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


  • Horkesley Hall Garden Open

    Tuesday 14th July 2020

    We are so happy to announce that we are able to proceed with our Garden Open this year on the 14th July at Horkesley Hall, by kind permission of Mr and Mrs J Eddis. Come to enjoy afternoon tea and to...

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  • Ride & Stride 2020

    Saturday 12th September 2020

    Raising funds for the Trust and participating churches, as well as encouraging the visiting of the many wonderful Essex churches.

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  • Gift Fair

    Wednesday 14th October 2020

    Hylands House, Wednesday 14th October 2020, 10am to 3pm.

    Coffee/lunch available to encourage your shopping. Further details to follow.

    Stall holders - please see application form.

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