Ride to Tower of London aids Norfolk church
A Norfolk church minister and his 12 ‘apostles’, cycled the 133 miles from St Bart's Church, Brisley to the Tower of London last weekend, following in the footsteps of a famous ancestor and raise cash to help repair the church fabric.
Led by the Rector of Upper Wensum, the Revd Robin Stapleford
, the group were blessed before departure by the Bishop of Lynn the Rt Revd Jonathan Meyrick
(pictured above) for their adventure on July 12 and 13.
Robin said: “We decided to cycle to the Tower of London
, as Brisley’s
most famous inhabitant, Richard Taverner,
was imprisoned there in 1541 as a pioneering translator of the Bible into English – contributing to what became the classic King James
version. He is now depicted on the village sign which is located next to the church.
“The team spirit amongst the 13 riders was excellent,” said Robin. “All our prayers were answered with no punctures, no mishaps, and only about two minutes of rain all weekend, which came near the end and was quite refreshing on a warm day.”
The cyclists ranged in age from 13 to 71. Most had never cycled long distance before, but prepared with group training on Saturday mornings in recent months exploring Norfolk.
Sponsorship is set to run well into four figures, to help the church with a current hefty repair bill on its ancient medieval fabric.
“Apart from the fundraising aspect, the whole venture has proved to be great for community spirit, in Brisley, which has recently lost its pub and has no shop. It has brought people together in a creative way, and is already leading to further social and fundraising ideas,” said Robin.
Pictured above (left to right) at the Tower of London are James Nash, Andrew Savage, Graham Marshall (team leader), Robert Longworth, Revd Robin Stapleford, Graham Spencer, Sarah Savage (event organiser), Billy Fordham, Archie Savage, Sara Fordham, Tom Savory, Edward Savage and Colin Bunnet.