Winners of the 2019 Photographic competition announced!
The £50 Prizes for the pictures the judges liked the most are as follows:
Roger Peacock told us "Last Saturday I set off on my bike with the target of visiting as many of Norfolk’s churches as possible before 5.00pm. This annual charity ride for the Norfolk Churches Trust has gone on for many years but this year seemed a good time to join in as they have just arranged a substantial contribution towards re-roofing our village church. The weather was spectacular! Clear blue sky, hardly a puff of wind and comfortably warm temperatures made for a cyclist’s dream, and Norfolk is blessed with both a wealth of historic churches (650 of them) and a fabulous network of tiny country lanes to travel between them. I had struggled for a few days trying to plan a route and was extremely grateful when our revered Newsletter Editor passed on his routing experience which I found invaluable (including his tip for the church with the best food!).
The variety of church buildings is breathtaking, from the ancient Norman round towered sites such as Gissing to the brand new modernism of St Henry Morse Catholic Church in Diss, from the simple Baptist Chapels to the most ornate Angel Roofed classicism of the 15th Century."
14th May 2020- a message from Charles Inglis, Bike Ride Committee Chairman:
As I sit at my desk in April 2020 to write this for the website we are living in a very difficult time. Everyone at the Norfolk Churches Trust hopes that you, your family, friends and local community are well. I have faith that things will have improved by the 12th of September. Our local churches are currently locked and so it will be a huge relief when they are open again for us to appreciate their architectural, historical and religious importance to this county. Like many charities the Norfolk Churches Trust has lost out on many of its fundraising activities and so I hope that we can make this event a bumper year. Many people have been getting on their bikes or walking to take exercise which will be great training for this year’s Bike Ride!
There was lots of good news to come out of last year’s ride. The Bike Ride raised an amazing £94,390 in 2019, which was an increase of £2967 on 2018. The number of people taking part increased by 5% to 567 and the number of places of worship receiving cheques increased from 279 to 293. We would like to pass on an enormous thank you to everybody who took part either cycling, walking, driving or manning the churches. You make a great contribution to the church of your choice and to the trust.
Win £1,000 for your Church
This year we are again offering a £1,000 prize for the most improved church. In other words the church which shows the most improvement in its Bike Ride fund raising compared to last year. This is an opportunity to make a substantial difference to your church’s finances. See the website for more details.
A few statistics, highlights and results of competitions from last year:
William O’Brien was the Winner of the Prince of Wales Certificate and raised £1,375
Mary Truman won £1000 for her nominated church as it was the most improved on 2018
Michael and Paula were the top cyclists on their tandem and visited 62 churches.
James Akehurst was the top walker and visited 51 churches
Three People won £50 cheques for their photographs and had their pictures published.
Hempstead, All Saints raised £4,154 and was top church this year, and Burgh Castle, St Peter
and Paul came second, another outstanding fundraising effort by Paul Nicholls
In preparation for this year's Bike Ride, you can download posters and flyers to distribute:
David Nice writes a blog of the churches he visits every year, and you can read this year's here.
It is a really interesting account of his walk round churches in the Bure Valley, and lots of photographs too!
Ivan Lees runs more than a marathon, raising money for Bradwell Church
Ivan Lees, photographed at the end of his 32.77 mile run, with Doreen Hall, church warden and Winn Rout. These two lovely ladies saw him off at 9am and came back as he finished at 5pm, having visited 17 churches along the way. They provided Ivan with sustenance in the form of lemon squash and chocolate biscuits - much needed after that long run! Churches en route also provided refreshments. Many thanks to the congregation at Bradwell St Nicholas church, family and friends for their support and sponsorship.
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.
Paul Nicholls received a signed Prince of Wales’s Certificate for his 2018 fundraising efforts which was presented by The High Sheriff of Norfolk, Lady Agnew. Leading from the front he individually visited 50 Churches and in the process raised an astonishing £1,967; not least as a result of having filled out an amazing 15 pages of sponsorship forms. The top 5 fundraisers between them raised nearly £9,000; 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 & St Paul in Burgh Castle near Great Yarmouth which is the Church he nominated as being the one he specifically wished to raise funds for.
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 14 September during which the competition for the Prince of Wales’s Certificate will once again take place.
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.