Ride and Stride

Last year’s Ride and Stride took place on Saturday 9th September 2017.

Roland Niblett has given us these “Short Stories from the 2017 Ride & Stride“:-

St Peter & St. Paul Saltwood – this church had the largest number of participants ever recorded from a Kent church – 28 in all. Details of their exploits, including singing a hymn at each church they visited, are below:-

Saltwood Memories of the day – pages 1 and 2; page 3.

All Saints Ulcombe –  Bernard Bentley, who has masterminded this church’s R & S for  many years, visits every house in the village and succeeds in obtaining    sponsorship from the majority of them. This results in the largest contribution from any church in Kent and this year it was more than ever before – £2816.

Broad Oak Chapel near Canterbury – this chapel celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2017 and one of its members asked 150 people in the village to sponsor her for £1 each.

St Matthew Borstal – one lady walked to twelve churches with her four granddaughters, who   are from three different families. What a great way to introduce them to the Ride & Stride habit!

St Mary Little Chart – the Local Organiser, Robert Young, succeeded in persuading two grant-giving trusts – the Joseph Fraser and Livanos Trusts – to donate £1000 each to the Ride & Stride. St. Mary’s was one of eight churches which took part this year never having done so before.

Please click alongside to see other results for 2017!

We have been sent a poem “The Ballad of the Bike Ride”  that was written in 1996 by Rachel Moyniham who was a very active participant in Ride and Stride. She died this summer, aged 96, and asked that the collection should go to Ride and Stride.

Churches were able to download and print off this Ride & Stride 2017 poster. Left here for information. Forms and further information were produced for the Details for Riders page.

Dr John Nightingale has made us an offer some may like to consider – “The Nightingale Trust is offering an additional £20 sponsorship for each of the first 25 (non Wormshill) riders or striders who make it up to St Giles Wormshill on the top of the North Downs. At 600 feet only the energetic and adventurous get there so you should have a good chance of qualifying for the additional sponsorship even if you only get there in the late afternoon.

Payment will be made direct to the Friends of Kent Churches but those on duty at Wormshill will keep a note of the first 25 so that their churches receive part of the proceeds in the usual way.”

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Here is a glimpse at some statistics for the 2014 and 2015 Ride & Stride (2016 will be available early next year as money still coming in).

Amount raised in 2014 was £ 138,616 and in 2015 was £128,008; in both years the highest amount raised by one church was Ulcombe; in 2014 Rosemary Dymond visited 65 churches and in 2015 Darren Blundell visited 60; the most visited church in 2014 was Brookland (102) and in 2105 Canterbury St Thomas RC (87). For some further really impressive numbers please click on statistics on the 2014 and 2015 Ride & Stride.

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Last year, Ride & Stride was on Saturday 10th September 2016. Here are some mementoes from the day. First of all, though, the video that promoted the event:-

You can see (or pass on) this video on YouTube:- https://youtu.be/oBO3Df02iEY

If you can’t find the information you need or have any further questions the R&S organiser’s contact is Carolyn Millen – carolyn.millen1@gmail.com

Now some photographs from several contributors (passed on by Carolyn).

Riders on horseback visting churches near Sutton Valence:

Canterbury photos from Derek Russill:

St Martins Canterbury:-

Greyfriars chapel Canterbury:



Photos from and of the “Millen” family:

Photos taken at St Peter & St Paul Shorne:


Linda and Andrew Moffat from Shorne have always been great supporters of Ride & Stride and it is a pleasure to remember Linda’s last Ride & Stride.  She wrote to us to tell us about her day:-

In the morning Andrew and I  visited  Higham, Chalk, Milton, Istead Rise, Southfleet, Hartley (All Saints & St Francis) and Longfield and then time ran out.

St Peter & St Paul Shorne combined Ride /Stride with an Open Day.  This was a success as you can see from these pictures which were all taken at Shorne, except the one taken at Longfield where they always provide an excellent buffet!

We were delighted that Bishop Trevor (photos below)  visited us accompanied by his wife, Margaret and stayed for tea and cake.  They visited several churches during the day. The couple with the bishop and his wife are Peter and Maureen Morten who walked on our behalf.”


A selection of photographs from Jo Tinkler: