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)
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.Read More
Ride & Stride
Hundreds of people take part in Our Ride+Stride fundraising adventure – a sponsored bike ride or walk, every year.See More
Spring Study Day
Wednesday 8th May 2019
Our next study day, led by Dr Christopher Starr, will be held on Wednesday 8th May and will visit West Hanningfield, Woodham Ferrers, Runwell and Rettendon. For full details see flyer below:Read More
Annual General Meeting and The Gepp Lecture
Wednesday 15th May 2019
Wednesday 15th May, 2019 at St. Peter-ad-Vincula, Church Green, Coggeshall, Essex CO6 1QF at 7pm for 7.15pm. Admission free - Members and non-members welcome. The seventh annual Gepp lecture, 'A Journey to and from the Eternal City', will be given by Brian Mooney, award-winning journalist and author. His passion has taken him along ancient pilgrim ways from Walsingham to Compostela. Most recently he walked from Coggeshall to Rome and back - the subject of his talk.
His talk will follow the AGM...Read More
Thursday 6th June 2019
By kind permission of Mr and Mrs James Bardrick we invite you to visit the spectacular gardens at Scrips, Cuthedge Lane, Coggeshall Hamlet, CO6 1RL on Thursday 6th June 2019 from 2pm – 4.30pm.
Scrips has a beautiful garden of well-established rooms, including an avenue of remembrance, formal plantings and borders, a woodland walk and vegetable garden, walled pool garden, pond and extensive lawns.
As you approach Coggeshall Hamlet from Kelvedon, pass The Halfway Pub and turn left into Scrips Road. Bear left...Read More