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Welcome to DHCT Ride +Stride.

Ride+Stride is a sponsored event in which people walk or cycle or horse-ride between churches, whilst exploring our wonderful Dorset countryside and enjoying the hospitality of our church communities.

The money raised (a record £86,000 in 2017) is used to help conserve Dorset’s churches, chapels and meeting houses and to help keep them active and at the heart of their communities for the use of future generations. Half of the money raised is returned directly to your nominated church and the other half is used to fund our grant programme.



News from Ride+Stride 2018


The Lulworths group, led by Revd Robert Marsden (extreme right), pause at Dagger’s Gate during their walk from East Lulworth to West Lulworth to Winfrith Newburgh and Chaldon Herring. 




Revd Margaret Preuss-Higham, Lucy James and Mary Cutting prepare to start their walk from St Peter’s, Langton Herring to Abbotsbury, St Catherine’s Chapel and Portesham.


 Bob Roberts celebrates cycling 65 miles from St Peter’s Langton Herring on the way to visiting 17 churches



In addition to one parishioner who bicycled for the Trust, a team from St Mary’s Church, Gillingham, led by Mrs Eileen Piper (left), opened a pop-up café on Saturday in the Vicarage School Room. Assisted by retired priest, the Revd Jeffrey Hall, the head waiter, they served homemade cakes with coffee and tea and light lunches of sandwiches, quiches and salads.



Ven Antony MacRow-Wood, Archdeacon of Dorset, at the start of his epic ride from Dorchester to Poole.  (Photo to follow)


On a sunny September afternoon, the Junior children from Lulworth and Winfrith CE VC Primary School walked from Daggers Gate to St Nicholas, Chaldon Herring.  Inside the church, the Churchwarden explained the importance of Ride+Stride and thanked them for their contribution towards the upkeep of church buidings around the county.  Rev Robert Marsden conducted a short service of prayers and everyone had juice and biscuits!  (Photo to follow)



Ringing the Changes - Kate Forrester

For Dorset’s Ride + Stride for Churches this September, a group based at Bradford Peverell are ringing the changes this year - literally.  Instead of simply cycling from one church to another, the group will start at Sturminster Newton and ring the church bells for about half an hour, then cycle along the North Dorset Trailway to the three further churches, repeating the ringing session at Shillingstone, Stourpaine and Durweston. They may also pop into nearby villages on the way to increase the total number of churches visited.

The Ride + Stride Ringers range from beginners to the experienced, from teenagers to those in their 60s. The whole enterprise is the brainchild of Janet Collins, an enthusiastic teacher of new ringers at Bradford Peverell. Said Kate Forrester, a new ringer, ‘I take part in Ride and Stride every year and this is a fantastic opportunity to ring some bells in different churches, which is very exciting for a beginner, whilst raising money for Dorset Historic Churches Trust!’

If you would like to take part in Ride + Stride go to the DHCT website or follow the riders on Twitter @ride+stride4dorset 





Sir Philip and Lady Williams plan to visit the four Great Churches of Dorset

As Dorset’s Ride + Stride for Churches draws nearer, people are creating yet more ways to take part. Sir Philip Williams, a Vice-President of Dorset Historic Churches Trust, and his wife Catherine will start at Christchurch Priory and, with a little assistance on the hilly sections from their electric bikes, will pedal to Wimborne Minster, Milton Abbey and to their destination at Sherborne Abbey. They plan to visit all four great Churches in Dorset on Saturday 8 September. Their sponsorship campaign is well underway to raise funds for the maintenance of Dorset’s precious churches, large and small. Their sponsorship will be divided equally between the churches of the Bride Valley and the Trust itself, which last year attracted £86,000 in R+S sponsorship and granted £114,000 to 18 churches in need of repair. For more information about how to support R+S or become involved go to or follow the riders on Twitter @ride+stride4dorset     



Afternote:   The trusty bikes completed the journey, though Sir Philip's suffered a puncture on the last leg and made a triumphant arrival 24 hours later.


 Presentation of Morshead Trophy 2017, April 2018

Photos of the Ride + Stride 2017 event

which took place on Saturday 9 September are posted here. 



The Whitchurch Canonicorum team before the rain. They had a super day and managed to dodge the rain drops for the most part. Striders visited four churches walking 8 miles and riders managed 9 churches on a 25 mile route. One of the riders clocked up an additional three churches on his way in from Chideock so Simon George Courtney-Hughes visited 12 churches.



Pausing outside St Mary’s Tarrant Gunville, Mrs Janet Turvey, Ven Antony MacRow-Wood Archdeacon of Dorset, Paul Pitkin of Holy Angels, Lilliput and Stuart Turvey, DHCT Deanery Representative for Poole and N Bournemouth Deanery.


