Ride and Stride Event 2017

Devon Historic Churches Day
 Worlington Supports Ride and Stride Event 2017
 Judith's Report
 Ray's Report
 Steve's Report
 Partick's Report
 Judith's Report (Judith is County Organiser and lives in the parish)
The Worlingtons were wonderful – again…..
Steve Baber led The Charge again, supported so superbly by our Churchwardens Patrick Brook and Ray Bassingthwaighte with Michael Wall venturing into ‘Outer Limits’ all to raise funds for our Devon churches. There is clearly something very special about living in Worlington that gives so many of our residents the energy to go the extra mile for so many good causes – and for the many who have supported them with sponsorship for their endeavours.
Bishop Martin and walkers with JK at the Cathedral

St Mary Magdalene, Chulmleigh
As County Organiser I was ‘out and about’ (by car of course!) with visits to various churches. Each year I choose a different area of the county and this year most of it was spent in Cadbury Deanery – starting with an 8am visit to Kennerleigh Church – then Sandford and Crediton before spending time with churches in central Exeter which were taking part in their annual Pilgrimage – the highlight of which was at the Cathedral where Bishop Martin Shaw entertained us amusingly as always over some splendid refreshments. Back on the road for me, with a visit to Cheriton Fitzpaine, Stockleigh English, Wolfardisworthy, Morchard Bishop and Lapford before crossing the border into the South Molton Deanery to visit Chulmleigh where they were not only held a coffee morning but also in the afternoon some exciting abseiling from the church tower. I then visited Chawleigh before returning to our Worlingtons.
Altogether a most rewarding day, giving me the opportunity to meet good folk in each location and discuss the challenges they had with maintaining their churches – but everyone I met was happy and supportive - despite the heavy showers. I was interviewed by the press and had my photo taken and on the homeward journey stopped to offer a lift to a gentleman I found striding purposefully along well into his ‘nth’ mile of the day, with many more to go…..he nobly resisted my tempting offer of a lift to ease his journey – but as I drove away leaving him to his marathon I reflected on how much Steve does to support our Worlingtons in so many ways – and always with a smile and plenty of good cheer. So I give him a Big Cheer – and to those others who give their time and talents so generously to nurture the heart of our communities.


St James, Chawleigh

      St Mary, West Worlington

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 Ray's Report (Churchwarden, St Mary Church, East Worlington)
Church Crawl Day
Here is my report from our Church Crawl Day! Jane and I have had a wonderful day driving around the churches of the South Molton Deanery.
Churches visited in order:
  • St John Meshaw
  • St Mary Mariansleigh
  • St Peter Rose Ash ( wonderful setting )
  • St Rumon Romansleigh
  • St Mary Bishop Nympton
  • St Mary Molland ( Georgian box pews and pulpit. Well worth a visit )
  • Nymet St George George Nympton.
  • St James Kings Nympton
  • St Mary Magdalene Chumleigh
  • St James Chawleigh
  • St David Thelbridge

St John the Baptist, Meshaw

Church Gate, St James, Kings Nympton

Concluding our tour at the Worlingtons:
Firstly St Mary East Worlington and then the final stop at St Mary West Worlington
We enjoyed lunch at The Castle in George Nympton.
We have thoroughly enjoyed visiting these wonderful churches and learning more of their history.
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Steve's Report (Event Co-ordinator for the Parish)
The Eight Hour Challenge
Every Year my challenge is to vist as many churches in a day by walking. The walking day is usually about 8 hours and covers between 20 and 25 miles.
The day started from home at about 7.00am and while the weather was wet it did provide a wonderful rainbow in the early morning view over East Worlington Parish.  
  Starting at St Mary Church, East Worlington a pacey walk (while the energy levels were high) took me to St John Church in Meshaw by 8.40am. A quick refreshing drink and onwards to Kings Nympton.
The long straight(ish) road from Meshaw to Kings Nympton seemed endless but gave an opportunity for reflection. Arriving at St James Church Kings Nympton at about 10.30am it was good find the church was open with the churchwarden there to greet me. A welcome cup of tea and a chat with him and then back on the route.  
St John, Meshaw
St James, Kings Nympton
A somewhat undulating road from King Nympton to my next destination at Chulmleigh provided some challenging inclines which managed to slow the pace but gains on the downward sections. I arrived at St Mary Magdalene at about 12.10pm. The church was a hive of activity preparing for an abseiling down the tower to start at about 2.00pm. Unfortunately! I could not stay to have a go as my plan meant I had to move onward towards Chawleigh.
I arrived at St James Chawleigh at about 1.10pm and following a short look around inside the church (I've been there before on previous ride and stride events) I continued onwards towards Cheldon. On arriving at St Mary Church I was greated by two hosts who provided me with a needy, welcome and refreshing cup of tea and biscuits.
St Mary, Cheldon
St Mary, West Worlington
My final destination was St Mary Church, West Worlington 'sigining in' at 3.25pm. A good day which I enjoyed.
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Patrick's Report (Churchwarden, St Mary Church, West Worlington)
Two Wheels: Must be a Bicycle
Despite inclement weather I took to two wheels and cycled to local churches.
The churches I visited were:
 St Mary, East Worlington  
 St Mary, West Worlington  
 St David, Thelbridge  
 St John the Baptist, Witheridge

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