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


  • Camerata at Holy Trinity Church, Pleshey

    Saturday 30th March 2019

    Camerata, the renowned a cappella voices, will be providing a musical delight in this beautiful parish church on the evening of Saturday 30th March, 2019. Further details and booking arrangements to follow soon. 

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  • 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. Full details will be announced in due course.

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  • Garden Open

    Thursday 6th June 2019

    The much admired garden at Scripps, Coggeshall Hamlet will be opened provisionally on 6 June for us to enjoy. Confirmation of date and further details soon.

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