Melford Church Ride to ‘rest’ after 25 years

Janet Meyer (Far L) and Rev Matthew Lawson (Far R) send the first riders of the Melford Church Ride 2016, Francis Browne (Centre L) and Sally Miles (Centre R) out onto the course.
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Janet Meyer (Far L) and Rev Matthew Lawson (Far R) send the first riders of the Melford Church Ride 2016, Francis Browne (Centre L) and Sally Miles (Centre R) out onto the course. Pic - Richard Marsham/RMG Photography ANL-160423-205528009
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After its 25th outing on Saturday, the Melford Church Ride is to have ‘a rest’ after starting in 1991, with a break in 2001 due to foot and mouth disease.

Ride chairman Patrick Kohler said: “We have decide to rest the event in the hope it attracts a new team with new ideas and energy in the future.”

Riders and horse prepare for the Melford Church Ride.
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Riders and horse prepare for the Melford Church Ride. Pic - Richard Marsham/RMG Photography ANL-160423-205439009

Despite heavy rain last week, 73 riders enjoyed the 15 mile course starting at Kentwell Hall in Long Melford, riding through Alpheton, Shimpling, Hartest, Chadacre, Boxted and Stanstead.

The ride supports the Friends of Long Melford Church, the parishes that it rides through, International Spinal Research Trust, The Shelley Centre for Therapeutic Riding and East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Riders and horses make their way around the course on the Melford Church Ride.
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Riders and horses make their way around the course on the Melford Church Ride. Pic - Richard Marsham/RMG Photography ANL-160423-205551009

Riders and horses make their way around the course on the Melford Church Ride.
Pic - Richard Marsham/RMG Photography ANL-160423-205702009

Riders and horses make their way around the course on the Melford Church Ride. Pic - Richard Marsham/RMG Photography ANL-160423-205702009