you can sponsor him here.

• Visit St Stephen’s Church in Cinderford for organ performances celebrating the musical history of the church.
To update church details on the event map, contact Glenn at ride-and-stride@sperracc.com.

In 2017 GHCT awarded £150,000 in grants to churches needing help to pay for urgent repairs and maintenance, and to make improvements that will keep these buildings in use for future generations to enjoy.

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