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Archdeacon Robin issues Tour de Stansted challenge

10th Jul 2018

Robin King, the Archdeacon of Stansted, is inviting cyclists to join him for a 150-mile cycle ride around the churches of North West Essex in September. Robin is calling the event the “Tour de Stansted”.

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 Archdeacon is raising funds for local church buildings as part of the annual Ride+Stride, the sponsored cycle ride and walk in September 2018 organised by the Friends of Essex Churches Trust. Sponsorship will raise funds for church repairs and improvements. Support will be appreciated.

Jeremy Beale, the Chairman of the Friends of Essex Churches Trust, is grateful for Archdeacon Robin’s leadership, and he is looking forward to taking part in the ride himself at High Easter:

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 these treasures 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 (right), from Bradwell near Braintree, with his trainer Steve Hasler, from St Mary’s Church, Saffron Walden.

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The Tour de Stansted is a sponsored cycling event on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September to raise funds for the repair of local church buildings of all denominations and for improvements to church buildings such as the installation of kitchens and lavatories.

The route will take in the 56 parish churches along the border of the Archdeaconry of Stansted avoiding major roads. These churches and the times when they will be visited are listed in the itinerary below and are also shown on the downloadable map/poster, linked above.

The Venerable Robin King was appointed Archdeacon of Stansted, in the Church of England Diocese of Chelmsford, in 2013. His home and office are located in Bradwell, near Braintree.

The Archdeaconry of Stansted comprises five Deaneries (or groups of parishes under the care of an Area Dean): Dunmow & Stansted, Saffron Walden, Braintree, and Hinckford, in North West Essex.

The Bishop of Colchester, Right Reverend Roger Morris, will be joining Archdeacon Robin on his bike for the start of the ride from Coggeshall on 8 September.

Robin King can be sponsored at

The Tour is part of the Friends of Essex Churches Trust charity’s Ride+Stride, a sponsored cycle ride and walk, on September 8. For more information visit

The Ride+Stride is taking place across England. It is co-ordinated by the National Churches Trust. See

Sponsors can divide their sponsorship between The Friends of Essex Churches Trust, to go towards grants for the repair and improvement of Essex and East London churches, and any nominated local church building of their choice.

Robin King is being trained for the Tour de Stansted by Steve Hasler, a member of St Mary’s Church in Saffron Walden, who completed a charity cycle ride from Land’s End to John O’ Groats with the Rector of Saffron Walden, Revd Canon David Tomlinson, in 2016. Steve will accompany Robin on the Tour de Stansted.

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 Diocese of Chelmsford is the Church of England in Essex and East London.


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.