Completing the tour – Cycling the English cathedrals: Essex vicar makes sustainable journey to build a green church

Determined to cycle to every cathedral in England the Reverend Colin Baldwin, from a church in the city of Southend-on-sea, Essex, will set off on June 20th 2022 from Guildford by bike on a gruelling, ten day journey, raising funds to build a much needed centre to serve a needy community.

Revd Colin will arrive at Bradford Cathedral, as part of the tour, on Friday 24th June 2022.

Reverend Colin Baldwin

The existing dilapidated and inefficient structures of the much loved hall and church that were erected as temporary buildings over 70 years ago are set to be replaced by a new flexible, innovative building system that will be as environmentally sustainable as possible. Planning Permission for the new build was granted in December 2021. Lifestreams at Saint Stephen’s, in Alton Gardens is currently operating from the former vicarage 213 Manners Way and over the last two years has developed the building and garden to serve the local community with a Community Fridge and garden, both of which are now being well used.

Revd Colin Baldwin, leading the church says ’We desperately want to extend the services that we can offer to this local community, we’ve had the plans for some time and just need to start the building process so that our neighbours can benefit from these new facilities.’

It is estimated that £200k is needed to build the first phase consisting of community café and toilets with the required infrastructure. Trusts and grant funders who wish to support the project are likely to provide match funding. The cycle ride, one of a number of initiatives being rolled out in 2022, is projected to raise £10k.

The Bishop of Chelmsford, Rt Revd Guli Francis-Deqhani said “I wish Colin well for this next stage of his incredible bike journey, raising funds for the new buildings at Saint Stephen’s Prittlewell. This is an exciting and important project for Saint Stephen’s which will be of great benefit to the local community and the church. I will be following Colin’s journey with interest. Please support him if you can”.

Colin said ‘This exciting project will be the first church and community centre constructed with second-hand shipping containers, built responding to the Covid-19 and environmental crises. The new building will bring new life into the area, by being a safe place to gather and create more sense of community.’

The cycle ride itinerary is as follows:
June 20th – Guildford to Oxford
21st – Oxford – Birmingham – Lichfield
22nd – Lichfield – Derby – Southwell – Lincoln
23rd – Lincoln – Sheffield – Wakefield
24th – Wakefield – Bradford – York
25th – York – Ripon – Durham
26th – Durham – Newcastle – Carlisle
27th – Carlisle – Blackburn
28th – Blackburn – Manchester – Liverpool – Chester
29th – Chester – Hereford

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