What about riding or walking round local churches on Saturday 8th September and raising money through sponsorship to help them fund repairs and maintenance? Money raised is shared equally with Nottinghamshire Historic Churches Trust and your named church or chapel. The Trust gives grants to Christian churches and chapels for essential restoration and repairs, thereby encouraging the raising of often daunting sums of money needed for such work.
The Ride+Stride raises a significant amount of the Trust’s income and is a great way to see some interesting places and take some exercise, on a bike, or even a horse, or walking or running! Striders, wheelchair users and pushchair pushers can all join in. Stewards at the open churches can raise sponsorship for the hours they are on duty, or those who give the churchyard a good tidy-up, or the church/chapel an ‘autumn clean’ after the summer.
Serving refreshment is always welcome by riders and striders! Perhaps you might just open your church and display the form for participants to sign to show that they have visited. Choose your own route, avoiding joining the Tour of Britain in our area that day, while perhaps benefitting from freshly tarmac-d roads!
Information, sponsor forms and lists of participating churches can be obtained from Margaret Lowe on 07757 800919 or email email@example.com.