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


  • Autumn Study Day

    Saturday 5th October 2019

    Our next Study Day will be held on Saturday, 5th October 2019 when Essex historian, Dr David Andrews will be giving talks in four of our favourite medieval churches:

    • St Andrew’s, Hempstead, CB10 2PB (pictured)  
    • St Mary the Virgin, Great Bardfield, CM7 4RN
    • St John the Baptist, Finchingfield, CM7 4NW
    • St Katharine, Little Bardfield, CM7 4TZ

    The day starts at 10.00a.m. at Hempstead. If you would like to join us please contact Martin Stuchfield at


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  • 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. For full details see below.

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