50th anniversary ceremony in Dorchester Abbey

Dorchester Friday 25 April 2014

The Earl and Countess of Wessex delighted members of the Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust (OHCT) by joining them at a service in Dorchester Abbey to celebrate the organisation’s 50th anniversary.

“The OHCT works hard to help preserve some of what we believe to be some of the finest buildings in England. We are thrilled that The Earl and Countess have chosen to support us,” said Richard Lethbridge, President.

Their Royal Highnesses took the opportunity to meet participants in the OHCT’s annual Ride and Stride fundraising event, a sponsored bike ride or walk in which people from all over the county walk or cycle between as many churches as they can in one day. Last year Striders raised over £127,000.

The Royal couple took time to chat to some of the Ride and Stride’s most dedicated supporters including Gillian Hood from Headington Quarry who has been taking part for the past 6 years, covering around 600 miles in that time.

“They are just so lovely and normal” said Gillian of the Royal Couple. “They seemed so genuinely keen and interested in what we are doing for Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust. They have certainly spurred me on for the next ‘Ride and Stride’ in September.” she said.

Amongst the hundreds of Ride and Stride supporters the Royal Couple met were mother and daughter Jean Williamson and Vanessa Wodward from Bayworth Baptist Chapel in Sunningwell, who described meeting the couple as “an absolute delight”.

The Earl of Wessex, who has recently celebrated his own 50th birthday, was invited to cut a celebratory cake designed in the form of a bicycle. Robin Fieth from Pyrton who raised £2,675.75 in 2011 by cycling 90 miles round 71 churches, then presented him with a specially commissioned 50th anniversary mug.

Chloe Bramwell who is eleven and from Shippon, has been taking part in the Ride and Stride since she was six. She presented The Countess of Wessex with a posy of spring flowers.

Abingdon based Jeanette Thomas, who helps to organize Oxfordshire’s Ride and Stride said, “It was wonderful to meet The Earl and Countess and to have their support. The Ride and Stride is great fun and we want as many people to participate and know about it as possible – who knows next year they might even join in!”

As they left the Abbey The Earl and Countess of Wessex chatted with a guard of honour of Ride and Stride cyclists. The Countess then spent some time talking to 3 year old Sophia Aitken and her mother Tara from Witney. “Sophia has a serious disability” her mother explained, “We came down for her physiotherapy session but all she wanted to do was see a real princess. The Countess was so lovely and chatted to her for quite a while, Sophia will remember today forever.”

About Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust

Founded in 1964, the OHCT provides financial help for repairs and practical enhancements to churches and chapels of all denominations and encourages wider interest in them.

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