The Annual Ride and Stride, to raise funds for historic churches in Hampshire and the Isle of Wights, took place this Saturday.
I am grateful to Sarah Miller, who organised the ride in the parishes near my home, for the commentary below and to her husband Glen for the photo outside the church.
"A great turnout all round - Caroline Tomlinson says there were there 60 visitors during the day to St Peter in the Wood including 26 supporters from Appleshaw itself, of which 13 were cyclists.
At the Tangley cafe, Eleo Gordon received 67 visitors, all of whom were treated to delicious food and the warmest of welcomes. Fantastic to see the Tangley cafe open again following
the death of Eleo's husband, Peter Carson, in January. It was heartening on arrival at the 'Cafe' mid-afternoon to see a great pile of bicycles, happy well-fed parents and children charging around the garden having fun.
All thanks to Sue Armitage, of Pigeon House Farm, Hatherden, who single-handedly persuaded 24 families from the parish of Hatherden with Tangley (which includes Wildhern) to take part in this year's Ride and Stride. For five consecutive years (until last year) Sue's enthusiasm (inspired by her late husband Jeremy Armitage) was responsible for Hatherden with Tangley being the top Ride and Stride fund-raising parish in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. "