Monday, 15 September 2008

25 Miles and 17 Churches

Our team of four Iwade residents cycled for this year's Church Cycle on Saturday 13th September. (L-R Stephen Beard, Amanda Hurrell, Nicola McKenzie and Rowena Beard. We visited 17 churches in total and the Sittingbourne Cemetry as part of the 2008 Friends of Kent Churches Cycle.
We started at All Saints Church Iwade at 10am and after a hot cup of tea made by Sylvia and then made our way to Lower Halstow via Raspberry Hill. Another warm cup of tea was waiting for us followed by lots more tea and refreshments! We then cycled to Upchurch, Newington, Hartlip, Borden and stopped for lunch at the Maypole pub. Hartlip to Borden was the hardest bit, beautiful but very hilly! Thank you to the landlady for making some last minute sandwiches for the team after lunch had officially closed. So we had a rest in the beer garden before heading off into Sittingbourne to add some more churches to the list of those visited. It was then onto Sittingbourne and then back to Iwade Church Milton and Bobbing.

A big thank you to all those who sponsored the team including local companies Budgens, Iwade Garage, Scott Anderson Ltd and Costcutters.

Also a big thank you to all the people who were waiting at each church for the cyclists and walkers. A very warm welcome was made to us at each open church. And thank you to Hartlip Church, although this was not open, they had left some refreshments on the table outside!

The beautiful All Saint's Church Iwade desperately needs £8000 for essential rewiring and a team of Iwade residents are trying to help. Please give generously. It's a very worthy cause right on our doorstep.

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