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


  • The Fair

    Thursday 10th October 2019

    Hyland's House is once again the venue for our much acclaimed annual fair. Following the success of the new format in 2018 we are hoping to attract even more satisfied shoppers on Thursday 10th October. Full details to follow.

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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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  • Spring Study Day

    Wednesday 8th May 2019

    Our next study day, led by Dr Christopher Starr, will be held on Wednesday 8th May. Further details to be announced in due course.

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