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Ride+Stride 2017

September 9th 2017 will be Ride+Stride Day.
If you have a favourite walk or ride and would like it to be enjoyed by others please send it to me for publication.
Ride+Stride 2016 had a good number of participants considering the foul weather but no figues are available yet.



Ride+Stride 2016

Following 2016's successful event which raised over £14000 for the Trust it has been decided that Ride+Stride 2017 will take place on Saturday 9th  September - more details

Englefield Lecture

Professor William Whyte, FRHistS, FSA (Professor of Social and Architectural History, University of Oxford) gave an interesting and informative lecture last March entitled " Saving the Church: buildings,  battles, and the idea of conservation since 1800"   The lecture, held in the imposing Long Gallery of Englefield House was enjoyed by an audience of around 70 members and guests and covered some of the great progress made in conservation as well as the harm done to church architecture. 

To be notified of future events please contact:

Mrs Liz Betteridge
2 Bramber Cottages, Terrace Road North, Binfield,
Bracknell, Berks RG42 5JH ,
or email


The Work of The Trust

Berkshire has a rich heritage of churches of all denominations. Many of these date from Saxon and Norman times. Mediaeval work abounds, and there are many important examples of gothic revival building from the nineteenth century. They stand as landmarks in their neighbourhoods and are an important focus of continuity and stability in ever-changing times.

 The Royal County of Berkshire Churches Trust was set up in 1984. Its objective is to raise funds to help with the cost of repairs to the fabric of Christian churches in Berkshire of any denomination, belonging to or associated with "Churches together in England". It also aims to encourage churches to make use of their buildings for the benefit of the community at large if this can be achieved without compromising the architectural quality of the church.  However, as its funds are small it can only grant aid works other than to the fabric of the worship area if they are of some architectural or historical importance.

Between 1988 and 2012 the Trust gave over £400,000 in 173 separate grants, varying between £200 and £10,000. 
In recent years it has supported repairs to the roof at St Michael’s, Tilehurst, to the spire at St Mary’s, Aldermaston, to stonework at St Andrew’s, Boxford, to windows at St Mary’s, Aldworth, and to improvements to the heating system at St Mary’s, Fawley.

But Berkshire’s churches need more help:-
If you would like to make a donation to the work of keeping our churches in repair and fit for the needs of the twenty-first century, please contact the secretary at the address below.

To view last year's Annual Report and learn more about the work of the Trust click here 

For general queries please contact 


 The Right Reverend Andrew Proud, Bishop of Reading said in support of Ride+Stride: “It's a no-brainer, really. Cycling and walking are good for your health and well being and to combine them with raising money for our beautiful Berkshire churches means everyone wins. This is a really worthwhile thing to do and I encourage you to get your walking boots on or get on your bike and join in. Help us save part of our cultural heritage

Bear Grylls says...

"Wherever you go, your Ride+Stride journey will help ensure that historic churches remain at the heart of our national heritage and the soul of local communities for generations to come."