EVERYBODY this summer seems to be at it: if they are not
abseiling down church towers, they are taking off on sponsored
cycle rides. At the time of writing, Steve Brown will have started
his 1000-mile tour to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the
signing of Magna Carta. He will be cycling the Magna Carta trail
through the "charter towns" of Lincoln, Durham, Salisbury, Oxford,
and Canterbury to deliver manuscripts of a specially commissioned
Magna Carta anthem to churches and cathedrals across England.
He will also be visiting other key towns, including Langton by
Wragby, believed to be the birthplace of Stephen Langton, the
Archbishop of Canterbury who was a significant person in the
struggles with King John which led to the signing of the great
document. He hopes to complete his ride on 9 August.
Mr Brown is married to the Revd Alison Brown, a curate in the
North Hampshire Downs benefice in Winchester
diocese, and is hoping to raise a substantial sum towards the
£250,000 needed to replace the heating system, and to install new
flooring and seating in All Saints', Odiham, so that the church can
be better used by the community.