From 28 April to 1 May 2022, Fr George Guiver and Peter Snowdon will be cycling from Ford End near Chelmsford to St Barnabas’, Tunbridge Wells, to raise money for the Tariro charity.

Tariro UK raises money to support orphans or young people whose one parent can’t look after them any more. It funds between 45 and 50 such young people in four centres in Zimbabwe, through models which suit the individuals; supporting them through school and then with further education or practical projects until they are able to stand on their own two feet.

The ride is in memory of Fr Arthur Shearley Cripps (1869 – 1952). Fr Cripps was born in Tunbridge Wells, was influenced by Charles Gore, became vicar of Ford End, and then a missionary, stirrer for social justice, and poet in what is now Zimbabwe. You can find out more about him on: https://www.christiancourier.ca/?s=cripps .

His grave in Zimbabwe is regarded as a shrine,and miracles have been attributed to this very unlikely character.

The route starts at Ford End on the morning Thursday 28 April 2022, and taking the riders down to the Gravesend ferry. Having crossed the Thames estuary, they make for Lullingstone and the remains of a famous Roman Villa, which includes one of the oldest places of Christian worship in Britain: the foundations of a chapel whose Roman frescoes and mosaics are now on display in the British Museum. On the site of this chapel they hope to sing the midday office.

They then make for West Malling Abbey, before finally heading to Tunbridge Wells, to St Barnabas’ Church, where Cripps grew up in the faith, and where Fr George will preach on the Sunday.

This 90-mile journey will bespread over 3 days. If you would like to join the ride for a part of it, or even the whole, please email gguiver@mirfield.org.uk

CLICK HERE to make a donation and/or to sponsor this worthy endeavour!

Many thanks to those who have already donated, before the ride was postponed.