Ready to Ride and Stride to boost crumbling buildings

MEMBERS of about 250 Nottinghamshire churches, including some in the Dispatch district, are expected to take part in the 2012 sponsored Ride and Stride to raise funds for crumbling buildings of worship in the county.

Sponsored by the Nottinghamshire Historic Churches Trust, the cycling and walking event will take place a week tomorrow (Saturday September 8). Churches and chapels of all denominations have agreed to take part.

Each place of worship maps out its own route, taking in an average of five or six other churches and chapels, for sponsored riders and striders.

The prize of a cycle will be available this year for the church or chapel with most people taking and there is a £100 cheque for the person who writes the most entertaining story for a future publication about their Ride and Stride day.

Points will be awarded for how many places of worship are visited and the person with the highest number will receive a £50 cheque to be donated to the church or chapel of their choice.