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Churches across Sussex welcomed Ride and Stride

Churches across Sussex welcomed Ride and Stride

Hundreds of churches across the diocese took part in one of the biggest fundraising events in Sussex.

Ride and Stride is a national event and locally run by the Sussex Historic Churches Trust.

The event encourages people to get on their bikes or walking shoes and travel to as many churches as possible in the day. A few years ago the Revd David Farey, vicar at Hellingly, rode around some churches on horseback. He said: "It might have been stretching the rules a bit but people get sponsored according to the number of churches they visit on the day, not how they do it.

“It raises money for our church buildings, but also encourages people to explore them. It's a chance for people who do not normally go to church to explore a vital part of our historical heritage.”

Tim Bartlett, from St Mary's, Old Town in Eastbourne, cycled virtually the entire length of the diocese from Chichester Cathedral to Rye Parish Church, a distance of over 100 miles, in aid of Sussex Ride and Stride. He left the cathedral at 8am and arrived in Rye at 4.45pm, and the Ride and Stride Representative for Rye, Canon Richard Orchard, was there to greet him.

Philip Crompton, from St Mary de Haura chose the Ride and Stride weekend to embark on a 250 mile bike ride from London to Paris to raise funds for the church. He said: I’m fundraising for Friends of St Mary de Haura because Urgent repairs are needed for this historic church.’ You can find out how to make a donation to Ride and Stride through the Sussex Historic Churches Trust website here.

Pictured: Tim and his bike outside Rye Church with Canon Richard Orchard, who is the Rye representative for Ride and Stride and the diocesan retired clergy representative.

Pictured: Philip pictured leaving London en-route for France