Ride and Stride in east London for church heritage

PUBLISHED: 14:00 03 September 2012

James Bettley, Chairman of Friends of Essex Churches Trust

James Bettley, Chairman of Friends of Essex Churches Trust


Hundreds of cyclists and walkers are expected to take to the roads of Essex and East London to raise funds for church heritage.

They will be taking part in the annual Ride and Stride on September 8 and will choose their own routes as they earn sponsorship for visiting beautiful and historic churches and chapels.

Half the money raised will go to the rider’s or strider’s home church. The other half will go to the Trust and will be distributed in grants to fund repairs and restoration.

The annual Ride & Stride is organised by the Friends of Essex Churches Trust which contributes to the cost of repairing and restoring churches and chapels of all Christian denominations in the county of Essex, the unitary authorities of Southend and Thurrock and the London Boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Havering, Newham, Redbridge and Waltham Forest.

For more information - including suggested routes and a list of local churches that will be open on September 8 - visit where a sponsorship form can be downloaded.

Dr James Bettley, Chairman of the Friends of Essex Churches Trust, believes the Ride and Stride is unmissable. He said: “This annual fund raising event is always popular and it is important to our church heritage. The Friends of Essex Churches Trust appreciates the commitment of all our supporters. Their efforts will help to keep the churches of Essex and East London in good shape.”

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Newham Recorder. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Most Read

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Most Read

Latest from the Newham Recorder