Having set the bar high we left Cirencester amid a throng of wellwishers. Well, it was Saturday morning and the market was busy. As you see from the Photo below we were fighting fit and keen to be off.
Having “signed in” at the start we immediately left Cirencester and headed due north on the old Roman Road “The Whiteway” or “Salt Road” until we eventually turned left down into North Cerney.
Then we started to wend our way back to Cirencester through Bagendon, Baunton and Stratton.
Passing through Cirencester past the start again we headed south this time to Preston, Siddington and on to South Cerney.
Then we turned right (West) and headed home through, Shorncote, Somerford Keynes, Poole Keynes, Kemble, Tarlton, Rodmarton, Cherington and finally to Minchinhampton on the edge of the Cotswold escarpment. Most of these churches were perfectly delightful, and beautifully kept, made from Cotswold Stone and basking in the warm sunshine. It made the day a perfect cycle ride.
Next we skirted the edge dropping down Box and the Amberley only to climb back to the top of the common again to run along and finally drop steeply down into Rodborough, and Stroud.
Finally working our way home through Leonard Stanley, Frocester, Coaley, Cam and Dursley.
Fittingly we ended our ride at St Cyrs, Stinchcombe. All tired but also very happy. 89 KM and 4:49 hrs actual cycling and having visited and signed in (where possible) at 34 Churches!
At present, Andy’s Just Giving page at around £860+ with another £150+ Gift Aid. This is a commendable amount when you see the other totals the Ride and Stride site.
Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust
To learn more about the Gloucester Historic Churches Trust and what they do visit their website.
We would love more people to be involved next year. If you would like to come along, by ekibe or for only part way or even just meet, we would love for more to join us. Ride and Stride is always on the 2nd Saturday in September and a different route is planned by us each year.
We can’t finish without saying thank you to all those people who sponsored us. I think that this year because of your generosity it has been a record amount raised for Stinchcombe!
Are you social? Want to meet your neighbours? Want to know what is going on in the village? Want to interact in a friendly atmosphere with others? Then TGIF is for you. We meet at the Rugby Club Social Club once or twice a month and when only local Stinchcombe residents are invited.
We had a lovely day on Saturday with many visitors from far and wide to our Big Book Sale and have raised a goodly sum! Thanks to the huge number if books donated to us, we still have a wonderful selection available. We have therefore decided that we will hold a special event on Wednesday to give more people a chance to visit.
We invite you and your family/friends to join us for a Twilight Big Book Sale with refreshments this coming Wednesday 26th August 2020 between 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm at Church Farm House Barn opposite St Cyr’s. Please spread the word.
We very much look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.