Today, one manâ€™s 1000 mile bicycle ride across each town with an original link to the Magna Carta began, delivering the new Magna Carta Anthem to Deans, organists and directors of music ahead of the 800 year anniversary of the Charterâ€™s sealing next year.
Stephen Brown, husband of All Saints Church, Odiham vicar Alison Brown, will be suffering sore legs and sun burn to commemorate the Magna Carta anniversary, and raise money for the churchâ€™s â€˜Project Warm Welcomeâ€™, which seeks to adapt the church building to the needs of a modern era by improving its comfort and flexibility.
The challenging ride comes a week after success at General Synod for Guildford diocese, as Lay Chairman at Runnymede Deanery Keith Malcouronne introduced and passed a motion from the Diocese of Guildford Synod, asking for the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta on 15 June 2015 to be recognised and celebrated across the Church of England, urging congregations to engage with politics, and encouraging churches to increase the number of people voting in elections.
'75% of the worldâ€™s population today lack the Magna Carta right of individual religious freedom'
Keith commented on why the motion was so important. He said: â€œBishop Christopher Cocksworth of Coventry (one of whose predecessors was a witnessing bishop at Runnymede) pointed out that 75% of the worldâ€™s population today lack the Magna Carta right of individual religious freedom (as subsequently enshrined in Article 18 of the universal declaration of human rights) and that over 250 million Christians and others live under the active threat of religious persecution.â€
The Magna Carta Anthem is an original piece of music commissioned by All Saints Church, Odiham and composed by Director of Chapel Music at Winchester College Malcolm Archer, lasting about five minutes in length.
It will set the text â€˜Veni, sancte spiritusâ€™, and will be published by the Royal School of Choral Music for use throughout 2015.
The Magna Carta Cycle Trail Stephen is cycling to deliver copies of the anthem starts and finishes at Odiham from 21 July to 9 August, passing through Winchester, Salisbury, Oxford, Hereford, Durham, Lincoln, Bury St Edmunds, St Albans, Runnymede (Wraysbury and Egham), London, and Canterbury.
A detailed itinerary for the Magna Carta Cycle Trail is below. A translation of the Magna Carta from Latin to English and a full copy of the amended Magna Carta motion will be on the website shortly
Full cycle trail itinerary
Monday 21 July: Start Odiham Arr. Winchester am; Salisbury pm
Tuesday 22: en route to Oxford
Wednesday 23: Arr. Oxford am
Thurs 24:Arr. Hereford pm
Fri 25 / Sat 26 / Sun 27 en route Durham
Mon 28: Arr. Durham pm
Tues 29 / Wed 30: en route Lincoln
Thu 31: Arr. Lincoln pm
Fri 1, Sat 2: en route Bury St Edmunds
Sun 3 : Arr. Bury St Edmunds am
Mon 4 Aug: Arr. St Albans pm
Tue 5: Arr. Runnymede Wraysbury am & Egham
Wed 6 : London Temple am
Thu 7 :Arr. Canterbury pm
Fri 8 : en route Odiham
Sat 9 August : Arr. Odiham