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Thirteen Cycled for St Mary's

Last Sunday (16th July) saw cyclists of all ages from Beech Hill, Stratfield Saye and Spencers Wood join the challenge of an eighteen mile sponsored cycle ride round the lanes of South Berkshire and North Hampshire.

The ride which was part of the 150th Anniversary celebrations of the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Beech Hill took in the Roman town of Silchester, where refreshments were provided by the members of the church of St Mary the Virgin, Silchester, then through the Pamber Forest to Little London, then back to Beech Hill via Stratfield Saye. To make sure nobody got lost, clear direction signs (and a couple of warning signs) were erected at all the turnings and riders were provided with route sheets and maps.

We didn't see very much of the sun unfortunately but the scorching temperatures of earlier in the week had abated to a very pleasant 22 degrees and it remained dry throughout.

Although it wasn't a race, our youngest rider, eleven year old Zach, completed the route in a very creditable two hours.

With most of the sponsorship money in, we look to have raised over £300 for St Mary's, so thank you very much to everyone who took part in making a Sunday afternoon cycle ride so rewarding, and a big thank you to Jude for persuading both church-goers and shoppers to take part, and extracting money from them, to Sam for looking after the checkpoint at Silchester to make sure everyone arrived safely, and Jude, Sam and Carole for baking the cakes and providing tea for the hungry cyclists on their return to Beech Hill.

David and Peter Simpson - organizers

Ready to go They're off
Setting out to erect the route signs One of the 26 route signs




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