WMC: September 2017
Our thanks to everyone who took part in the recent Ride and Stride round the churches in Oxfordshire. Our sitters for the day were June, Alan, Pam, Kelvin, John C., Geoffrey, Ann B, Eileen, Rob, Alison and Clive. It makes a huge difference to have a warm welcome at a church, particularly when you arrive in a slightly damp state! Alison and Clive, Carolyn, Gordon and Gill, and Alison B all rode to various churches in the Wantage and surrounding villages. Alan and June dusted off their rusty map reading skills and strode to churches in Faringdon and Great Coxwell. This year the weather was fairly kind to the riders and striders with a slight damp feeling experienced by some at the end of the day!
A big thank you too to those who generously sponsored those who rode or strode that day. So far £300 has been raised and that sum will increase with gift aid added. This money is shared between the Historic Churches fund and our own church, so you could say that everyone's a winner and that is how it so often is when we do things in God's name.
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