100 mile cycle ride

Posted on Monday 7 August 2017
Hi, Im the Diocese of Ely Environment Co-ordinator and will be cycling 100 miles in August to highlight green projects and initiatives taking place in churches across the Diocese. Ill be visiting some of these churches on my bike, riding 50 miles south of Cambridge on Saturday 12th August and 50 miles north on Sunday 13th August, joined for some of the way by members of these churches.

Stops along the way will be at St Andrew’s in Cherry Hinton who are collaborating with CoFarm (http://wecofarm.com/) to develop a city farm on church land; St George’s Church in Thriplow who are managing their churchyard to encourage biodiversity and wildlife; St Mary’s in Mepal, reviewing their energy suppliers with a view to buying 100% renewable electricity and Bar Hill Church who have recently been awarded a bronze Ecochurch award (https://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/). Orwell Church are monitoring their energy usage, and members of All Saints’ Croydon church play an active role in Croydon’s Sustainability Group. These are just a few examples of the green church projects across the diocese – please do get in touch to tell me of any plans or hopes for your church too. (clare.redfern@elydiocese.org) 

 

The cycle ride is also raising money for my home church of Great St Mary's, the University Church in Cambridge, to support our own eco- project. The church’s south aisle roof is leaking and urgently needs repairing. Money raised from the cycle ride will go towards the roof repairs and (pending planning permission) the installation of Photovoltaic (PV) solar panels. As Catherine Smart, a member of the group put it, “As well as making the ancient roof at Great St Mary’s wind and waterproof, we want our care of the church building to also reflect a wise use of the Earth's resources.”

I’m looking forward to celebrating all our efforts and finding our more, whilst enjoying cycling through the fens and fields of the diocese. 

To add your name to the Ely Diocese Environment Group list or tell me about your church’s plans, please email clare.redfern@elydiocese.org

Donations towards the roof project at Great St Mary’s can be made online at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/greatstmarys