Saturday 9th September is the annual “Ride and Stride” when churches across Oxfordshire are open with refreshments, and people are invited to walk or ride (bike, horse etc) between them to raise money to preserve the buildings. The day is organised by the Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust which has generously funded South Newington Church in the past to help protect our medieval wall paintings.
Literally hundreds of churches are open, many of which are often closed to the public. It’s a great opportunity to explore our historical churches and help protect them for future generations at the same time. Our own church is now a “go to destination” on the Ride + Stride day, not just for its wall paintings, but for its excellent egg sandwiches and refreshments.
If you can help provide any refreshments, or sit at the church for half an hour or so on the rota, to welcome visitors and sign their sponsorship form, that would be wonderful. A rota to sign up when you can “sit” will be in the church porch from tomorrow (Tuesday 22nd), please do sign up if you can.
If you would like to take part and be sponsored, you can collect sponsor forms from Nicky Smith at the Barn House or call 07771 785228, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You also get a nice neon sticker to wear if you are sponsored, and half the money you raise will go directly to South Newington Church.
Here’s a few examples of how many ‘hidden’ churches there are which will be open on Saturday 9th Sept:
Chipping Norton 4
Oxford City 15
Rest of Oxford, not counting Cowley, 23
There are many others like the tiny church in Over Worton which is at end of a lovely ride through the gated road from South Newington.
Any questions please call Nicky Smith 01295 720228
P.S. If anyone would like to sponsor me that would be welcome too! X