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Thanking everyone for their amazing support for Ride+Stride 2016, John Pickthorn, our Ride+Stride organiser, said: “Whether you cycled, walked, sponsored someone, or opened your church and provided welcome refreshments, you have been amazing. Thank you for all your hard work. You have helped to save beautiful and historic churches for everyone to enjoy.” Stay tuned for news of our next Ride+Stride on Saturday 9 September 2017.

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The rain did not dampen the spirits of this team from St Barnabas’ church in Walthamstow.

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A £5,000 grant for the church in Great Bromley.

A grant of £5,000 from the Friends of Essex Churches Trust has enabled repair and re-plastering work to get under way at the magnificent St George’s church in Great Bromley.

The internal wall of the south aisle has suffered from damp for many years. Unfortunately twentieth century repairs in non-traditional materials have eroded the stonework and damaged large areas of plaster.

In 2013 damaged plaster from the internal wall was stripped back and the external drainage was improved.

Now the internal wall is being repaired and replastered with the help of our grant. We are grateful to our supporters for making these grants possible.

Slide Show (Images courtesy of Gregory Frostick)

  1. Exterior
  2. General view of the wall showing the ironstone rubble being covered with the new plaster. This layer is mixed with hair in the traditional way and brings the wall to a new level surface. When that has dried after a few days a final layer of traditional plaster will be applied.
  3. a) Window reveal shows stage One of repair - consolidation of the wall and infilling with first plaster layer.
  4. Window reveal at stage Two, with 3 new stones in Richmont limestone in position and the first overall coat of plaster.
  5. Medieval corbel figure found during repairs to the south wall. It still has the original colour.

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