8th Dec, 2016

Steeplechase event to raise funds for historic Alcester church

Stratford Editorial 2nd Feb, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

RESIDENTS are being asked to put their best foot forward in a bid to raise funds for Alcester’s St Nicholas Church.

The Butter Street building is the lead of eight churches, which together form the Alcester Minster, and has been on the site since the 12th century when it was part of Alcester Abbey.

But the historic building is now in urgent need of repairs to its stonework.

To ensure the church can still be used as a place of worship but also by individuals and groups throughout the community, £250,000 needs to be raised for the St Nicholas Church Restoration Fund.

Organisers, led by former district councillor Nick Moon, are hoping people across the local area will pledge to take part in a fund-raising steeplechase on May 30.

They can choose between a five, ten or 20 mile route by walking, running or riding the Alcester Minster Trail.

Mr Moon is also working on a Heritage Lottery Fund bid to help secure support for the restoration.

Participants will start and finish at St Nicholas at 10am before following their chosen route on foot, push bike or even on horseback, visiting the eight churches that make up the Minster along the way.

Everyone who finishes their designated course will receive a medal while children aged 15 and under will receive a t-shirt.

Entrance is priced at £25 for families, £15 for adults and £8 for children, who must be accompained by an adult.

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