A CHURCH of England vicar is soon to peddle off to see the Pope — and he plans to raise money for a community centre at the same 'time.
The Reverend Gary MeirionJones will spring into the saddle at his vicarage at Ash Vale, near Aldershot, Hampshire, and push away at the rate of 100 miles a day until he reaches Rome.
Mr Meirion-Jones's bicycle will be loaded with lightweight camping equipment for the journey, planned for July 25 to August 5. He will return after three days. Mr Meirion-Jones said: "I am no cyclist," butte has already run a sponsored cycle-ride from Land's End to John O'Groats.
A group of young people from the parish will join Mr MeirionJones in his 1,000 mile trek. "ff others want to join me from other parts of the diocese they will be most welcome," he said. "All that is required is a useful sports bike and the determination to train."
If he is in Rome at the time, the Pope, also a noted sportsman and traveller, will receive a personal greetings message from Mr Meirion-Jones.