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

Events

  • Open Garden 2024

    Tuesday 4th June 2024

    The gardens at Little Bentley Hall are one of Essex’s finest. They are famous for its lake and ancient waterways, and delightful woodland garden. By kind permission of Christopher and Virginia Palmer-Tomkinson

    Little Bentley Hall
    Church Road
    Little Bentley
    Colchester CO7 8SD

    2.00pm-5.00pm

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  • Gift Fair 2024 at Chelmsford City Racecourse Stallholder applications now open

    Tuesday 15th October 2024

    10am-3pm

    Chelmsford City Racecourse, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 1QP

    Please see link for the application form

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