Cycle or walk around Shakespeare’s stunning countryside on the Bard’s Ride on Saturday September 14th 2019. It’s a great day out – there’s something for everyone! There are two cycle routes to choose from. 

Cycling Challenge Ride

Starts at the Village Green, Newbold-on-Stour. The route is 50 miles of cycling around 15 churches, riding over hills with breathtaking views, taking in Shakespeare’s church in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Family Fun Ride

Starts at the Village Green, Newbold-on-Stour. The route is 17 miles of gentle cycling in beautiful south Warwickshire countryside, with four churches open for refreshments, activities and a Quiz.

Plus …Bard’s Walk

Beginning at Honington Church and ending at Honington Hall, a lovely 8-mile walk around pretty villages and eight churches including Tredington and Whatcote.

A limited number of spaces are available, so don’t miss out! Register at RiderHQ.com from 7th June 2019.


Find out more here. 


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All Saints is a large Anglican Grade II listed Church, dating from 1842, which is on the southern side of the town of Leamington Spa. It dates from 1842, but Christian worship has been offered on this site for perhaps a thousand years.

WCHCT received an application for a grant from All Saints in 2016. The Parish population was 3,810 but they had an electoral roll of only 65 people. All Saints had significant repair and maintenance issues and costs, all of which were significantly out of proportion to the size and resources of the congregation.

This is a church that is open to the community and a café is run inside the church four days a week, so the WCHCT wanted to help. Our grant of £5000 went a little way to reducing their shortfall for urgent work needed in re-slating the South Aisle / Baptistry roof.

To find out more about applying for grants, click here.

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Judi Dench and the Bard’s Ride


Judi Dench, our Patron, has sent a message of support for the Bard’s Ride on September 14th: “Churches and chapels are at the heart of our British heritage, and Shakespeare Country – which I am so fond of – is where some of the most beautiful ones in Britain were built and still stand sentinel over the landscape. Please help our Trust to preserve our precious past by joining us on the Bard’s Ride – a fantastic fundraising Ride, cycling through stunning Warwickshire scenery past beautiful churches that would have inspired the Bard in his lifetime.”




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This year Ride and Stride takes place on Saturday 14th September 2019.

Last year Jacqueline Hesketh sent us these Rider photos from St Peter’s, Dunchurch.

More information about  Ride and Stride 2019 can be found here. If you have any queries please contact admin@warwickshirechurches.org.uk


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