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Ride & Stride is the principal fund-raising event organised by Hampshire and the Islands Historic Churches Trust (HIHCT). It takes place every year on the second Saturday in September and is the Trust's main way of raising money for the restoration of our beautiful old churches and chapels so that they are preserved for future generations.
It will take place this year on Saturday 14th September.
Hundreds of churches open their doors and provide a warm welcome and refreshments to 'riders and striders' who visit them as part of a sponsored cycle or walk.
Half of the sponsorship money raised goes to the church of the participant's choice and half to the Trust to make much-needed grants and loans to churches across the region.
St Mary's have participated in the event for a number of years and will be doing so again this year. The group of cyclists and walkers will start from the church at 10.00 am. The cyclists will do a circuit taking in Ashe, Deane, Steventon, North Waltham, Laverstoke and back to Overton. Walkers will do Overton - Ashe - Deane - Overton. Route maps will be available on the day. The more the merrier, so please join us!
However you choose to travel (car, horseback or bus are all equally acceptable), the route is pretty, the pace is leisurely and the reward is a wonderful array of home-baked cakes back in Overton (about 12:30). Whether you go with the group or decide to opt for a route better suited to you or your family, it is a fun day out and a chance to discover the lovely churches on your doorstep.
Sponsorship forms can be downloaded or you can get paper copies from Julia Hodgson (07983 362 979) or at the back of St Mary's Church, Overton.