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Archdeacon Robin issues Tour de Stansted challenge

10th Jul 2018

Robin King, the Archdeacon of Stansted, is challenging cyclists in his Dunmow & Stansted, Saffron Walden, Braintree and Hinckford Deaneries to join him for the Tour de Stansted, a sponsored cycle ride around the churches in the Archdeaconry.

“If I survive, the Tour de Stansted will be about 150 miles,” said Archdeacon Robin. I would love people to join me as I travel around, even if it is just for a couple of churches.

“If anyone would like to join me for the whole journey, they would be most welcome." 

The route will take in the 56 parish churches along the border of the Archdeaconry avoiding major roads. 


The Archdeacon is raising funds for local church buildings as part of the annual Ride+Stride, the sponsored cycle ride and walk in September organised by the Friends of Essex Churches Trust.

Jeremy Beale, the Chairman of the Friends of Essex Churches Trust, commented:

“Church buildings need constant care and maintenance to keep them in good shape for everything from family fun days, school holiday clubs and concerts to christenings, weddings and funerals.

Many people are surprised to find out that church buildings do not receive any government funds but instead rely on the goodwill of community-minded congregations, generous sponsors and enterprising fund-raisers like Archdeacon Robin who take a lead and go the extra mile.

“I am looking forward to getting my bike out and joining the Tour de Stansted for a stretch from High Easter.”

Image: Archdeacon of Stansted, the Venerable Robin King, with trainer Steve Hasler (left) from St Mary’s Church, Saffron Walden.

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More information

The Tour de Stansted is a sponsored cycle ride on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September to raise money for local church buildings.

Robin King can be sponsored at

The Tour will be part of the Friends of Essex Churches Trust Ride+Stride on September 8. For more information visit

If sponsors type the name of their parish church after their name on the donation page, half the money will go to that church; otherwise all the sponsorship will go to the Friends of Essex Churches Trust.

Steve Hasler, a cyclist from St Mary’s Church in Saffron Walden, is training Archdeacon Robin for the Tour de Stansted and will be keeping him company over the whole route.

They are planning on an average cycling speed of 12-14 mph, a five minute stop at each church, 30 minutes for lunch and 15 minutes for tea.

It will be possible to track their progress on Twitter @chelmsdio and on Facebook at

The Right Reverend Roger Morris, the Bishop of Colchester will be joining Archdeacon Robin for the start.

Robin King was appointed Archdeacon of Stansted, in the Diocese of Chelmsford, in 2013. He is based in Bradwell, near Braintree.

The Archdeaconry of Stansted comprises five Deaneries, Dunmow & Stansted, Saffron Walden, Braintree, and Hinckford, in North West Essex.


Day 1: Saturday 8 September

Coggeshall: St Peter ad Vincula – 8.30 am.

Bradwell: Holy Trinity.

Cressing: All Saints.

Black Notley: St Peter & St Paul.

Felsted: Holy Cross.

Barnston: St Andrew.

High Easter: St Mary the Virgin.

Good Easter: St Andrew.

Margaret Roding: St Margaret of Antioch.

Beauchamp Roding: St Botolph.

Abbess Roding: St Edmund.

White Roding: St Martin.

Aythorpe Roding: St Mary the Virgin.

High Roding: All Saints.

Great Canfield: St Mary.

Takeley: Holy Trinity.

Birchanger: St Mary the Virgin.

Stansted Mountfitchet: St John.

Manuden: St Mary the Virgin.

Berden: St Nicholas.

Clavering: St Mary & St Clement.

Langley: St John the Evangelist.  

Little Chishill: St Nicholas.

Great Chishill: St Swithun.

Heydon: Holy Trinity.

Elmdon: St Nicholas.

Littlebury: Holy Trinity.

Great Chesterford: All Saints.

Day 2: Sunday 9 September

Great Chesterford: All Saints – 8.30 am.

Saffron Walden: St Mary the Virgin.

Little Walden: St John.

Hadstock: St Botolph.

Ashdon: All Saints.

Sewards End: St James.

Radwinter: St Mary the Virgin.

Hempstead: St Andrew.

Helions Bumpstead: St Andrew.

Steeple Bumpstead: St Mary.

Sturmer: St Mary.

Birdbrook: St Augustine of Canterbury.

Ashen: St Augustine of Canterbury.

Belchamp St Paul: St Andrew.

Pentlow: St George & St Gregory.

Foxearth: St Peter & St Paul.

Liston Church.

Borley Church.

Bulmer: St Andrew.

Middleton: All Saints.

Great Henny: St Mary.

Lamarsh: Holy Innocents.  

Alphamstone: St Barnabas.

Pebmarsh: St John the Baptist.

White Colne: St Andrew.  

Wakes Colne: All Saints.

Chappel: St Barnabas.

Great Tey: St Barnabas.

Coggeshall: St Peter ad Vincula.