Anthony Meynell, a Norfolk farmer and forester from Honingham near Dereham was inspired to take part in the ride as he cycled through the county.
“Cycling past so many of Norfolk’s beautiful churches sowed the seed of the idea to cycle to 70 rural Norfolk churches. It will be a long, hard day’s cycling, but worthwhile if it helps to raise awareness of the Norfolk Churches Trust and raises a useful amount of money for much needed repairs.”
Norfolk has over 600 churches, 95% of which are listed buildings. The churches are an iconic part of the Norfolk landscape and the Norfolk Churches Trust is dedicated to keeping them open for worshippers and visitors. Many contain internationally important works of art and monuments.
The annual bike ride event is fully supported by the Bishop of Norwich, the Bishop of Lynn and the Bishop of Thetford.
The Rt Revd Graham Usher, Bishop of Norwich said,
“The Norfolk Churches Trust Bike Ride is an invaluable opportunity to fundraise for and support our churches – sacred and special places – treasure troves of memory for generations in all communities across the county. It’s fun too! Why not see how many you can get round in a day?”
The Rt Revd Alan Winton, Bishop of Thetford said,
“What a wonderful way to enjoy a day out around our beautiful county and play your part in the repair and preservation our historic church buildings for future generations.”
If you’d like to take part, there’s still time to sign up. You don’t have to cycle, you can walk or drive and make a day of it with your family or friends and a picnic.
The Rt Revd Dr Jane Steen, Bishop of Lynn said,
“We have even had some folk do part of their church trail via swimming along the coast. Whether you choose to hike, bike or drive, do add your support!”
In addition to the event, you can take part in one of the competitions. The Prince of Wales certificate is awarded to the individual who raises the most money, and your name could be added to the Wall of Fame for the most churches visited. There is also a photographic competition with different categories.
You can sponsor Anthony on his JustGiving page here: Sponsor Anthony