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


  • Galliard Trio at All Saints, Rettendon

    Saturday 17th March 2018

    The renowned Galliard Trio will be playing musical delights at All Saint Church, Rettendon.

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  • Spring Study Day

    Wednesday 9th May 2018

    Visits to the churches at Barnston, Good and High Easter and Great Canfield.

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  • Ride & Stride 2018

    Saturday 8th September 2018

    To raise funds for the Trust and participating churches.

    Find out more on our ride and stride event page

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