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Ride and Stride 2022

14th September 2022: WMC
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Riders & Striders took place on Saturday Sept 10th. The church was open all day. "Thank you" to Ann B, Margaret F, Carolyn R, Nicky A, Eileen R, Diana G, Helen & John C, Kelvin R and Rob C for minding the church and welcoming visitors. Two "teams" from the church travelled around churches. Alan and June Grunwald walked with some U3A walking group friends from East Hagbourne to Upton, Blewbury, Aston Upthorpe and Aston Tirrold. Around 8 miles with additional mileage for getting lost! They really appreciated being welcomed at two of the churches. Highlights of the walks included lovely views to the Downs and Blewburton Hill, seeing two deer leaping across a field, lots of old buildings and a large wooden sign outside Blewbury church with the notice: "In memory of Geo Knapp. Died 11 Dec 1818 aged 68 years. Dear wife and children as you pass by, as you are now, so once was I. As I am now, so must thou be, therefore be prepared to follow me". Alison and Clive Phillips took a bus to Oxford and walked about five miles from St Aldates up St Giles and around Jericho visiting twelve, very varied, central Oxford churches, most well-known and a few less-so. We were able to enter ten and had a warm welcome at each. If you haven't looked around Oxford churches we do recommend that you do, it is an easy walk. The two teams raised a total of about £130 from kind sponsors. Half the money will go to the Oxford Historic Churches Trust and a half to our church. If you would like to add to the donations please see June or Clive. We will not bank the money for a couple of weeks. Clive & Alison

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