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Fen Marshall cycled for St Leonard, Tortworth, and was joined by friends Neil & John as they toured 17 churches and chapels over about 45 miles. “We seemed to meet far more people than last year – if we’d stopped and chatted with them all we’d never have finished in the day!”, he said. “Cycling along the canal from Purton to Sharpness is great, especially as the tide was on the turn and gushing round the SARA lifeboat station.”

Representing St Mary, Berkeley, Ray Chaney visited 29 churches during a 60-mile bike ride. “I had a midday snack at Arlingham church, where there were more visitors this year than last,” he said. A wedding took place in Berkeley on September 9, but 18 visitors called in before and after the event.

Gloria Swann, churchwarden at St James the Great, Saul, welcomed many visitors to the church during the day, including the Rev Charles Minchin, Team Vicar from the new Stroudwater Benefice of 15 churches, and Rev Steve Harrison, the new Team Rector from South Africa.
“Twenty-one people signed in with a sponsorship form, some had a lot of other supporters with them, we also held a coffee morning and were joined by visitors from Saul Marina,” said Gloria. “Everyone seemed pleased to have a welcoming party, and it’s always interesting to meet those giving up their time and working hard to raise money for GHCT.”

A team of 8 walkers from the Benefice of Thornbury and Oldbury-on-Severn (pictured) led by Rev Tom Keates started their day with Morning Prayer in the tin tabernacle of St Mary the Virgin, Shepperdine. They then walked up the Severn to St Arilda’s church in Oldbury for lunch, and on to St Mary’s and St Paul’s in Thornbury for a service of Evening Prayer at the end. They have so far raised over £800, which will be shared between their local churches and GHCT. “It was a lovely day of community and fellowship and a great way to raise funds for a good cause while appreciating the glorious gifts of God’s created world”, said Rev Keates.

Robin Taylor Gilbert from Great Witcombe joined Sue Padfield and Bob Dyke for a walking tour around 12 of Gloucester’s churches.

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