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 Christian places of worship of all denominations 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

Wethersfield, St. Mary Magdalene

Roof repairs and internal decoration

Our church, St Mary Magdalene, sits in a central spot within the North Essex village of Wethersfield. It also plays a central role in the life of the village; we are open daily, and have at least two services a...

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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


  • RideStride

    Saturday 10th September 2022

    Refreshed post-COVID. Join us on this invigorating day to raise funds for your church and churches and chapels throughout Essex and East London. See Ride & Stride page on our website for full details.

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  • Gift Fair 2022 at Hylands House

    Wednesday 5th October 2022

    Wednesday 5th October


    Hylands House, Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 8WQ

    Appications for stallholders, please contact Natalie Rowe

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