Ride and Stride - This Year


All documentation to enter the Ride and Stride is at this link:

Ride and Stride is the sponsored event in aid of the Staffordshire Historic Churches Trust.


On the second Saturday of September every year, all over England, cyclists and walkers
(and drivers) are sponsored to visit churches; and churches open between 10am and 6pm
to receive them. Half the money raised is returned to your church to use how you wish;
the other half is given in grants to churches of all denominations towards the cost of
repairs and maintenance. Ride and Stride is the principal source of income for SHCT.


Ride and Stride day is also the best time in the year to visit churches and find them open
throughout the day.


In 2019:  

113 Churches took part in Staffordshire

46 Cyclists and walkers were sponsored


In 2020:

Last year the event was much reduced but nevertheless £7,830 was raised which will increased by Gift Aid.  Nationally the total sum raised was £1,240,437.


A trophy  was presented to the cyclist who raised most money - this was Tony Owen of St Leonard's, Wigginton who raised the wonderful sum of £1,400! 

TONY OWEN Ride and Stride Cyclist - trophy winner!

Staffordshire Historic Churches Trust: Ride and Stride Sat 12th Sept 2020

It’s 10.00am on a bright sunny morning when I meet up with Alison and her husband Roz at St Editha’s Church, as we prepare to set off on the challenge of riding from church to church in support of St Leonard’s Church and The Staffordshire Historic Churches Trust.  

I am also joined by 5 members of a  local cycling group that we all belong to who normally meet up on Tuesday and Sunday mornings for regular cycle rides as a means of keeping fit. They enjoy the event, in addition to providing me with support.
Before we set off on the ride, there is the small matter of encouraging people to sponsor us. I am lucky in that I have lived in the same house in Mildenhall since 1976, so many of the residents do recognise me when I appear knocking on their doors. I am proud of the fact that 33 of the 158 households in the road contributed, not overlooking the sponsors living in the linked Closes and on other areas of Brown’s Lane Estate, Perrycrofts and Wigginton. Additional contributions were received from my daughter and son-in- law’s company, Axiom Contracts Limited, Dave Owen Cycles, my other daughter’s family members and the cycling group. I remain very grateful to every one of them. I am told that the fact that the ride coincides with the harvest of my Bramley Apples, that I try to share with many of my sponsors, helps me to gain support. I had one new source of support this year through my lovely friend Jayne Mahony and her daughter Aimee who live in Haunton. Jayne was considering doing the ride, as she belongs to the cycling group, but having only recovered from a serious illness earlier this year, thought that the 34 mile route that I had got planned was a pedal too far. Not to be excluded, she decided that she wanted to do something to support the event and, with the churches being closed this year, decided that she would set up a refreshment stage from her front drive. This turned out to be a master stroke, as they raised in excess of
£150.
The churches visited included: St Editha’s, Tamworth > St Andrew’s, Kettlebrook > Spital Chapel, Tamworth > St Leonard’s, Wigginton > St Matthew’s, Harlaston > St Andrew’s, Clifton Campville > National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas > All Saints, Alrewas > St Stephen’s, Fradley > St Giles, Whittington.

It is remarkable to confirm that between Alison and myself we have raised in excess of £1,400 for the cause. We were all exhausted at the end of the ride but felt that it was very worthwhile.

Ride and Stride 2020

Vintage Austin 7s

Sarah Elsome (Hamstall Ridware), Migo Wood (Salt), Lucy Leigh (Hamstall Ridware) and Sunny Eades (Mavesyn Ridware) enjoyed a day out in two vintage Austin 7’s and visited 24 churches

Gnosall Methodists

Bill Basford (l) and Paul Birch (r) from Gnosall Methodist rode 44 miles and visited 18 churches. Quote from Bill:

A good ride on a good day with good company for a good cause.’


Ride and Stride 2021


  • You and your church can get involved by sending out sponsored riders and striders, and by welcoming visitors to your church.

  • If you are not a member of a church (but still care about the buildings) you are very welcome to take part.  Please contact the county organiser - details below.

  • Ride and Stride Day is Saturday 11th September between 10am and 6pm (or as long as you can manage)

  • A provisional list of churches taking part will be available by mid-July; final list in mid-August; late comers will be published on the website.  Most churches will be open and manned to welcome visitors.  Sometimes this isn't possible and the church will be opened and not manned.


  • Please let me know if you would like to organise a group walk or cycle ride in your area.

  • A trophy will be presented to the cyclist or walker who visits most churches

  • We have leaflets about the work of the Trust; if you could make good use of some (but not to gather dust at the back of a church!) please indicate on the registration form (up to a limit of 10)



  • For more information please contact the Staffordshire county organiser,

Email: John Wallbridge.

Address: 171 Newhampton Road West Wolverhampton WV6 0RP




All documentation to enter the Ride and Stride is at this link:

CHURCHES YOU MIGHT LIKE TO VISIT IN 2021