On Saturday (4th March) the annual Ride & Stride Awards ceremony was held at St Anne’s Church in Lewes. The annual Ride and Stride event is the main fundraiser for The Sussex Historic Churches Trust, a charity that supports historic church buildings.
Attended by the Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Peter Field, and other distinguished guests, it was a chance to celebrate the outstanding achievements of those taking part and to reflect on an eventful, if slightly wet, Ride & Stride 2016.
Rain didn’t stop play Despite the appalling weather on the day, about 300 adults and children took part and 130 churches were open across Sussex to welcome the participants and together they managed to raise almost £50,000. Graham Pound, Ride and Stride co-coordinator said: “This was an excellent achievement by all those who took part. I also want to recognise all the organisers and volunteers who work so hard behind the scenes to make the Ride & Stride successful.”
Graham also issued a plea for more help at this year’s event which takes place on Saturday 9th September. He said: “We urgently need three Area Organisers, one for Chichester City and also one for Chichester District, and one for Worthing.” If you think you can help please contact Graham, by post: Crouchers, Birdham Road, Chichester, PO20 7EQ Email: email@example.com or telephone 01243 788265
Churches and groups in the Diocese of Chichester are being encouraged to get involved this year. If your church is planning to be open to welcome participants or you have registered to take part for the first time then we want to hear from you. Remember that 50% of the amount raised goes to the Trust, from which the grants are made to repair and restore historic places of worship, while the other 50% goes back to the competitor’s local church.
Sussex Historic Churches Trust website: http://www.sussexhistoricchurchestrust.org.uk/
WINNERS & RUNNERS-UP in 2016
Below are the 2016 winners and runners up, some of whom are pictured above collecting their trophies and certificates. Congratulations and thank you to all of them, and everyone who took part.
Cycling: Individual Trophy
Robert Symmons from St Mary’s, Funtington was the winner of the individual trophy with 144 stars. The runner-up was Luke Doyle from St Bartholomew, Rogate with 122 stars.
Cycling: Individual Under 16’s Trophy
The winner of the under 16 cyclist’s trophy was Joseph Satchwell from St Luke’s, Stone Cross, with 51 stars, and the joint runners up were Callum Budd and Frazer Budd from St Peter & St Mary, Fishbourne with 48 stars.
Walkers: Individual Trophy
David Twinley from St Nicholas, Arundel, won the individual walkers trophy with 48 stars, and the runner up, just behind with 47 stars, was James Kelly from Holy Trinity, Lower Beeding.
Walkers: Team Trophy
The “Willingdon Walkers” from St Mary the Virgin, Willingdon won the team walkers trophy with 44 stars. They are:-
Sue Foster, Kate Agnew, Diana Service, Vicky Peattie, Mick Philips, Janet Ash, and Kay Caffyn.
The runners up were “Jimmy’s Team” from St James, Birdham with 35 stars. They are:-
Gill Clear, Sallie Drew, Rhona Laming and Josie Woodcock.
Walkers: Individual Under 16’s Trophy
The joint winners of the under 16’s walkers trophy again were Brooke, and Kylton Harman from St Peter the Hydneye, Eastbourne with 34 stars. Millie Creighton-Moore from St Mary’s, Aldingbourne was the runner up with 5 stars
Walkers: Team Trophy
The Ignite Youth Group St Mary Magdalene, Midhurst won the Under 16’s walkers trophy with 12 stars.
They are Abigail Robinson, Emily Bosley, Erin Haigh, Joshua Slade, Lila McDowell, and Cristina Pons.
Special Award Trophy
The special award trophy goes to Pat Weeks from St Margaret the Queen, Buxted who raised a record £1235 which is absolutely amazing. The runner-up was Pamela Lade from St John the Evangelist, Eastbourne who raised an also amazing £1126.
Thank you to Canon Richard Moatt for welcoming the Sussex Historic Churches Trust to St Anne’s for the use of the church for the presentation of the awards.