Friends of Essex Churches Trust

Waltham Abbey Arcade

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

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


  • Gin & Gypsy Swing

    Saturday 18th September 2021

    Terling All Saints at 7pm

    Featuring Simon Hurley's Djangoliers with Emma Stewart-Smith on vocals

    Celebrate new found freedoms with some delicious gin, wine, food and song!

    Tickets are £20

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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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