Shropshire Historic Churches Trust

11 September 2017

We really hope that you all had a rewarding and enjoyable day. This year we had a record number of Churches open for us, 228 in all.

So let us start by saying a big thank-you to all of you.

Our R+S day started with popping in to 2 local churches, St Georges, Shrewsbury and Baschurch, where Welcomers were on hand to sign us in and offer refreshments, before we started our Car Tour of 16 friends around 6 rural Shropshire churches car went well, we dodged the rain storms, didn't lose anyone, saw some beautiful churches and arrived home for a very late lunch at 3pm. We managed a speedy visit to St Michaels, Alberbury ** just before a wedding, met lovely dedicated church wardens and in Great Ness a 93 year lady parishioner who opens and closes the church every day. We handled a wooden 19th c. Pax spoon found in the wattle and daub of St Peter, Melverley ** during recent renovations (“a half-timbered church and not a nail in it”.). At St Andrew, Great Ness** we saw a sanctuary ring attached to the inside of the church door and at St. Martin, Little Ness * we were told about two valuable paintings they discovered and which were sold and the money raised used to build 4 affordable village houses for local families. Our final visit (having run out of time for Battlefields) was to Little Berwick chapel**, an extra-parochial church set in the fields of Berwick House and mentioned in the Domesday Book. A delightful church, our visit was much improved by the Q & A session given by Mrs Angell James in the family boxed pew. Please see picture on this page. The day ended with everyone home safe, sound and well fed and the happy sounds of friends wanting a repeat performance next year.

(** Rating in John Leonards “The Churches of Shropshire and their Treasures”)


Gift Aid.

We think we are missing a trick here, so we are putting out a plea to you to ask all your sponsors to tick this box if they are tax payers and most importantly, give all the required information. Addresses and post codes have to be filled in to reclaim this lovely free money from the government! If we match last year's figures we can increase our income by almost £3,500's free, let's have it! 


Click here for open churches in 2018                        


Can't Ride + Stride? May be you can.

Exercise bike in porch and stay dry  ....( Thankyou Whittington )

Benefice Pilgrimage.........( Thankyou Stottesdon Benefice ) Ring us for details.

Drive and Stride, fill your car with friends and drive between churches.

Choose a project to raise money for, eg. A new church gate?

Use Just Giving, it makes collecting money easy...ring Roger for help!

Do a sponsored dog walk, attach posters to a little saddle on its back....and carry a bucket for extra donations.

Park and Ride, and enjoy visiting town churches.

Toddlers Tootle around the churchyard.

Put out a Donation Box for Ride+Stride visitors.


This popular, National event takes place each year on the second Saturday in September, when cyclists, walkers and riders visit as many churches and chapels of all denominations, as possible between 10 am and 6 pm. The money raised through sponsorship and donations is divided equally between the participants' nominated church or chapel and the Trust, although the Trust retains the Gift-Aid element.



Visit the national Ride+Stride website HERE



Visit as many churches and chapels in your area as you can on Saturday 8th September 2018 between 10 am and 6 pm

Cycle ..... walk ..... ride ..... drive ... your choice

To contact us, please click on "our title"

County Organisers - Angela and Roger Hughes

R&S Treasurer - David Crowhurst 

R&S Publicity - Nick Paterson