WMC: September 2020
Saturday Sept 12th was a lovely day for Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust annual fundraising event "Riders & Striders". The weather was ideal for walking or cycling around Oxfordshire's churches. June and Alan Grunwald walked with Alison Brown and Heather Wells, starting off in Wantage and then walking along the old canal to East and West Challow churches. They then visited the churches in Childrey before walking across the fields to Letcombe Bassett and Letcombe Regis where they stopped at the Greyhound for refreshment. They thought it a lovely day with beautiful views across the Downs, spotted 20 red kites at one point, and walked about 14 miles. Gill and Gordon Skidmore cycled about 24 miles around the Vale visiting fifteen churches in the villages of East and West Challow, Childrey, Goosey, Charney Bassett, Lyford, Hanney and Denchworth as well as in Grove and Wantage. Altogether the church riders & striders raised about £255 in sponsorship money which will be divided between OHCT and Wantage Methodist Church. Visiting riders & striders were welcomed at our church by Ann Barber, Kelvin Rose, Carolyn Roche, Sue Haithwaite, Alison & Clive Phillips. Social distancing measures were in place as required by regulations. The church had 20 visitors compared with an average of about 32 over the last few years. Across the county fewer churches were open than usual and there were fewer participants because of Covid but it was an enjoyable day and it was good to make a move to normality. A big thank you to all who rode, strode, welcomed and sponsored. Clive & Alison.
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