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 Saturday 30th March, 2019 at 7pm. We do hope you can join us for this evening of beautiful sacred and secular music at Holy Trinity Church, Pleshey CM3 1HA. The heating will be on, we will be serving drinks and canapés, and very much look forward to seeing you and your friends.

    To purchase tickets at £15 each please send your cheque payable to FECEC to:

    Victoria Toler, Griffins, Church Street,...

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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

    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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