Friends of Dr South's School

Islip Big Bike Ride 2024

On 12th May 2024, this popular event will once again take riders from Westminster Abbey, Great Missenden and Thame to the historic village of Islip (near Oxford). Funds raised will be used to support Islip's primary school and parish church.
raised of £10,000 target
Event: Islip Big Bike Ride, on 12 May 2024
Closes on 25/07/2024
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The Islip Big Bike Ride

The Big Bike Ride is a biannual event organised and operated by The Islip Big Bike Ride committee in conjunction with The Friends of Dr South’s School and St Nicholas’ Church.

The Islip Big Bike Ride committee aims to raise £10,000 for our local causes. The funds raised will be distributed equally in aid of Dr South's School and St Nicholas' Church, both in Islip.

The Ride

From Westminster Abbey to Islip through royal parks and country lanes, the Islip Big Bike Ride is a unique and beautiful 70-mile route from central London to the ancient village of Islip in Oxfordshire, the birthplace of Edward the Confessor.

Starting outside Westminster Abbey, our riders will pass through Hyde Park and the Georgian splendour of Holland Park. Emerging near Wembley they tackle Harrow on the Hill and emerge from London directly into the beautiful, rolling, Chiltern hills. With the woods and winding lanes behind them, the route takes the Phoenix Trail, an old railway line converted to a cycle path, across the Oxfordshire plain to Thame, and then its just a short hop to the finish at Islip Village Hall.

Not everybody is a long-distance cyclist, and so we offer shorter routes from Great Missenden (30 miles) and Thame (15 miles).

The Big Bike Ride welcomes those who cycle regularly as well as those looking simply for a fun family day out. If you would like to participate then click here to register.

Dr South's School

Dr South’s School is a small village school with around 100 pupils on roll from Islip and its surrounding communities. The staff work hard to provide a rich and holistic education to its pupils.

But as a small school, the school budget is limited. Monies raised by this event have a huge impact on the breadth of the curriculum and the enrichment opportunities that can be offered to the children.

Examples include STEAM equipment, outdoor play equipment, theatrical staging and other performance costs, and musical instruments. Funds raised in 2024 will help the school refurbish the School Library.

The Friends of Dr South's is a UK registered charity (number 279172) that has been raising funds for Dr South’s C.E. Primary School in Islip for many years.

St Nicholas' Church

St Nicholas’ Church is the parish church of Islip, and dates back to the 12th century. Its striking tower is a visible landmark for miles around. The church today is the centre of the village’s spiritual and community life – for weekly worship, major festivals and also for other important village occasions such as Harvest and Remembrance. The well-tended churchyard is an important pedestrian link as well as a beautiful and peaceful place where anyone in the village is entitled to be laid to rest. The students at Dr South’s School often cross the road for school services and events at the Church.

The church is also a place for community gathering and hospitality. Frequently used for concerts, we also host occasional evening events where villagers and others can meet and mingle. The church regularly hosts musical performances and has been used as a recording and rehearsal venue for classical musicians and is a space where various local musical groups meet to sing, play instruments etc. It’s also a venue for sales and other events that raise funds for various causes.

The demands of maintaining and enhancing an historic listed building take considerable funds. Our ambition is to continue to develop this wonderful and important place to be of continuing relevance, service and spiritual help to the community. The funds of the Big Bike Ride help with this.

About the charity

Friends of Dr South's School

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Throughout the year we organise a wide range of fund-raising activities - from quiz nights to cycling events to Xmas tree sales. The money we collect is used to enrich the experience of pupils at Dr South's School. We work directly with the school to prioritise the projects that secure funding.

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