December 11 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Cycling fans are being invited to explore the county’s churches by pedal power and take part in the 30th anniversary of the Norfolk Churches Trust annual cycling event on Saturday.
Cyclists will also be pedalling hard across the county border in Suffolk on Saturday to raise funds for the county’s historic places of worship.
About 500 Suffolk churches will open their doors between 9am and 5pm to cyclists taking part in the 32nd Suffolk Historic Churches Trust Sponsored Bike Ride. The annual ride is the main source of income to Suffolk Historic Churches Trust, and the money raised by each participant in the ride is shared equally between the trust and the place of worship nominated by the cyclist.
Patrick Grieve, chairman of the bike ride, said: “There is no better way to spend a late summer day than cycling the lanes of Suffolk, calling at serene ancient churches. Fresh air and exercise does wonders for everyone, and the churches need and appreciate your support. Every penny raised goes back to the churches and chapels for their support and upkeep.”
The first bike ride was in September 1982 and raised £58,110. Since then the total raised has reached almost £4m. Visit www.shct.org.uk or call 01787 883884.
The sponsored cycle gives people the chance to enjoy their very own Tour de Norfolk and explore some of the county’s beautiful churches, and the aim of the sponsored cycle ride is to raise much needed funding to safeguard the future of the county’s rich heritage of churches.
People can also walk from church to church if they prefer, and riders can visit a number of churches on horseback.
The event is a significant fundraiser in Norfolk Churches Trust’s calendar and enables it to continue its vital work in administering grants to churches across the county.
Over the last three decades it has raised something in the region of £2,500,000.
Organisers are hoping this special anniversary year will encourage even more people to take part and raise even more funds to support the county’s historic churches.
Geoff Wortley, the Norfolk Churches Trust county coordinator, said: “This is a wonderful way to explore the magnificent county of Norfolk and help maintain the many churches and their spires and towers which grace the skyline to safeguard their future for centuries to come.
“We have some of the finest medieval church buildings in Europe and hope everyone will want to be part of this much loved event.”
• The Norfolk Churches Trust Sponsored Ride and Walk is this Saturday between 9am and 5pm.
Churches which are not normally accessible will be opening their doors and many will serve light refreshments on the day.
Full details of the churches taking part and sponsorship forms are available at www.norfolkchurchestrust.org.uk
Most of the churches will also have sponsorship forms available.