Returning to base and still smiling after visiting 13 churches and covering 30 miles are the Bloxworth team.  



Julian Cherryson who has ridden for St Christopher’s Winfrith Newburgh for many years and won the Morshead Trophy in 2014, setting off from Winfrith.


The Christchurch Team 2017


   15th May 2017

PICTURE CAPTION (L-R): Andrew Boggis (Lyme Bay area representative of the DHCT) ; The Rt Revd Karen Gorham (Bishop of Sherborne); Richard Benjamin, Simon Pomeroy; The Revd Stephen Skinner (Team Rector of Golden Cap parishes); Fr Richard Meyer (priest of the Bridport and area Roman Catholic parish); The Revd Jane Skinner (Team Vicar of the Golden Cap parishes). 



Dorset Historic Churches Trust celebrates St Giles’ Church fundraising success


Trustees, Deanery Representatives and Parish representatives from the Dorset Historic Churches Trust (DHCT) recently gathered at St Giles’ Church, Chideock, west Dorset for an annual celebration of fundraising. Each year, DHCT recognises the efforts of one of the scores of Dorset parishes which participate in the Trust’s Ride+Stride fundraising event, which takes place every September.


Participants are sponsored to cycle, walk or ride on horseback to as many churches as possible in one day between 10am and 6pm. Every year since 1999 the Morshead Trophy, named after DHCT founder, Sir Owen Morshead, is presented to the parish that has, in the opinion of the Trustees, achieved the most impressive results.


In recognition of his fantastic fundraising effort in last September’s sponsored Ride + Stride event, the prestigious Morshead Trophy was awarded to Richard Benjamin for raising £1530 on behalf of St Giles’ and a further £300 from the Chideock Martyrs Roman Catholic church.


The Bishop of Sherborne, the Rt Revd Karen Gorham, also a Vice-President of the Trust, presented the oak shield to Mr Benjamin on Monday 16th April at St Giles’ Church, Chideock. A gathering of over 80 supporters from the area and across Dorset came to congratulate him for his amazing determination and fundraising skills and to toast the success of the Ride + Stride event.


Mr Benjamin has taken part in the Ride + Stride event for a number of years, cycling up to 50 miles and visiting over 40 churches on the day – no little feat, especially given the very wet weather last September. His sponsorship added significantly to the huge sum of £81,000 raised last year – all of which allows the Trust to give cash grants to churches all over the county, which are in need of building restoration or development.


Ride+Stride is DHCT’s main source of income. The event involves nearly 200 parish and church communities across the county. The £81,000 raised in 2016 followed £84,000 in 2015 and £82,000 in 2014, a truly remarkable record for consistency.   50% of the funds raised are returned to parishes nominated by the participants.


Mr Simon Pomeroy, the Chairman of the DHCT, offered congratulations on the award and the Team Rector of the Golden Cap parishes, Revd Stephen Skinner, explained that he was especially pleased that the ride had also been supported by the Roman Catholic church, whose priest Canon Richard Meyer was present at the celebration. Simon Pomeroy added that this annual celebration provides the perfect opportunity to say thank you to everyone who works so hard to conserve the wonderful heritage of Dorset’s church for future generations. “The Trust intends to award a further £100,000 in grants to Dorset’s churches in 2017 and that just would not be possible without the hundreds of riders and striders and the thousands of sponsors backing them. Mr Richard Benjamin is a worthy winner and we look forward to this year’s Ride+Stride on Saturday 9th September!”


Speaking after the formal part of the proceedings in the Village Hall, where a splendid buffet supper was laid on, Mr Benjamin thanked those who had sponsored his cycling marathon and promised, “I’ll be doing the Ride+Stride again this year!”


This year’s Ride+Stride event takes place on Saturday 9th September. For more information, visit







Editor’s Notes:

DHCT exists to grant-aid maintenance work (eg keeping out wind and rain) on Dorset’s churches and chapels. In recent years, annual grants awarded have been around £100,000.


DHCT’s principal source of funds is the annual sponsored “Ride+ Stride” round the churches & chapels of Dorset. In 2016, nearly 200 parishes took part, Ride+Stride raised £80,000.


Each year DHCT awards the Morshead Trophy (which commemorates DHCT’s founder Sir Owen Morshead) to the most deserving parish participating in Ride+Stride.






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Notes for Parish Organisers


Letter to POs

Register of Visitors

Financial Management Record

Remittance form  

Poster for Church Board

Sorry We Are Not Manned Poster

Text for Parish Magazine

How to get involved

Letter to Riders

Sponsorship Form

Record of visits

List of Participating Churches

Supplementary on-line Giving Form

Planning your ride

Churches by community

Churches by Post Code

Churches by Deanery

Over the year, Ride + Stride has proved to be a brilliant way to see our lovely churches, travel at a leisurely pace through our beautiful Dorset countryside and raise much needed funds for the maintenance and improvement of those churches. You can take part on your own or with a small group of friends or family. In 2016, hundreds of riders and striders across Dorset inspired their sponsors to pledge £81,000 (with a predicted £10,000 from Gift Aid recovered). This approached our previous best of £84,000 in 2015. To find out more about R+S 2017, read Letter to Riders.     

