Big Sponsored Cycle Ride COMPLETED

A Big Thank You to all who rode, supported and sponsored the Big Cycle Ride.
An amazing achievement by all. If you haven’t yet given in support of these wonderful people please consider doing so either by just giving or directly to those you know.

Johnny and Jason Kenning Rode their bicycles 203 miles in one day (Saturday 2nd) in ‘Biblical’ conditions from Shipton Moyne to Hook, it took 15 hours – an incredible feat for any cyclists. Well Done to them, you’re just awesome.

Dave Roffey, Chris Houseman and Philip Ball (the vicar) rode 247 miles (approx) over four days. Dave doing the whole route on a 60 year old bicycle with only the top gear much of the time – only Dave could achieve this. Philip rode about 170miles with an injured left/knee leg – so steady away to protect it from further injury and more pain. Chris Houseman kept us right and our spirits up. Brian Gilliland rode about 90 miles including many of the steepest climbs until he had to pull out because of a family issue. Steve Ellis did the last 71 miles.

Di and Ron Gollop, supported the riders for three days and then rode 36 miles on the last day – joined by Sarah Child. Gary Sutcliffe and Tony Guy supported the riders on Saturday. Other riders joined from Eastoft 11 miles, Del Hartley, Liz and 11 year old Isabel Ball . And from Aire St a Good group of children and parents joined and did the last two miles. All these riders did so in the cold and the rain of Saturday afternoon – a brilliant achievement.

There was a great welcome home on Garth lane with pom poms and cheering and an amazing spread of cakes with tea and juice at Hook School at the end.

Money raised is in the £ thousands but exact amount won’t be clear till it’s all collected and further donations have been given. A great start to a fund raising campaign which like the big cycle ride is a marathon not a sprint.

Live Tracking Link

Follow Rev Philip’s team as they progress from Shipton Moyne in Wiltshire to Hook, East Riding of Yorkshire, in real time.

Note that the link will change from day to day, and possibly change during the day – so you will need to check back often.

To donate to St Mary’s Church BigCycleRide, use our link to JustGiving:

Cycle Ride Begins

Today’s preliminary stage of the Wiltshire to Hook Cycle route ended at The Church of St John the Baptist, Shipton Moyne. Rev Philip Ball and 3 more of the St Mary’s team have completed a ‘ride in’ of an additional 27 miles starting from Devizes, where Thomas Sotheron Estcourt was an MP and where there is a statue of him in the town square. To donate online to the appeal please visit

Preliminary ride from Devizes to Shipton Moyne

Cycle Ride Live Tracking

It is hoped that it will be possible to live track the 240 mile Sponsored Cycle Ride, which starts tomorrow. Details should appear on a post on this site.

You can still register for the other rides on 2nd October of 27 miles, 11 miles or 2 miles or just turn up at the start in Hook – 11am (details of where here soon), Eastoft 2.30pm (outside St Bartholomews church) and Aire St, Goole at 4pm (meet outside the Lowther). All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. see

Or you can sponor or make a donation (either toward the whole ride, or some listed individual riders) using the link below or sponsor those you know who are riding directly with them.

Cycle Ride Just Giving page goes live

There is now a Just Giving page live through which you can sponsor riders for the big cycle ride or sign up to get people to sponsor you (if your cycling). – Just go to the page and press the orange Start Fundraising button and sign in or up from there. If you wish to cycle please look at the cycle forms / info / sponsorship page on this website (in the sub menu under big sponsored cycle ride).


URGENT HELP NEEDED – HOOK CHURCH BIG SPONSORED CYCLE RIDE. The back up driver (who is to carry luggage and spares between the stops) for the 240 mile ride from Wiltshire is no longer available and we need a replacement OR if we can’t find one driver a relay of replacements OR a person or couple who’d like to have a few days away in their camper van. The driver needs to be confident to drive a van (we have a van to use) and be available to drive with the cyclists to Wiltshire on the morning of 29th September, then slowly back to Hook over the next three days (back in Hook 2nd October) – could be a lovely pretty trip across England. Accommodation for the cyclists, for the three nights away – 29th, 30th Sept, 1st Oct is in Church Halls and we’d expect the back up driver to stay with us  – but because we’ve a van decent, comfy camping beds can be carried with us. Alternately it should be possible to find some bed and breakfast accommodation for the back up driver or if someone who had a camper van wanted to do the trip they could stay in their own camper. If we can’t find anyone who can do the whole trip, we could use a ‘relay’ of drivers who do one or two days each. Anyone who might be able to help should contact Dave Roffey directly or using See for further information about the sponsored ride and its reason

Cyclists Prepare for Big Sponsored Cycle Ride

A few cyclists are now registered for our big sponsored cycle ride and some of the less regular cyclists are currently finding parts of themselves aching or sore.
But hopefully that will all settle down in time for the ride in two weeks time.

The vicar after his first 27 mile ride in one go couldn’t walk up his stairs without pulling himself up by the handrail . . . for a day or so.
but a couple of weeks later he did the same route and was able to continue normally after he finished. He’s not yet sure if he’ll be ok over 70 miles in a day
let alone over 240 in four days, but he’s heading toward finding out.

Sponsorship forms are now circulating for various cyclists and on the Forms / Info / Sponsorship page (in the Big Sponsored Cycle Ride sub menu ) of this website there will soon be links to a just giving page through which you can sponsor cyclist. Also on the Forms / Info / Sponsorshp page of this site
is information as to how you can donate towards the whole event rather than sponsor an individual cyclist.

Return to ‘Normal’ Services

As from the 5th September, our Sunday services will return to normal
with a service at on every Sunday, except when their is a fifth Sunday in the month, when the service will be a united service with our three churches, Airmyn, Hook and Rawcliffe worshipping together at 10am – moving round on a rota. See Magazine or websites for details on these occassions.

We have also started a new ‘mid week worship in a modern style’ which is on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm moving round our three churches on a similar rota, but also available from Wednesday morning on our youtube channel. This service lasts about 30-35 minutes.

Tuesday 7th September – St Mary’s, Hook
Tuesday 14th September – St James, Rawcliffe
Tuesday 21st September – St David’s, Airmyn
and so on — 28th Hook; October 5th Rawcliffe;
12th Airmyn; 19th Hook; 26th Rawcliffe

Summer Holiday Services

10am – 15th August at St David’s, Airmyn;
10am – 22nd August at St James’, Rawcliffe;
10am – 29th August at St Mary’s, Hook

Normal Services resume in every church each Sunday from September 5th

For the last three weeks in August, rather than have a church service in each of the three churches which our vicar looks after, we will have one service in one church each Sunday and move round on a rota.

Gift Day

To The Parishioners’ of Hook.

As you are aware your church held its annual Gift Day on 19th June 2021.

This year due to the massive drop in funds held by the church caused by Covid lockdown, it was agreed that we should ask the parish of Hook for more help.

Once again our call for support was answered by the village and we raised an astonishing £3,527.00 on Gift Day. This is more than double the amount raised in 2019.

In addition to these gifts we also received a further £665.00 in donations in response to our plea for help.

This makes a grand total of £4192.00.

May I, on behalf of the Vicar and congregation thank you all most sincerely for your generosity enabling St. Mary’s to continue as your local village Church.

Ken Barclay