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


  • Garden Open

    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...

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  • Antiques Valuation Evening

    Thursday 4th July 2019

    An opportunity to value your objects d'art and precious heirlooms!

    Come to a summer's evening with Bunny Campione, English antiques specialist well known to many from her appearances on the long-running BBC's Antiques Roadshow. Sworders, Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers will also be in attendance, to cover all your antique needs.

    Thursday 4th July, 5-9pm, at The Old Vicarage, Great Totham.

    Superior drinks and canapes provided. Please download application form (below)

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  • Ride & Stride 2018

    Saturday 14th September 2019

    To raise funds for the Trust and participating churches.

    Find out more on our ride and stride event page

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