Over 150 people came to hear Tamsin Waley Cohen and Huw Watkins rendition of Vaughan Williams 'Lark Ascending' in the wonderful sacred space of this church left an audience in stunned silence.
Ably supported by Lynn Farleigh with some fine readings this was a concert to remember.
The Chairman and Trustees would like to thank all those whose support made this possible, this included principle benefactors: Robert Waley-Cohen, Ludovic de Walden and Bridget Herrtage for financing the concert. Church wardens: John Anderton and Norma King for allowing us to use this wonderful church and their hard work in preparing the church for the concert.
Concert in progress at All Saints
Tamsin Waley - Cohen with her Stradivarius
Presentation by James Kerr to Huw Watkins after the concert with Lynn Farleigh looking on.
This included on a novel Pentecostal Service complete with 21st century effects - a drone with pentecostal fire !
Trusttee James Kerr updates members
Friends enjoy drinks in the garden at Longdon Manor
and great eats!
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.
Riders and Striders outside St Mary’s Church Tysoe.
Emily Willing aged 8 with her mother Wendy of Ettington - who rode over 25 miles and visited 11 churches !
Asia Wieloch and Adam Marshall ride for Pillerton Hersey - used Just Giving to get their sponsors.
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 email@example.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)
Her contact details can be found on the contact page
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.
MORE PHOTOS TO FOLLOW....
Simon & Bridget Herrtage ( Hosts for Concert)
Kevin ( Chairman ) & Sue Bond, Lesley (Treasurer) & Roger Reed
Henrietta Kerr, Sarah Stoten & Charlotte Grimston
George Parris ( Director of Carice Singers) with singer Imogen Sebba
Singers in relaxed mode following the Concert
If you have a story and photo about your Ride and Stride day that you would like to see published here please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
10.33 am. Ian Petty and his extended family from Barton on Heath. they were planning on visiting 9 churches.
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.
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 !
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!
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!
1.22pm.Cameron Black escorts his mum Sally from Halford, it was Sally first time on a bike for over ten years !
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.
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This new title is an illustrated guide to the great English churches that are outside the traditional canon of the cathedrals, revealing a wide array of art and architecture from Anglo-Saxon ruins to the most modern church buildings. Follow this link to see more details on our website:
Looking at Churches: The Medieval Parish Church and the Community taking place on 19th Jan 2012 at Hill Close Gardens Warwick.
Medieval art and society : looking at the west midlands taking place December 8th 2011 at Warwickshire County Records Office.
Included are details of our 2011 AGM - which will be held at St Gregory's Tredington Church on the 23rd May.
Helen McGowan of Divine Inspiration and one of our trustees has organised 'An Ecclesiastical Adventure' with Clive Fewins a 'church detective' to follow on from the AGM.
Tredington Church is one of the Gems in the Coventry Diocese with layers of history that go back to Anglo Saxon times. Clive will explain how to read a church's history from the visual clues seen around the church.
For more information download the newsletter -
Interior and Nave Tredington Church
Church Door with musket ball holes from the Civil War
Ride and Stride 2010 – Some interesting fact and figures
Total Amount Raised £15,000 (Provisional)
85% of churches were open in the diocese
Most visited Church: Great Wolford with 31 cyclists followed by Ettington Friends (Quaker) with 30 riders.
Most amount raised by individual Rider : Alec Ross of Stretton on Dunsmore with £1100.00 – see separate story.
Runners up were St Nicolas Warwick and All Saints Ladbroke with Lillington both with £400.00
Most churches visited was Revd Dr Richard Hare , Rector of the Bedworth Team who did 30 churches, followed by Dr John Bennett of Long Compton with 27 churches.
Two dogs were sponsored : Isla, who walked with her masters Derrek and Krystina Allen from Pillerton to Halford. and Ralph who took his master Patrick Godfrey –Young around the Hartshill area.
Largest Party 25 Cyclist from Ettington
Number of Riders : there were 117 riders of which half were had not ridden before.
Many thanks and well done for all those who took part.
We are now looking forward to beating last years effort in 2011
There are conditions to applications but this sum of money, taken with the fantastic achievements of our Ride and Striders in raising monies will triple the total sums available for distribution this current year.
How fantastic is that!
Chairman - Kevin Bond
Alec got his company UK Mail plc to match the amount he raised, enabling him to raise a staggering £1100 for WCHCT. Well done Alec and congratulations!
Below is an extract from Divine Inspiration's October Gatekeeper which describes his day:
“I had a warm welcome at so many churches, as well as tea, coffee, home-made cake and biscuits and squash. Particular mention must go to St Leonard’s, Birdingbury with a choice of four types of biscuit!”
“I met some lovely people on my journey. Especially memorable stops were Bishops Itchington and Hunningham. Less happy to relate were the sorry sights of Radford Semele and All Saints, Leamington Hastings, both shrouded in scaffolding following arson attacks.”
“I occasionally encountered other cyclists, but they were few and far between. Perhaps I chose a less popular route, but it was one that I could highly recommend and would encourage more cyclists to take on the challenge next year. You can see photos of some of the churches I visited here - most of them feature the bike!”
“In all in was a great day out with a good pub lunch in the White Hart in Ufton, 45 miles of rain-free cycling, 23 churches and £1100 raised for the charity.”
Alec with bike.......
