Saturday, 12 June 2021

Horse ride to church

A TEAM from All Saints Church in Peppard will be aiming to visit as many churches as possible in one

A TEAM from All Saints Church in Peppard will be aiming to visit as many churches as possible in one day.

Ian Fraser, who is leading the group, will be taking part in the Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust annual Ride and Stride event tomorrow (Saturday, September 14).

His previous record is 50 churches in Oxford but he admitted it will be a tall order to beat that number in the same city.

Mr Fraser, who will be joined by his wife Pat, said: “The city provides a wonderful opportunity to visit many places of worship, including college chapels.

“Three years ago I managed a total of 50 but Anno Domini suggests there is no chance we will match that total this time - but we will certainly be pounding the streets for eight hours.”

Mr Fraser, who lives adjacent to All Saints, in Church Lane, has organised a team of seven people from his church for the last 10 years.

During that time he has also visited churches in Norwich, Cheltenham, Cambridge and Winchester.

The team will be competing against 500 other churches and raising money to cover maintenance costs at their church as well as other churches that are in need of repair.

Mr Fraser said: “Each year we have had some very good financial sponsorship to the point that last year the team from our small church raised approximately £3500 - more than any other church in the county.”

To sponsor the team, call Mr Fraser on 01491 629631 or email ian_fraser@btinternet.com



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A WOMAN will be taking part in this year’s Ride and Stride event on Saturday on her horse.

Jane Havelock will ride Brandy from St Margaret’s Church in Mapledurham to St Peter’s Church in Caversham, where she worships.

She will be among sponsored walkers and cyclists who will be visiting as many churches as possible to collect donations towards the £100,000 needed to replace the dilapidated organ at St Peter’s.

Ride and Stride was started many years ago by friend of Sir John Betjeman to help maintain historic churches in Norfolk and has since spread to many other parts of the country. It is supported by the Historic Churches Trust and the Royal County of Berkshire Churches Trust. Half of the money raised goes towards the costs of repairs at selected historic churches of all denominations and the other half to the church nominated by the participant.

A team from All Saints’ Church in Peppard will be visitng churches in Oxford.

Ian Fraser, who will be leading the group with his wife Pat, said: “The city provides a wonderful opportunity to visit many places of worship, including college chapels.

“Three years ago I managed a total of 50 but Anno Domini suggests there is no chance we will match that total this time but we will be pounding the streets for eight hours.”

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