Pedal your way around Norfolk’s churches
This year’s Bike Ride in aid of the Norfolk Churches Trust will take place next month, and we are all invited to pump up our tyres or dust off our walking boots to help preserve the county’s wonderful church buildings.
The organisers are urging people to cycle, walk or even drive to as many Norfolk churches as possible on Saturday September 11, in order to raise funds for their church. There is now a new facility to register for the Bike Ride online as well as a Church and Chapel Open List which will be kept updated.
Charles Inglis, Chairman of the Norfolk Churches Trust Bike Ride Committee, said “We are hoping that people enjoyed last year and will want to get out and explore the county’s magnificent churches, and raise funds for those churches in the process.
“Last year the Bike Ride exceeded all possible expectations and produced a record-breaking result. An extraordinary total of £174,382 was raised by 831 participants. This represented an amazing increase of around £80,000 on the previous year and a 45% increase in people taking part. The number of places of worship receiving cheques increased from 293 to 331.
“This is a fantastic way to raise money for your church when many fundraising activities have been lost or curtailed this year and the success of this event is largely down to lots of people making small contributions which add up to a large amount of money to help save our iconic and historic Norfolk churches.”
Norfolk Churches Trust is also offering a £1,000 prize for the most improved church. In other words, the church which shows the most improvement in its Bike Ride fund-raising compared to last year. This is an opportunity to make a substantial difference to your church’s finances.
The Rt Revd Graham Usher, Bishop of Norwich said: “I am delighted to support the Norfolk Churches Trust bike ride once again this year and would encourage you to show your support by taking a ride or drive around our beautiful county. Our churches are sacred and special places – treasure troves of memory for generations of people, where they keep encountering the presence of Jesus in these places of prayerful stillness, peace, and beauty. They belong to all the community, and this is a great opportunity to play your part in their repair and preservation for future generations.”
Participants can raise funds either by using JustGiving, or collecting sponsorship directly. Full details are on the Norfolk Churches Trust website. There are also details of the Prince of Wales Certificate, featured routes and activity sheets. There will be an opportunity to send in any photographs you take during the day with the chance to win £50 and have their pictures published in the Eastern Daily Press. Do check the Wall of Fame for the people who visited the most churches.
The website, which also includes safety guidance for those taking part, explains “You can cycle, walk or drive, and every year we see increasing numbers of interesting modes of transport – vintage cars, tandems, pony and trap, boats and canoes. Anything goes! When planning your route you might like to look at our list of open churches, Simon Knott’s Norfolk Churches website and the Diocese of Norwich website Exploring Norfolk Churches.”
For more information about the Bike Ride, or to register to take part, click here.
Read our story about last year’s successful Bike Ride here.
This story is based on an article in the Diocese of Norwich newsletter.
The above photo is courtesy of Norfolk Churches Trust.