Ride & Stride 12/9/20

Saturday 12th 2020 was the date for the annual historic churches bike ride, a national event. A team from our churches took part in the Hampshire event and visited 10 churches. The team were Andy, Jacob, Jen, Jonathan and Mike, and we visited 10 churches – Netley Marsh, Copythorne, Minstead,  Emery Down, Lyndhurst, Marchwood, Eling, Testwood, Nursling & Rownhams. Our route was 34 miles and with stops took us just over 6 hours. We were blessed with perfect weather, and some great insights into other churches in our area. Most churches were closed, but we did visit the grave of Sherlock Holmes author Conan Doyle in Minstead – with a ‘pipe on the gravestone; Lyndhurst we met Rev David Potterton the vicar who gave us a brief look inside this amazing church. Our route home through the forest to Marchwood gave us great views towards Toot Hill, and in Totton before visiting Testwood church we had an ice cream eating competition – Jacob, Jonathan & Mike 2 each, Andy and Jen 1 each – well they do come in packs of 4 from Asda! And so the final leg to Nursling church where we met John Sofrin, and then onto Rownhams to end a great time together.  Jonathan and Jacob enjoyed the ice cream and the cycling. Andy enjoyed riding in the beautiful countryside we have locally on a lovely day with great company, also seeing inside the amazing Lyndhurst church for the first time and seeing the vicar David who we will see again at a youth day soon.

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