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


  • Open Garden at Blake Hall, Ongar, CM5 0DG

    Thursday 10th June 2021

    By kind permission of Mr & Mrs H Capel Cure

    Blake Hall is set within 25 acres of mature garden with broad variety of specimen trees - perfect surroundings for afternoon tea!

    Please contact Becky Willis on 01621 788225 or for more information

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  • Gift Fair 2021

    Tuesday 5th October 2021



    GIFT FAIR 2021

    Tuesday 5th October 2021   10am-3pm

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

    For more details and stallholders application forms please email



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