December 21 2014 Latest news:
Friday, August 29, 2014
The countdown is on to the ever-popular Norfolk Churches Trust’s sponsored Bike Ride and Walk – and the event has been given a double boost with royal and celebrity backing.
This year there will be a photographic competition for those taking part in the Bike Ride and Walk.
Sponsored by the fine art department of Cheffins auctioneers in Cambridge, the competition hopes to encourage participants to post images from the day to The Norfolk Churches Trust’s Facebook page or Twitter pages or they can emailed.
EDP picture editor Steve Adams, will judge the submitted images alongside a representative of Cheffins auctioneers in Cambridge, and the winning images will be printed in the paper.
There will be four categories:
• Best picture of an architectural feature or item found in a church
• Best picture of anything interesting seen on route between churches
• Best picture of people taking part on the day
• Best picture of the participant’s favourite church
Over the past 30 years, the ride has raised about £2.6m – half of which has gone to the participants’ chosen churches and the remainder has been used to give grants to churches to be used for repairs, renovation and the conservation.
This year’s ride, which will take place on Saturday, September 13, has been given the backing of the Prince of Wales, patron of the Norfolk Churches Trust. The Prince will sign a special certificate which will be awarded to the person who raises the most money at this popular fund-raising event.
The ride, which is part of the national Ride and Stride for churches initiative, will also have its first “celebrity champion” with Norfolk sports presenter and Norwich City fan Jake Humphrey looking forward to fulfilling his role.
“I am delighted to support the 2014 Norfolk Churches Trust Sponsored Bike Ride and Walk,” he said.
“Our county boasts some of the most beautiful and historically significant churches in the country, and it’s right that the people of Norfolk should enjoy them. What better way to see them than on your bike, enjoying the rural beauty of our fine county.
“Get yourself, your children, your family and friends on their bikes and I may well see you in September.”
Charles Inglis, the Bike Ride and Walk organiser, said: “Our annual Bike Ride and Walk is a terrific day out for all ages.
“We want to encourage as many people as possible to visit the wonderful churches that we are privileged to have in our county and to see the wealth of history in these buildings.”
Those calling at St Mary’s Itteringham as part of their ride will be able to catch the last day of the free Robert Walpole exhibition on his life and family, while they stretch their legs.
• Sponsorship forms are available from the Norfolk Churches Trust website along with information about the day and other activities.
• Half of the money raised by cyclists will go to their chosen church or chapel and the rest to Suffolk Historic Churches Trust. A list of places to hire a bike for free for the day is available on the Suffolk Historic Churches website.