St Peter & St Paul’s took part in the Ride & Stride organised by the Friends of Kent Churches on Saturday the 13th September. The aim was to raise money for the repair of churches of all denominations by sponsoring cyclists and walkers to visit as many churches as possible in one day. Half the money a church raises is returned to it and the other is put towards grants. This year Shorne Church benefited from a grant of £22,500 so we could hardly not take part!
Sue and Tony Muckley walked and visited 20 churches, mostly around Appledore, and stopped ofF at some other villages on the way home. Sue said “ we did enjoy seeing many churches and meeting lots of lovely, friendly people but we were very tired at the end.” They raised over £200, a wonderful effort. It would be marvellous if some others from our parish follow their example and cycle or walk next year!
We also opened the church during the day to be able to welcome any walkers and cyclists from other churches. Sadly, this year, none visited us! Nevertheless we are grateful to those who sat in the church to welcome visitors. Their efforts were not wasted as we were able to welcome several people who came to see the church as we had registered to take part in the Heritage Open Days scheme and we provided tea and cake during the afternoon to anyone who called in.