Annual Sponsored Bike, Ride & Stride Around The Walesby Group Of Churches
The 2011 Ride & Stride was a splendid day. The weather was fine albeit a little breezy at times and all cyclists completed the 23½ mile circuit without a hitch. Main cyclists this year were Linda Mackay, David Hurst, Peter Starling and Jan van der Lubbe. Lesley and Doug Cullen also joined in for a good part of the route. Several people drove around to support including Reverend John Carr, Angie Hurst, Paula Starling, Mary and Artie Hawbrook. Unfortunately the Assistant Curate Jamie MacKay could not participate this year because of an unavoidable commitment although he was able to meet us at the start and send us off in good spirits
The group assembled for an 8.30 start at North Willingham and Jamie briefed the participants on the outline of the day. Eleven churches to visit, stopping at each church to read a passage following the journey of Ruth and offer a prayer for the church and the village. Our first stop was Walesby to visit St Marys and All Saints (The Ramblers' Church). This was followed by a short break at Walesby Tea Rooms before heading off for Claxby and Normanby. Normanby hill proved to be a challenge but Jan with youth on his side did manage to cycle all the way to the top. For the rest of us it was time to switch from ride to stride! By lunchtime we had reached Thoresway and visited 6 of our 11 churches. The afternoon continued as planned, visiting Croxby, Brookenby, Stainton le Vale, Kirmond and finally Tealby. Many of the churches provided refreshments which were very much appreciated by the team.
The Lincolnshire Wolds is a lovely area and cycling around the parishes gave us a wonderful opportunity to appreciate its beauty. All of the churches visited have their own unique features and it was a delight to see the diversity of architecture and learn a little of the community that each church supports. A huge thank you to all those who supported us and especially the sponsors who through their generosity enabled us to raise a total of £165.00 for the Walesby Group of Parishes.
The final total was £330.00 this is split equally between;
The Lincolnshire Churches Trust and Walesby Group of Parishes.
A large thank you goes to Jan & Peter who raised the largest proportion of £161.00 from Walesby Parish.