If you decide to take part, you should make contact with your Parish Organiser, whose name you will find in your local church. He or she will give you a participant’s pack which contains all you need. Further copies can be printed off this site. Then you can start to raise sponsorship pledges and fill in the details on the Sponsorship form.   You can of course secure sponsorship on-line through Just Giving – see our simple instructions in the On-Line Giving Slips, which you can print off and hand out. The list of participating churches will enable you to plan your route and we recommend that you visit the Highway Code for fuller information. On the day you will need to take the Record of Churches visited, which must be completed at each church. After the day itself – Saturday 9 September – please collect up all the money pledged and hand it over to your PO by the end of September.


R+S 2016 stories/photos


21 December 2016


Dedicated Riders+Striders raise wonderful sum for restoration of the County’s churches

-Ride+Stride event raises over £80,000 -


Dorset Historic Churches Trust is celebrating after raising a wonderful £80,000 during its annual fundraising Ride+Stride event in September.


Ride+Stride is the main source of income for Dorset Historic Churches Trust (DHCT) and involves some 170 parish and church communities across the County. Money raised during the event helps fund vital repairs, maintenance and restoration work at Dorset’s churches.


Both Ride+Stride novices and experienced fundraisers took part in this year’s event, helping to raise the impressive sum. A joint project between St Mary’s Church, Gillingham and its local Primary School saw eighteen DHCT supporters take a gentle walk along the River Lodden – the youngest Rider + Strider being only three years old! DHCT thanks the local Primary School and Gillingham’s Pioneer Minister, The Revd Eve Pegler, who developed this plan. Plans are already underway for 2017’s R+S.


One 73 year old participant, Alan Neades from Piddlehinton, took part in his sixth R+S and commented; “My 'breathable' waterproof cycling jacket did its job, my shoes had become waterlogged before I reached my first church and everywhere I came across standing water which meant passing cars provided me with an impromptu shower. Nevertheless a great event, I visited 40 churches and covered a fantastic 70 miles. I am sure the hills get steeper every year!”


Filled with fresh coffee and cake from the community Mud Pie Cafe in Okeford Fitzpaine, 13 hardy cyclists from across the UK and Dorset took on the R+S event and cycled from St Andrew’s to Shillingstone, then to the Trailway to St Mary's in Sturminster Newton. East and West Orchards followed before Shroton, where the cyclists were inspired by the internal improvements which had partly been funded by DHCT. A fantastic 28miles were clocked, 10 churches visited, 380metres climbed and 5 hours riding with all Riders + Striders still smiling.



Eight participants started at Hooke, with ages ranging from 12 to 60, they covered 11 miles, visited four churches, climbed many hills and raised a fantastic £320. In Poole, many individuals and family groups walked and cycled from church to church, and also raised an impressive £205.


For the second year, Lulworth and Winfrith Primary School staged a school walk with the older children starting from Dagger’s Gate and the younger ones walking from Winfrith to Chaldon. Their efforts raised £160. A further £1,606 that was raised for St Christopher’s church Winfrith by veteran cyclist Julian Cherryson while Lesley and Shaun Burt, who walked from their home to all four churches, collected £303 for Holy Trinity, West Lulworth. DHCT Trustee Jeremy Selfe raised nearly £300 for St Nicholas’ and £140 for St Andrew’s churches for a grand total by the Benefice of over £2500.


Simon Pomeroy, Chairman of DHCT, commented: “We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who took part in this year’s Ride+Stride event. We are thrilled with the amount raised, which will allow us to continue helping to preserve beautiful churches across Dorset for future generations to enjoy. We aim to donate £100,000 towards church restoration and improvement and this year’s Ride + Stride will make that possible once again.


“The Trust is keen to increase the range of participants taking part in its fund-raising. We hope that the initiatives seen this year will continue to grow as the need for funds to protect our heritage will not reduce. The Trust returns 50% of the funds raised by each participating parish to help it with fabric repair and maintenance. R+S is a great day out for all ages and benefits both the Trust and local churches directly.”




Editor’s Note:

Established by Sir Owen Morshead in 1960, the Dorset Historic Churches Trust is a voluntary run charity that raises funds and provides around £100,000 each year to Dorset’s churches and chapels of all Christian denominations to assist the increasing costs of maintenance, restoration and the improvement of facilities



Millie James, McKenna Townsend

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