This annual event took place on September 11th and four members of St Botolph’s took part and we had 10 people visit the church. Leicestershire Historic Churches Trust uses this event to raise funds to enable them to give grants to churches throughout the County.

Unfortunately, due to an injury Dave Corah was unable to take part as the stoker to St Botolph’s tandem team so Nigel went off on his solo cycle “ride”, while Jane and Heather began their ‘stride’ to Hathern and David joined in. Nigel cycled 13.5 miles and managed to visit six churches on his travels, but it was interesting that many of the churches which usually take part were closed this year.

It was a lovely autumn day as we made our way to the church (across the fields to Hathern) , managing to call at the bookshop in the village on the way. This is not to be missed for book-lovers and is now in new premises on the main road in Hathern. We resisted the temptation to browse too long or to buy any books as they would have made our packs very heavy to carry!

At the Church of St Peter and St Paul, we were greeted by Linda, their Treasurer and Mothers Union Leader. We chatted for a while and had a look around and then walked down Pasture Lane, back towards Loughborough and eventually to Shepshed walking approximately 7 miles.

Every year, it’s a great day for getting out and about, raising funds for churches all over Leicestershire, including St Botolph’s.

Many thanks to all who sponsored us for this walk. A sum of about £230.00 was raised and this will be split equally between St Botolph’s and the Trust.

St Botolph’s has received from the Historic Churches Trust a £1,000 grant toward the new lighting and a further £800 toward the roof alarm.  They also helped us complete an Allchurches Grant application and we received, on Saturday, a cheque for £2,225 toward the roof alarm.

Jane and Heather