Ride and Stride Saturday 12 September 2020

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Ride and Stride Saturday 12 September 2020

Meet at 9.30am in Elkstone Village Hall car park


Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust (GHTC) are delighted that despite Coronavirus, Ride+Stride 2020 will be taking place on 12 September.

More than ever, historic churches in Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire and North Bristol need our support in these challenging times. Our churches cost on average £2500 per year to keep them clean, safe and open for visitors. During Lockdown there have been no regular collections at services, or visitors allowed in our churches to donate in our collection boxes.

To raise funds for the Trust there we will be running 2 events on Saturday 12 September.

50% of the money raised for the Trust, will be awarded back to our Parish Church.


Ronnie will be leading a Cycle ride of about 16 miles calling at the churches to Daglingworth along the Ermin Way, making the journey home via Bagendon and North Cerney, keeping well away from major roads. If you feel you’d like to come along and take in some beautiful countryside and lovely churches, please give us a ring in advance – and bring a picnic.


Carole will be leading a walk of about 6.5 miles out of the village down the leafy woodland 'Olive's Walk' to Colesbourne and a visit to Colesbourne Church to sit and enjoy the churchyard for a few minutes. We'll walk back for liquid refreshments at the Colesbourne Inn before taking the level footpath through the village to Cockleford.

There is one very short, sharp, steep ascent before returning in to Elkstone. There are no stiles, there is a stony path descending to Colesbourne, and there were cattle in one field the day we walked it, so dogs must definitely be on a lead. Bring food bags as there are masses of sloes growing in the hedgerows en-route.


Both routes will start from the Village Hall car park at 9.30am.

Cars parked at the Village Hall car park are left at the Owners’ risk - as there is no insurance cover for non-hall events, which are 100% suspended until Covid matters improve.


There is a Wedding in the Church which means we will not be starting at the Church.

Please let us know in advance if you can join us.


Please make your donations for Ride+Stride via DONATE.

Simply text the message RDSTR to the number 70970 to donate £5.00


Or DONATE online to www.nationalfundingscheme.org/ and type St John’s Church Elkstone into the Live Campaigns box. Or follow the URL link below.



A standard rate message charge will apply to your text giving. You will be able to register for Gift Aid if you would like to, giving an extra 25%.


Carole and Ronnie


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