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.