Ride & Stride 2021

 

Ride & Stride is a major source of income for the Northamptonshire Historic Church's Trust, enabling them to make approved grants for repairs too historic Churches within the County. Each year on the 2nd Saturday in September, sponsored Ride & Striders travel throught out the County, visiting Christian Chapels and Church's, and raising much-needed funds to support the Trust.

The following text and photos are a record of my sponsored cycle ride through the County town of Oundle and surrounding villages.

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Hello and thank you for visiting St Michaels web site. 

My sponsored cycle ride took me to 16 churches and chapels..

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St Marys the Blessed Virgin, Warmington.

Many churches are staffed by volunteers offering refreshments and conversation.

However not all. You may enter an open, but silent village church.

Welcomed by stillness and the rhythmical ticking of a church clock. 

A powerfull emotion of prayer may surround and envelopes you.

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Keeping to the quiet back lanes between villages, and after the initial frenzy of "getting on with it", you adjust to the beauty of the natural world.

People known to you but now departed may come strongly into your mind.

At that moment I saw a cloud formation that stopped me in my tracks.

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Lutton Village Hall.

Also, you need to recharge the energy bank. Unfortunately, serving up starts at 6pm. Cannot stop, must get on. .

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St Peters Church, Lutton.

Please look to the bottom right-hand corner. A Stars & Stripes set upon a table.

A memorial to young Americans who flew from surrounding airfields.

"We will remember them".

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St Peter & St Paul, Hemington.

I am greeting by two Tea Angels. Dispensing nourishment, conversation and sticky flapjacks to the weary traveller. 

Wonderfull. 

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And now for something very different. St Margaret’s Church, Luddington in the Brook 

"DRAGONS" .

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Interesting websites for the Church, the school and a local artist group. Have a Google search, if able

 

Saint Andrew's Church, Barnwell.

On my arrival - a festival of "Cream Tea's". in full swing.

Amazing up-lighters in Church, and the East Window, wow.

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As in previous years, the journey between Villages and Churches becomes a spiritual pilgrimage through Northamptonshire.

So close to the natural world,

Thank you for viewing.