On Sunday 26 July, Shaun Ward, Clerk of Works, will begin a week-long cycle ride from Ludlow to Canterbury, raising much needed funds for St Laurence's. It will also signify the end of the town survey for the vision project. This pilgrimage to the seat of English Christianity will see Shaun travel through some of England's most beautiful counties, staying each night with different hosts from a broad spectrum of ecclesial and musical scenes. Travelling with him on his journey with the brief of providing sustenance and support - albeit in a car - will be Canon Jeffry Willcox, a retired priest in the Ludlow Team Ministry.
This cycle ride will also emphasise the close friendship between the two dioceses of Hereford and Canterbury. Two of England's most revered saints have their shrines at the cathedrals - St Thomas a Becket at Canterbury and St Thomas Cantilupe at Hereford. Shaun will be arriving at Canterbury on Saturday 1 August where he will visit the Shrine and also meet the Dean, the Very Revd Robert Willis, previously Dean of Hereford. Before he departs from Ludlow, Shaun will receive a blessing from the Team Vicar, Revd James Stewart. This will take place on Sunday at 9.30 am during St Laurence's main celebration of the Eucharist.
His itinerary is:
Ludlow - Hereford Cathedral - Prinknash Abbey - Oxford - Reading - Westminster - Aylesford - Canterbury
The town survey has been completed as part of the Vision Project at St Laurence's to look at how best the church might serve the needs of its community in the twenty-first century. The response has been overwhelmingly positive, and this cycle ride is a celebration of that.
If you would like to donate to the cycle ride, cheques can be sent to the Treasurer of the PCC (Payable to Ludlow PCC) in an envelope marked ‘Cycle Ride to Canterbury'. The address is
2 College Street
If you are a UK tax payer, please consider making your donation via Gift Aid enabling us to claim a further 25% back from the H M Revenue. Please fill out the Gift Aid Form and post to us
You can follow Shaun's progress daily on his blog: www.cycleridetocanterbury.blogspot.com