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Ride and Stride

Ride and Stride
Since I no longer co-ordinate Heritage Open Days, and somebody else is already beginning to plan what happens in 2019, it was a chance to take part in Ride and Stride. This event ensures that a lot of churches in Oxfordshire are open to visitors on the same day – not a Sunday.

Participants get sponsored and the money raised goes 50% to their chosen church, and 50% to maintain Oxfordshire Historic Churches.

I began at my own church Trinity, Abingdon, where I got a very generous donation from the first two people manning the church.
Ride and Stride
Then went to St Michael’s (pictured).

Abingdon Baptist Church may be closed for building work but they still had people with refreshments.
Ride and Stride
Churches offer drinks, and sustenance to people riding and striding round. All Saints had a good selection, including Jelly babies.

The people at a table in the Eden Cafe at Peachcroft Church were very generous and added their names to my sponsor form. Thankyou to them.
Ride and Stride
After an easy start with ten churches in Abingdon it was into new territory. Radley, and St James the Great…
Ride and Stride
St Swithuns at Kennington…
Ride and Stride
Sandford was expecting a visit from the Bishop of Oxford that afternoon, arriving by boat.
Ride and Stride
When I got to Littlemore, the Bishop had already been and left his chalked 2018 tag.
Ride and Stride
He had been to many of the churches in Oxford on previous days, including the unspoilt church in Iffley with its romanesque arches and John Piper Window.
Ride and Stride
My ride took me down the Cowley Road, where I discovered Bartlemas Chapel (part of the former leper colony).  36 years ago I lived in Bartlemas Road and never knew that chapel existed.

Then it was into the centre of Oxford where a lot of churches were very busy because it was also Open Doors day. Christ Church College and the Cathedral had a one way flow system. Once in I just had to go all the way round collecting a signature in the Cathedral.

In the end I got round 37 churches and looked inside many I had been past but never looked inside before. I returned home up the Botley Road, and via Cumnor. It was a fascinating way to spend a day.

1 Comment September 9, 2018

Christmas Lights outside houses …

Winter Festival
The days have been growing shorter and the nights growing longer.
Winter Festival
The lights that a lot of house owners put out at Christmas brighten what could be a depressing time of year.
Winter Festival
Such winter celebrations are supposed to have their origin in pagan festivals, decking the halls with bows of holly etc. …
Winter Festival
There are three months until the spring. So not a bad thing to have a good time and find new hope for the year ahead, whatever your beliefs.

4 Comments December 20, 2012

Family Carol Service causes road chaos in Abingdon

Carol Service
East St Helen Street was blocked by a Co-op lorry earlier this evening. The driver got out of his cab when he could not drive through the parked cars.

Cars stuck behind the lorry then reversed back up East St Helen Street and some of them drove down West St Helen Street the wrong way.
Carol Service
There was a carol service at St Helen’s Church and all the surrounding roads were chock-a-block with parked cars. Parents had desperately tried to get their children to church on time, and many parked wherever they could.

3 Comments December 11, 2012

Behind the Scenes at St Helen’s

St Helen's Bell Ringing
In St Helen’s Church earlier this evening
St Helen's Bell Ringing
young people were being taken round and shown how things work – behind the scenes.
St Helen's Bell Ringing
In the bell tower, one young lad, Isaac aged 13, helped with the demonstration of bell ringing, as he is already a regular bell ringer.
St Helen's Bell Ringing
Some of them even got to climb to the bell tower and saw the bells that were hung there 6 years ago and will hopefully last for  a few hundred years.

Leave a Comment October 2, 2012

Dairy Barns to Christ Church

Dairy Barns to Christ Church
Back in the 1950s a group of Christians wanted to create a church in the expanding housing developments of North Abingdon. They took over a dilapidated tithe barn in Northcourt, that had been part of a dairy, and restored it sympathetically for use as a church building. It is now the building for a growing church – Christ Church in Northcourt.

People from Christ Church in Northcourt then went on to set up a second church in Long Furlong, a little further north, where Abingdon housing had expanded in the 1980s.
Dairy Barns to Christ Church
In the last couple of years Christ Church has taken over the remainder of the dairy barns and this year are restoring the largest barn for use as a coffee shop and community space.

2 Comments August 28, 2012

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