Sir John Owen, who died recently was a central figure in the development of The Warwickshire and Coventry Historic Churches Trust. John, who despite a long history at the cutting edge of law, never lost his gentle and humorous disposition which derived from his Christian upbringing and lifelong advocacy for his faith. John Owen made decisions whilst a High Court Judge which fundamentally affected the rights of people. Whilst a Trustee of our Trust and a stalwart member of the Ride and Stride Group John was central to the development of Warwickshire rides which do so much to raise cash for the care of our churches; a matter he felt deeply about and was so obvious from his energy in supporting his local church in Idlecote. Long time Dean of The Arches Sir John understood cannon law as well as any man yet always understood that the key to the future of our churches lay with local people working to maintain their local buildings. John Owen will be sadly missed by his many friends and colleagues.
Kevin Bond Chairman WCHCT
The death of Sir John Owen on 9 December 2010, has deprived the Warwickshire and Coventry Historic Churches Trust of an outstanding trustee. He joined the Trust over a decade ago after a lifetime of distinction in the law, and worked tirelessly for our cause. As Dean of the Arches he rose to the top of the Anglican ecclesiastical system, and retained a keen interest in church buildings and their parishioners. Despite his eminence in his profession, he was a man of great modesty; always ready to allow others to express their views before he contributed to discussion; and then helping us reach a sound conclusion with his customary perception, common sense and humour. Those of us who managed to fight our way through deep snow to his funeral service were moved by the contributions in his memory and felt it wholly appropriate that laughter played such a part in remembering a man of impressive and varied parts, who was never afraid to take an original and unexpected line if it led to a sensible solution of a problem. We had learnt to recognise the naughty twinkle in his eye which usually preceded this.
In addition to being a Trustee, Sir John was a keen member of the Ride & Stride group and used his energies to help us significantly to increase our funds for the repair of our county's churches.
We will miss him, and our sympathy and commiserations are with his wife, Valerie, and the family.
Will Hawkes and Dr Charles Brown
THERE IS TO BE A MEMORIAL SERVICE AT COVENTRY CATHEDRAL
AT 3PM ON THURSDAY 24TH MARCH
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
WARWICKSHIRE HISTORIC CHURCHES CYCLE RIDE
Saturday 11th 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.
Warwickshire Life magazine will publishing a feature about WCHCT in the September issue which comes out this week to coincide with Ride and Stride .
Photo : Will ( left ) talks to the Bishop of Coventry both of whom participated in the 2009 ride and stride event
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
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
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
The Trustees are delighted to be able to announce that Kevin Bond has joined the Trust as Chairman Elect. He will be taking over from Father Edward next year and already has wide ranging and impressive plans for the Trust's future. Kevin's background has been a lively mixture: starting out in the police force and then moving on to a successful and diverse business career at a national level, whilst maintaining his roots in Warwickshire. We feel we have been very fortunate to attract his interest and ready help at a time when the Trust is in particular need of it.
Several hundred cyclists took part in 'Ride and Stride' a sponsored bike ride around local churches, it included the Bishop of Coventry -The Rt Revd Dr Christopher Cocksworth ( centre with bike ) pictured here with a group of cyclists including Helen Hide Wright and her children Inca and Louis outside All Saints, Burton Dassett, prior to cycling approx 30 miles and visiting a dozen churches in support of Ride and Stride Warwickshire.
As part of National Churches Trust "Ride and Stride" event , 10,000 churches were specially opened throughout the nation, this included three hundred in the Coventry Diocese.
An Extract from the Barcheston with Withington Village News
If anyone can do it John can! Not everyone can be a cyclist and sitting a’stride’ to ride a tractor on the Stride and Ride route was John Peebles way of raising money for Barcheston Church and the Historic Churches Trust. John attached a trailer to his tractor and a host of Peebles’, Llewelyn’s, Weaver’s, Russon’s, Windebeck’s and Williams’ joined in the fun. They called at 10 churches, raised plenty of eyebrows and £270. What a terrific idea this was and marvellous that doing something that is such fun can also raise a good sum of money. Well done to everyone involved!
photo: Keith Windebank.
Shortly after the four founder trustees established the Warwickshire and Coventry Historic Trust in 1978, Norman Painting himself became a Trustee and in due course Chairman. To that position he brought great energy and an exemplary devotion to supporting the many beautiful and historic churches of the area. His academic training strengthened his knowledge of all aspects of these historic buildings, which formerly perhaps had been concentrated on the Collegiate Church of St. Mary, Warwick, where he was Chairman of the Friends.
Over many years he supported the various activities of the Trust, even insisting his home be used as arranged for a Christmas Carol Concert and Supper, although he had to lie in his bed upstairs having succumbed to influenza. On another occasion he exercised his skill in music by playing the piano at a Country House supper party. He brought to Trustees' Meetings a deep appreciation and understanding of the place of the Parish Church in the fabric of a village - both architecturally and in the life of the community. He had a real "feeling" for Warwickshire, and of what was important, and we always listened with admiration and respect to what he had to say.
His link with the B.B.C. furthered a successful broadcast appeal for Funds for the Trust, carried out with great success by fellow Trustee, Dame Judi Dench.
In later years failing health meant active support became less but his interest in the Trust never lessened and woe befell the Secretary who omitted to send him the latest Minutes of Trustees' meetings!
His support was invaluable in the formative years of The Trust and for that the present Trustees are, and will continue to be, profoundly grateful.
Dr Charles Brown, Trustee