Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust
It’s not long now until our next annual Ride and Stride on the 9th September 2017 and we are looking for local families to take the challenge and join us.
Ride and Stride is a sponsored event whereby participants travel between our wonderful churches, enjoying their architecture and history which, let’s face it, we often take for granted. The funds raised ensures their beauty can be appreciated by future generations. So why not get on your bike, feet, horse, tractor or any form of transport you choose to search out and support all the finest church architecture Oxfordshire has to offer? Believe it or not, churches do not mend themselves, they need constant repair, maintenance and improvements. Our churches are not only places of worship, they are community focal points, providing a venue for playgroups, events, celebrations, festivals as well as being a place of peace and sanctuary.
Our Ride and Stride event is the perfect opportunity to get outdoors as a family, get some exercise, give back to your community and seek out some of our hidden treasures. Why not check out the glorious fan vaulted chapel at North Leigh or count the gargoyles in St Mary’s at Adderbury?
Thanks to over 500 participants we raised £115,000 last year but that isn’t enough to help our churches and communities in need. Why not take the challenge and help us to reach our 2017 target of £140,000. Over 500 churches in the county will open their doors to participants between 10am and 6pm. Age is no excuse, our youngest participant last year was just a few months old and our eldest ninety one!