Whichford Concert raises £3,500.00

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The Carice Singers at Whichford

It was a perfect late summer evening on Saturday for the Whichford Concert, the trusts annual fund raising event ( apart from Ride and Stride). Guests were greeted with drinks at Whichford House with an opportunity to wander round the beautiful garden before coming over to the church. The church, quietly lit, was packed almost to capacity to hear the incredibly talented Carice singers perform music based on a theme of ‘Shakespeare to the Civil War’. The choir reduced the audience to a stunned silence followed by rapturous applause with their performance. In the interval, Dr Kevin Bond ( Chairman of the Trust ) spoke on the aims of the charity and with an encouragement to become a friend of the WCHCT. The concert was followed by dinner in the orangery at Whichford House. The concert has raised an incredible £3500.00.

The Trust would like to thank Simon & Bridget Herrtage for their hospitality hosting the evening and all their hard work. Also to John & Julia Melvin. Colin & Sophie Corlett , Terry & Barbara Maher, & Evie Macleod for having the sixteen members of the choir to stay and to the many friends and helpers who made the evening such a success.

Thanks also to our sponsors and advertisers: Knight Frank LLP, Macfarlanes LLP and Cheesewrights Notaries Public.

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Simon & Bridget Herrtage ( Hosts for Concert)
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Kevin ( Chairman ) & Sue Bond, Lesley (Treasurer) & Roger Reed
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Henrietta Kerr, Sarah Stoten & Charlotte Grimston
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George Parris ( Director of Carice Singers) with singer Imogen Sebba
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Singers in relaxed mode following the Concert

Ride and Stride at Grandborough with a cooked breakfast

Mist around the village in the morning turned into a gloriously sunny day on Saturday 8th September for the annual Warwickshire and Coventry Historic Churches Trust (WCHCT) - otherwise known as Ride and Stride. A number of people unable to participate in the bicycle ride took up the opportunity, along with the riders, to frequent The Shoulder of Mutton in Grandborough for an excellent cooked breakfast, especially laid on to support the event to kick off the day to a good start. Thanks to Carol and Sue plus the Shoulders' wider team to make this happen. The bicycle ride was circa 30 miles around the Warwickshire villages visiting churches along the way. At a number of the churches, refreshments and snacks were provided by volunteers, thus ensuring that the intrepid cyclists kept their energy levels up throughout the day. The group also manged to meet up with Grandborough's own; Barbara Clutton, busy as always, but found helping out at Bourton-on-Dunsmore. The ride itself went really well, and luckily, the cyclists got back to Grandborough in time to support the annual produce show which had clashed with the date this year. St Peter's in Grandborough was open to support the event, thanks to help from Peter and Dorothy Johnson. Thanks also to everyone that donated to the trust, riders and non riders and a special thanks to those that participated in the ride itself and made the day so enjoyable. If anyone unable to attend the event but wishing to donate to the Trust please contact Chris Bilsborrow on 01788522132.

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Ride & Stride Day at St Peter's Whatcote

I chose the delightful church of St Peter’s Whatcote to ‘stay put’ and wait for riders and striders to come to me. This was great success and here are some of the riders who came:

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10.33 am. Ian Petty and his extended family from Barton on Heath. they were planning on visiting 9 churches.

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12.02 pm. From Clifford Chambers: Myles Thornton, Susan James, Adrian Musgrave , Len Potter & Paul Carris.

Intending to bike about 40 miles they were already half way round.

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12.14pm. Bridget and David Burton from Upper Tysoe taking it steady.
Bridget was riding a bike that she bought when she was only 14 years old-well over 50 years ago !

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1.04pm. On your marks, ready steady go!! to Simon Pipe of Ettington who was running round as many churches as he could, Whatcote was his eighth!

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1.09pm. Bob and Sue Hunter came from Middleton Cheney in Northamptonshire to take part. They choose a different county each year to ride in, starting in Shipston they were enjoying the perfect cycling weather!

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1.22pm.Cameron Black escorts his mum Sally from Halford, it was Sally first time on a bike for over ten years !

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1.43pm Bishop Christopher with son Ashley (left) and Orion ( Bishop’s Intern ) after their pub lunch.They were cycling round the Shipton Circuit.

The Trustees of the WHCT would like to thank all those who took part in this years event and also to our organiser Will Hawkes who is retiring after this year. We are looking for a replacement so if you think this is something you would like to do please get in touch.

Ride and Stride 2012

Here is a little clip that you can see all about a typical Ride and Stride day.


Whichford Concert

This years main fund raising event apart from Ride and Stride will be a concert at St Michael's Church Whichford on the 15th September. The Concert will be preceded by drinks in the garden and dinner afterwards at Whichford House by kind permission of Mr & Mrs Simon Herrtage. This will be quite a special event and it is hoped will raise the profile of the charity in the county.

The Carice Singers will be performing madrigals and sacred music on the theme of 'Shakespeare and the Civil War.'

Details and application form

Ride and Stride News Letter 2012

You can download our letter of encouragement here

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