Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust

Ride + Stride

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Bike church and teapot foot

Many historic churches, chapels and meeting houses are battling to survive. Roofs leak, ancient timbers rot and medieval stonework crumbles.

Now you can help by joining the Ride + Stride adventure. A sponsored drive, bike ride or walk, discovering beautiful churches, which also raises money for their repair and preservation.

Ride +Stride will take place on Saturday 9th September 2017.

Ride +Stride is a national open churches event, but it’s one with a twist – as well as getting out and about you can raise money to help churches in your area. The idea is for as many places of worship as possible to be open and for as many people as possible to get sponsored for visiting them.

The sponsorship money raised is then shared 50/50 between the YHCT and the individual church of your choice.

This year we are  introducing a team challenge. Here’s how it works:

A team of up to 8 cyclists is recruited by a lead cyclist.

The lead cyclist or team leader emails the YHCT coordinator Vanessa White on vanbarassociates@gmail.com with the team name, and location / district of team. Vanessa will set up a team My Donate page on your behalf.

Team leader to encourage a minimum contribution of £30 from each cyclist, which is payable on line through the team’s My Donate page.

Team to plan a route.

Team leader to see if churches on the route could be open and possibly offering refreshments. Vanessa will help with links with churches.

If possible it would be brilliant if each team leader could recruit another lead cyclist either in their area or elsewhere: The more the merrier.

Half the money raised is returned to you to support your local or nominated church. The other half goes to supporting all Yorkshire’s churches. The team raising the most can donate all funds raised by that team to the church of your choice.

2017 materials:

To get involved download a sponsorship form .

Check the list of churches (coming soon) that have told us they will be open for visitors on 10th September. Do also check the Heritage Open Day website for ideas of places to visit.  Heritage Open Day events

Further materials:   Ride+Stride Information Sheet  Manned Churches Sign-in Form

The following website has all the branding materials you will need to advertise the event at your church: http://www.nationalchurchestrust.org/ridestride/ridestride-branding

2015 routes : Holderness Gems route  Kirklees route  Lower Calderdale route   – please note, we cannot guarantee all the churches on the route will be open this year, but these give you an idea of the kind of routes you plan?

For further information about the event, and how to take part, visit the Ride and Stride website.





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