1000 miles, 29 cathedrals

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25 August 2009

by Margaret Duggan

THEY DID IT. They cycled more than 1000 miles to help St Michael’s, Camden, in London diocese, become a more wel­com-ing church. The Vicar, the Revd Philip North (far right), and the pastoral assis­tant, Peter Garvie (far left), visited 29 cathedrals, cycling first to St Albans, then to Chelmsford (shown with the Dean, the Very Revd Michael Judd, and the Pre­centor, Canon Simon Pothen), and on through the eastern dio­ceses to York. They went back through Man­ches­ter and Liverpool, through the Midlands to the West Country and Wells, and along the south­ern dioceses to London and St Paul’s.

It took them two weeks of cycling about 70 miles a day and relying on the hospitality of parishioners in the cathedral cities for their overnight stays. They battled through the turbul­ent weather of this wet summer with nothing but the clothes they were wearing and a few essentials in their pan­nier bags.

The purpose was to raise what they hope will be £30,000 towards the £75,000 needed for a new glass porch for the church, and a café area. Their effort followed that of the previous incumbent, the Revd Malcolm Hunter, who spent two weeks living like a homeless per­son, sleeping with­out any covers on the roof of St Michael’s. That, together with a grant from Eng­lish Heritage, raised enough money to pay for a replacement roof, repairs to the windows, and the provision of a parish room.

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