Surrey Churches Ride and Stride 2012

Ian Honeysett sends this report of this year's event:


Well, we finally completed our Ride & Stride just 2 weeks late (due to holidays) – on Saturday 22nd September. Three Riders – Elizabeth & Peter Sims and me (Ian Honeysett). And one Strider, Alex Jolliffe. As is invariably the case for Ride & Strides, the weather was well nigh perfect for cycling. We posed for photos inside the beautifully refurbished St John’s, Farncombe with the Rector, Rev James Rattue, who wished us God-speed. We departed at 10.15 on a brand new route (for us). First stop (after the new Leisure Centre at Broadwater Park (not technically a church) was St Michael’s, Peasmarsh. This resembles a corrugated iron shed but is probably quite impressive inside (but it was locked, so we’re not sure). Thence to Shalford Cemetery Chapel and St Mary the Virgin by 10.55. Keeping to pavements where possible  (the roads were very busy), we visited Shalford Methodist Church en route to Chilworth where we visited St Thomas’ Church (where they were repairing the floor) and, turning off the main road, to Chilworth Friary. So peaceful (see photos below – including all the beehives facing the church). Some steep hills and narrow roads and my bike chain kept slipping so I was (sadly) forced to push my bike up the steepest hills. But then the long downhill ride coasting along to Wonersh – Heaven indeed! (Though some oncoming drivers looked rather alarmed on the narrower stretches). We reached St John’s, Wonersh by 12.50 and then set off for Bramley, arriving at Holy Trinity at 1.05pm. At St Thomas’ we saw our first wedding of the day and, duly inspired, made our way back to Godalming – where we had the first chain failure of the Ride at the United Church. Soon (if rather greasily) fixed, we reached St Edmund’s by 2.12 to see our second wedding. We were tempted to join them but sensed my greasy handshake might not go down  too well. So we pressed on to the Friends’ Meeting House and then the Salvation Army Hall (which, sadly, formally closes down on 29th) and then on to our third wedding of the day, at St Peter & Paul by 2.30.

And so our very enjoyable Ride came to an end. 17 churches, 3 weddings and a bike chain failure. Not bad at all. If you’ve not yet paid your sponsorship money, we will be delighted to receive it. You could put a cheque (made payable to “The Surrey Churches Preservation Trust”) in an envelope and put it in the collection. When we’ve counted it all up, we’ll publish the final amount. God bless you for your support. 

First stop - St.Michael's, Peasmarsh:

Shalford Methodist Church:

The beautiful Chilworth Friary:

Second wedding of the day at St. Edmund's:

And our final stop, St. Peter and Paul: