Ride and Stride 2017

I left home on my thirty year old bike to meet up with Brian Dinsley at St. Peter’s Church, Greatstone.  The sun was shining with clouds waiting in the wings.  My son, Mark, joined us on the seafront at Littlestone. 

We made our way to St. Mary’s Bay, taking in the amazing views of the sea and sky.  We met David Yates on his ride.  Then off to Dymchurch along the seafront.  We visited three churches there.  One was the Catholic Church, where my son, Paul used to worship.  On being told he passed away last year I was comforted when told he would be included in their prayers next day.  The next church was St. Peter and St. Paul, where I was confirmed in 1998. 

We went on to Burmarsh passing hedges with their autumn berries on the winding road.  We met the Ross family from Lydd looking as though they were enjoying the ride.

Brian decided to head back from there, so we said our farewells.  Mark and I carried on to Newchurch where we enjoyed a much welcome break and nice food.  Next stop was St. Mary in the Marsh where a wedding was being held.  Lots of cyclists met up there.  Then we were homeward bound to New Romney, calling in at the Romney Marsh Community Church, the Methodist and St. Nicholas Churches.

I would like to thank everyone who took part in this event, and especially those people who gave up their time to be recorders and those people who sponsored us.   The proceeds will go towards keeping our Ancient Churches maintained as well as half for our chosen Church.

Most of all I thank God that we had a safe journey
and perfect weather.            ride & Stride 17

Val Blanchard