Fundraising and News

Bike Ride 2019 will be on Saturday 14th September - make a note of the date!

David Nice - latest blog

Read the latest blog from David Nice here.  It's bound to make you want to go out and visit Norfolk's wonderful churches!

Bike Ride News August 2018

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Royal recognition for Best Bike, Ride and Drive fundraiser

An outstanding fundraiser has been royally recognised for their support of the Norfolk Churches Trust for the second year running.

Charles Inglis received a signed Prince of Wales’s Certificate for his 2017 fundraising efforts which was presented by Ian Lonsdale as Chairman of the Norfolk Churches Trust.  Charles is the Event Coordinator and leading from the front he individually raised an astonishing £3,730.  The top 3 fundraisers between them raised over £8,500; so there was stiff competition for the Certificate.

The certificate signed by the Trust’s patron, HRH The Prince of Wales, was presented at St Peter’s Corpusty which is one of the 13 Churches leased to the Trust and for which it is responsible.  The Trust has recently carried out extensive repairs on the Church, with the help of English Heritage, which means it is now open to the general public again as a result

The largest annual fundraising event for the trust sees locals explore as many of the county’s religious buildings as possible by bike, car or any other means of transport they wish to utilise, and get sponsored for their efforts.  This year it is on Saturday 8 September.

The funds raised are split between the participant’s church of choice and the Trust’s general funds which give grants to hundreds of churches for repairs, renovation and the conservation of their buildings. Over the past 35 years the Bike, Ride and Drive event has raised around £2.6 million in total.

In case you missed it ....

The Eastern Daily Press featured the Bike Ride.  Read it here


The 2017 Bike Ride Photo Competition

This year's competition has finally been collated and judged by representatives of the sponsors, Brown & Co and the winners and runners up in each of the 3 competition categories identified.  They were featured in the Eastern Daily Press on 27th May- you can see the article here

The best photo of an architectural feature or item found in or around a church was won by Charles Inglis, The Bike Ride Coordinator.  His photograph (right) was taken at the church of St Peter & St Paul, Edgefield.



The Runner-Up in this category was Mike Trendell (pictured left)

Mike says he believes that it is important in this day and age that as much publicity as possible is given to our churches and the art to be seen in them.  He has recently given talks on 1,000 years of Art in the English Parish Church. He also has a set of mounted prints on the same subject and these have been displayed in Christ Church, Eaton and at the Royal Photography HQ in Bath.




The Best photo of people taking part on the day was won by Abigael Polley

Abigael says that the 2 people in the photo are Tim Farnham & Sian Astley. They are both bell ringers at the St Peter & St Paul, Scarning church where Tim is the Tower Captain. This was the 2nd year 'The Scarning Cycling Campanologists’ group had done a 30-mile exploration of Norfolk. They are looking forward to this year's escapade adding new churches to their list.


The Runner-Up was Rob Metcalfe,  He reports that the photo is of his son Max, and it was taken at All Saints, Burnham Sutton-cum-Ulph; and that they will almost certainly be riding again in September for, he thinks, the 16th year in a row.





Winner of the best photo of your favourite church was David Nice (right)

The photo is of St Andrew's at Hempstead, near Holt.


The Runner-Up in this category was Mike Trendell (left). His photo is of St Andrew's Eaton, near Norwich.




This year the Photographic Competition is sponsored by Brown & Co. - Property & Business Consultants LLP

Newsletter January 2018

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 Short update on 20th January  -

  • The most money raised by an individual is £3061 (not including Gift Aid)
  • The most raised by a particular church is All Saints, Hempstead with £2213.50
  • The church visited by most people is St George's, Colegate with 77 visitors.
  • The most churches visited by someone on a bike is 87
  • The most churches visited by a walker is 50
  • Our records show that there were 300 bike riders, and 12 of them visited 40 churches or more, and 66 walkers, 10 of whom visited 30 churches or more.

According to feedback recorded there have been:

  • 2 horses participating,
  • 1 Tandem (the combined age of the riders of which was 159 - one with a recently repaired fractured wrist!)
  • 2 'runners'
  • One person participating from the Netherlands
  • One participant has taken part in the Ride every year since it started
  • An 11 year old enlisted his Father to drive him round the churches and raised £200
  • St Cuthbert's, Sprowston had a group walk with ten walkers visiting eleven churches and raising £100
  • One rider went round their whole village seeking sponsorship.  14 sponsor forms were completed and £1459 raised.
  • One bike rider visited 64 churches and covered 73.8 miles
  • One energetic participant ran round the churches

Read David Nice's blog about this year's Bike Ride

David Nice is a regular contributor of photographs and blogs each year.

Read this year's first blog here.

The Prince of Wales Certificate 2016

The  Prince of Wales Certificate for the 2016 Bike Ride signed by His Royal Highness, with the recipient's name written in in water colour by Matthew Rice, is presented to Mrs Mary Truman (who raised £2,187.50 for Somerleyton Church and £578.75 for Herringfleet Church giving an overall total of £2,766.25) by The Bishop of Norwich at Bishops House.

Winners of the 2016 Photographic Competition

We had some fabulous and atmospheric entries for our photographic competition. The winning entries were published in the EDP and the Evening News. They really did reflect the weather on the day. The winners each received £100 and were as follows; photograph recording people taking part, Kathryn Thacker and the winner of both an architectural feature and their favourite church categories was David Nice.