October’s edition of the Ampfield Messenger is available via @acnbchurch
October’s edition with news about the Ampfield School, a letter from Vicar Victoria, a report on Ride and Stride together with updates from those running the many activities and facilities which cannot open at this time.
Ride And Stride report
This year the Ride and Stride took place on 12th September. Given all the differences we are experiencing this year, we did wonder if it would take place at all, but take place it did. The day dawned with beautiful sunshine and just the right amount of heat for lots of walking.
There were 7 of us this year – Phil, Lorraine, Michael, Sally, Jennie, Jemma and me, Jo. Chris should have joined us too, but unfortunately, due to car trouble, she was unable to come, however, at our final church, St Mark’s, we had a wonderful welcome from her lovely husband, Rob, who had opened up the church and laid on squash and chocolate biscuits – a real treat! (Editors note: thoughtfully donated by Adrienne!)
To start our journey we met at All Saints and set off on the dot of 10.00am. Taking our life in our hands (I do hate that bend) we headed for St John’s. After signing in and a few pics, we walked back to Body Farm, and then across country to Crampmoor, not in our benefice, but we were so close, it seemed a shame not to pay a visit. From there we walked our final leg to St Mark.
After being greeted, and fed and watered, by Rob, Michael and Lorraine walked home and the rest of us took our picnics and sat in the glade, at the back of the church. After so much disruption this year, it was such a delight to walk in beautiful surroundings and chat, with friends.
We also raised £415 in sponsorship, which will be spilt equally between St Mark’s and The Churches Trust, who give grants to help churches maintain their buildings and who have previously contributed to work we have need on our church. Well done everyone – here’s to next year!! Jo Hooper
First published: Ampfield Messenger October 2020.