Friends of Essex Churches Trust

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Welcome to Friends of Essex Churches Trust

We revitalise buildings that make communities proud.

We raise money to award grants to preserve and improve interdenominational Christian places of worship in the historic county of Essex (including the unitary authorities of Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock together with the five London Boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Havering, Newham, Redbridge and Waltham Forest)

Our Projects

St John's Stratford E15

New nave ceiling

A large section of the nave ceiling fell down at St John's in Stratford in the spring of 2018. We responded with a grant of £12,500. Six months after the collapse, the restoration work was completed.  

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Ride & Stride

Hundreds of people take part in Our Ride+Stride fundraising adventure – a sponsored bike ride or walk, every year.

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Ride+Stride event


  • Hylands House, Chelmsford

    Gift Fair

    Thursday 11th October 2018

    Our Gift Fair offers a tempting array of gifts not available on the High Street. The next Fair will take place on Thursday 11th October, from 10.00 am - 3.00 pm, in the elegant surroundings of Hylands House, Chelmsford. Visit...

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  • Autumn Study Day

    Saturday 6th October 2018

    Our next Study Day will be held on Saturday 6 October 2018 when Dr Christopher Starr will be giving talks in five of our favourite medieval churches:

    • St Andrew’s, Wormingford, CO6 3AZ.  
    • St John the Baptist, Mount Bures, CO8 5AS.
    • All Saints,...

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  • Ride & Stride 2018

    Saturday 8th September 2018

    To raise funds for the Trust and participating churches.

    Find out more on our ride and stride event page

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