Hampshire and the Islands Historic Churches Trust

This is a non-denominational charity which raises funds towards the upkeep of some 900 historic church buildings dating from the 8th to the 20th century. Since 1988, HIHCT has provided grants and loans in excess of 540,000 to help repair, restore and maintain churches, their contents and churchyards. More than 300 churches, chapels and meeting houses in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight have benefited.
Whether you wish to apply for a grant, take part in Ride and Stride, or just find out more about the wonderful church buildings in the region, we hope this site will help you. Please visit our Picture Gallery to view some of the churches we have helped.

This years Ride & Stride takes place on 9th Sept 2017 to take part go to Taking Part

Ride and Stride 2016

On Saturday 10th September 2016 , Ride & Stride took place on one of the wettest days of the year in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight! This did not deter some of our cyclists.
David Sloan cycled 100 miles and raised around £1,700 for our Chairman, Lady Appleyard!
A group of 20 cyclists pedalled 27 miles in the rain in the Cheriton area trying to keep up with the one who had an electric bike - a very smart move as there were so many hills!
Vernon Tottle, church warden of Itchen Abbas church, made The Great British Bake Off Salted Caramel Mirror Glaze Showstopper cake for riders & striders - delicious!
Barton Stacey Chamber Choir did a Sing & Stride around 5 Winchester churches, including the Cathedral and the Hospital of St Cross - a brilliant idea.
Walkers from Winchester Cathedral toured the city while others did a 2-day 32 mile walk along the Itchen Way to Winchester. Gareth Higgs from West Meon visited 30 churches by bus!
One person had undertaken all Ride & Stride days from the beginning and had stickers to prove it!
On the Isle of Wight Jan White used her mobility scooter to visit churches in the south, then took to a bus to visit more.
Canon David Isaac set out on his motorbike from his Swanmore Vicarage near Ryde.
Cyclists from St John's Newport were also braving the elements, covering 25 miles of very hilly countryside.
Many riders and striders took to their cars this year and still enjoyed our County's wonderful church & chapel buildings - we even have a rare Roman Catholic chapel inside a pre-reformation church at Tichborne - one of only 3 surviving in England.
Some of the scenes from 2016 Ride & Stride

Enthusiastic Volunteers Required as Area Coordinators see Ride and Stride

Riders and Striders around Hampshire and the Isle of Wight in 2016




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