Results 2010 Bike Ride - exciting news

Exact figures are to be confirmed and will be published after Christmas . However I am delighted to announce that preliminary total is around £15,000 exceeding last years total by around a £1000.00. This has bucked the national trend in these difficult economic times. Well done all those who have supported us either as riders, striders or organisers.

If you have photographs of the ride that I can put onto the site please
Email them to me - James Kerr

Top: Young riders set out from Ettington

Below: Outside Pillerton Hersey

AA Publication

In partnership the our parent body the National Churches Trust, The Automobile Association are publishing a guide to local churches nationwide. This exciting project will bring together over 30 County Trusts, The National Churches Trust, The Historic Chapels Trust, The Heritage of London Trust, The Churches Conservation Trust, Friends of Friendless Churches, The Scottish Churches Architectural Heritage Trust. WCHCT are participating in this project providing six tours throughout the county and have provided all information required by the AA publishing team by their very strict deadline of the end of November. Publication date will be for late 2011. Thanks to John Scouller and Helen Mcgowan for researching and writing the text . Photographs have been supplied by James Kerr.

Ride and Stride Story Sept 2010

Saturday 11
th September 2010

25 cyclists, of varying ages and abilities, met at Ettington Church at 10am on a beautiful, sunny and warm late summer morning. With last minute arrangements sorted, and a photo shoot, we finally moved onto the charming Ettington Quakers House at 10.30am.
From there things moved on a bit more swiftly, and we visited the churches of Ettington Park, Alderminster, Whitchurch, Newbold, Halford, Idlicote, and Whatcote. Then to lunch at the pub in Whatcote. The afternoon route then led us to the Oxhill, Kineton and Pillerton churches, all beautiful in their different ways. Then homeward bound, the 16 remaining cyclists arriving back in Ettington at 5.15pm.
Many, many congratulations go to all the children who took part, Ruby (7) who managed 2 miles, Paige (7) who succeeded to do 3, Molly (12) who had to stop at Halford after a determined 11 miles, Rhianna (10) who retired on the Idlicote hill after a gallant 12½ miles, Freddie (7) who completed at lunch having done 14½ miles, Jack (9) who did 16 fast miles, George (10) who did a fantastic 18½ miles, Ollie who cycled hard for 23½ miles, James (9) who joined us after his swimming lesson and completed a great 10½ miles, Hugh (13) and Ben (15) who played school rugby and then cycled 14 miles. And big, big congratulations to Madi (10), Jasper (8), Will (8), Hannah (10), and Megan (14) who did the whole amazing 25 miles.
Our cycling improvement award goes to both George and Freddie, who both got so much quicker and cycling proficient as the day went on.
The ride would not have been a success without firstly the vehicle support of Jonathan, who both picked up and delivered stray cyclists, bikes, and lunches, and without secondly the hospitality of the lovely churches we visited. The drinks, biscuits and sweets, we were given, kept us fortified for the miles ahead.
As yet we do not know how much we have raised for both Ettington Church, and Warwickshire Historic Churches. Thank you very much to everyone who supported these well deserving causes. It was a great day out, with the churches and surrounding countryside looking at their best in the late summer sunshine.


Churches open update

I have just put up the latest ‘churches open’ list on the ride and stride page, it will help you to plan your route for Ride and Stride day - 11th September . The Bishop of Coventry will be joining us again this year but as yet we do not know which route he will ride.

Warwickshire Life magazine will publishing a feature about WCHCT in the September issue which comes out this week to coincide with Ride and Stride .

Interview on BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Radio

Yesterday, trustee James Kerr and others were interviewed about the state of repair of Warwickshire churches listen again on this link and put the cursor on 1 hr 29.

Ride & Stride Forms 2010

We have just posted new Ride and Stride information for 2010 that can be downloaded from our information and forms page . Will Hawkes our Ride and Stride organiser has revised and simplified the paperwork making it easier than ever to understand.

Photo : Will ( left ) talks to the Bishop of Coventry both of whom participated in the 2009 ride and stride event

New Rides for 2010

As promised last year it is our intention to publish at least two new rides a year, thereby adding to our list each year to make a small library of rides through out the county. At the moment we are concentrating on the northern part of the county which is not so well represented. Now on line is Rugby North, soon to be followed by Rugby South.
To remind you, the aim of the rides is to give suggested routes that can be enjoyed by the experienced as well as the occasional cyclist visiting a selection of interesting churches in your area. You can go to as many churches or as few as you wish.

Feilding family ancestors at Monks Kirby

New Trustee elected

The trustees would like to ‘welcome aboard’ new trustee Councillor Colin Hayfield. Colin lives in the north of the county at Shustoke near Coleshill were we are under represented. He is an archeologist, and no doubt his talents and skills will be most useful to the trust.

Annual General Meeting, 24th May 2010

Our Annual General Meeting takes place on 24th May at 6.30pm at St John the Baptist Berkeswell .

It will be preceded by Compline in the 12th Century Crypt, and finish with a revolving slide show of Warwickshire Churches with refreshments and a glass of wine.

All are welcome to come, It would be helpful if you could please
Email us for numbers

Crypt St John the Baptist, Berkeswell

The Newsletter

This will be published by E mail to those on our various mailing lists and will also be available from this site - see Newsletters.

Results of Ride and Stride 2009

£14,000 was raised this year including Gift Aid,
80% of churches in the county were open and more than 100 people either ride or stride. For more information look at our February newsletter