The date of the event this year is Saturday September 12th.
Thank you to everyone who was involved in 2019’s Bike Ride and Stride – which was a great success. The event requires help from people at all levels:- manning churches, perhaps providing refreshments, persuading others to take part, or walking, cycling or riding between your chosen churches yourself, and the effort to find sponsors! By taking part in the event you help us raise the much-needed funds to help preserve our precious churches. This year we raised around £21,500 on the day, with half of the amount coming to the Trust. The other half is kept by the participating church, helping with their local fundraising – encouraging them to take part. It is truly a County-wide event with over 80 churches benefiting directly from taking part, with at least 125 people riding or walking, but we are a large County so there is always room for more!
The date for the event in 2020 is Saturday September 12th, and planning for the event has already started.
If you would like to become more involved in the event then we are looking for Deanery Organisers in Axholme, Yarborough (Brigg area), Manlake (Scunthorpe), Calcewaithe & Candleshoe (Skegness area), Grimsby & Cleethorpes, Graffoe (South of Lincoln), Louthesk and East & West Holland (Boston area). You do not need to be involved with your local church – you could be a member of your local cycle club, a walker, or just someone who is passionate about the architecture or history of churches.
Deanery organisers are vital contacts between parish organisers and the County Organiser. With over 700 churches, the event would be impossible to run without the help of these volunteers. More information on the role can be obtained from Sarah (see below) and we have set out a brief description of the role at the bottom of this page.
If you would just like to take part in the event and join the many people who have great fun, cycling, walking or riding between our beautiful churches then please contact Sarah by email at Roberts.email@example.com or phone 07760468052 for more information on this year’s event.
DEANERY ORGANISERS NEEDED
The event is co-ordinated by Deanery Organisers, and we currently have several areas where there are no such volunteers – therefore the event is less well advertised in those areas, and the numbers taking part reduced.
The parts of the county where we are looking for volunteers are:- Axholme, Yarborough (Brigg area), Manlake (Scunthorpe), Calcewaithe & Candleshoe (Skegness area), Grimsby & Cleethorpes, Graffoe (South of Lincoln), Louthesk and East & West Holland (Boston area).
This means that we have no contacts in the north of the county.
Below is a description of what the role entails – it is not particularly onerous! If you think you would like to help out in one of the areas then please contact Sarah Roberts on firstname.lastname@example.org or Nicholas Ridley on 01476 550055.
DEANERY ORGANISER’S ROLE DESCRIPTION
- Contact all churches in your deanery. The best contact is usually a church Warden but could also be PCC Secretary or the Vicar. With luck you may have been given a list of contact details from your predecessor. Useful details include name, address, phone number and email. Check if they wish to be included in the list of open churches for the day.
- Paperwork will be delivered to you, as the Deanery Organiser, in early May, for onward delivery to the churches in your area – this will provide all you need with regard to advertising etc.
- Some months prior to the Ride and Stride in September, send out all the posters, leaflets, sponsor forms etc to all Parish Organisers in your deanery. A covering letter, reminding the organiser to leave the church unlocked and provide refreshments if possible, is recommended. Also encourage them to advertise the event in the Parish Magazine, local paper, local school etc.
- Some Deanery Organisers deliver the leaflets by hand, but this can take a long time and can be expensive on petrol. Royal mail is usually the cheaper option, particularly if time is a issue.
- Some weeks prior to the big day it can be useful to phone or email your contacts to remind them of the event, to make sure that posters have gone up, and offer any advice or help required. Also to point out that the forms and cheques should be returned to the Deanery Organiser as soon as possible after the event.
- As the cheques arrive it is helpful to keep a list (or photocopy) of money and forms received. Once it has all arrived, fill out the form and send, with cheques, to Sarah Roberts – before the end of October is preferred.
- It is always encouraging to send letters of thanks, with a total amount received, to all Parish Organisers.
- A yearly meeting of Deanery Organisers is arranged in February/March – which enables ideas to be exchanged and organisers to meet one another.
ANY HELP YOU CAN PROVIDE WITH THIS IMPORTANT WORK WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED BY THE TRUSTEES