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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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This autumn Essex historian Dr Christopher Starr will be giving a series of talks for the Friends of Essex Churches Trust in four favourite medieval churches in central Essex: St Mary & St Lawrence, Great Waltham; St Martin, Little Waltham; St John the Evangelist, Little Leighs; and St Mary, Great Leighs.

Our Autumn Study Day, which is open to everyone, will take place on Saturday 8 October. Light refreshments will be available. Please make your own arrangements for lunch.

More information about our Study Days and a booking form can be found here.

Alternatively please contact: Mrs Susan Clark-Starr, tel 01787 24212, mob 07956 463628, email:

Monument to Sir Anthony Everard (died 1614) and his wife Anne (died 1609), in St Mary & St Lawrence, Great Waltham, one of the churches to be visited by our Autumn Study Day on October 8. The monument was erected by Sir Anthony in 1611 and shows the two figures lying on shelves, Sir Anthony above and slightly behind his wife.


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