WCHCT Members Drinks Party at Longdon Manor

On 22nd September Members and supporters of The WCHCT were invited to a drinks party in the beautiful setting of Longdon Manor near Shipston . Being a warm and balmy evening drinks took place in the wonderful garden. After generous glasses of sparkling wine and plates of delicious eats, members were given an update on the trusts activities and future plans from James Kerr.

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Trusttee James Kerr updates members

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Friends enjoy drinks in the garden at Longdon Manor

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and great eats!

Ride and Stride 2013

It is now just over a week since Ride and Stride took place, and to date responses look encouraging. In order to qualify for our CHURCH and INDIVIDUAL AWARDS ( See Ride and Stride Page ) worth £250.00 and £100.00 respectively your returns need to be back to Claire Ragg by 1st November.

We are really keen for you to use
Just Giving in order to collect your sponsorship, you can create your own page by clicking onto our link, it reduces administrative paperwork for you and us. We know that this does not suit everybody yet so we welcome your contributions by what ever method you choose.

If you have any photos or stories about your ride please email them across for the website - we would love to hear from you.

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Riders and Striders outside St Mary’s Church Tysoe.

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Emily Willing aged 8 with her mother Wendy of Ettington - who rode over 25 miles and visited 11 churches !

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Asia Wieloch and Adam Marshall ride for Pillerton Hersey - used Just Giving to get their sponsors.

Ride and Stride Prizes


The Trustees will award £250.00 to the church with the highest sponsorship received.

The Trustees will award £100.00 to the church of the individual rider or strider with the highest sponsorship received.

To qualify for this your sponsorship money must be paid to the treasurer by 1st November 2013. In the event of a tie, the prize money will be split equally between winners. Trustees decision is final.

Carice singers at Hampton Lucy

You may recall The Carice singer who sang for us at Whichford last year, They are performing in the county again at
St Peter ad Vincula,
Hampton Lucy on Saturday 7th September at 7.30


The Carice Singers, directed by George Parris are giving a concert of English Romantic composers at 7.30pm on Saturday 7th September at St. Peter ad Vincula, Hampton Lucy. The group consist of Choral Scholars, many of whom are intending to pursue a professional career. Tickets £10, to include refreshments, on the door or ring 01789 7402786.  

Ride and Stride 2013

Ride and Stride information / forms for 2013 is now available here

Ride and Stride 2013

Dear Supporter of The Ride and Stride
I am sorry that we are somewhat late with circulating the information about this year’s R and S on
Saturday 14th September.  We aim to let you have your information packages in the near future, using much of the documentation from last year which is still on our webpage and is being updated.  Fortunately, this year we have the support of Claire Ragg who will bring the administration of the R and S together and you can contact Claire on  claire@everythingbutthetea.com.
We will soon be sending you an update of what has been happening over the past year in terms of grant giving and organisation development.  You will understand that the needs for investment in our churches and other places of worship continue to grow.  Demands on public giving have also increased so we have been most fortunate with the sums which Riders and Striders have raised over the years.  Last year you managed to raise in excess of £10,000 plus gift aid contributions.  This has allowed us both through direct repayment to the churches and through grant giving to help many of our churches to undertake important works. 
Thank you once more for all that you have done.  Please tell friends, family and work colleagues about this years R and S and let’s work to raise more money than last year.

Kevin Bond ( Chairman)

Claire Ragg

WCHCT would like to welcome Claire Ragg who has been appointed as our part time administrator. She will be dealing in the first instance with Ride and Stride.

Her contact details can be found on the
contact page

Ride and Stride 2012

We are still waiting for the last of donations to come in for the Ride and Stride 2012 before we can announce our total. However it looks as if we are ‘down’ by about a third on previous years which is slightly disappointing but is very much in line with donations to charities in general.

We would like to thank all those who participated whether you were a rider, responsible for opening your church or helping in any other way .

Below are some worthy mentions:

The highest fund raisers were Robert Perkins and Paul Williams of St Nicholas  Warwick, Godfrey & Caroline Carr of Lillington, and Charles Catt & Rev Craig Groocock of Harbury; and of course the Bishop with figures that range between £400- £800 - so thank you very much for that.

Riders:  the top number of visit scorers were Chris Johnson of Pillerton (39), Rev Marion Hartwell of Long Itchington Congregational, and Charles Catt and Craig Groocock of Harbury (27).  

We had 120 Riders, same as last year but half of these were new this year.

Below : outside Whatcote church

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