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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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Our Christmas 2015 card (pictured) goes on sale at our sumptuous Christmas Fair on Thursday October 15 in magnificent Hylands House in Chelmsford.

Do visit our wide range of stalls from 10.00 am - 3.00 pm. Refreshments will be available. The postcode for Hylands House is CM2 8QW

Our Christmas cards can also be ordered by post. The order form can be downloaded here.

The Adoration of the Magi The Adoration of the Magi – detail of the reredos in Waltham Abbey Church, 1876. The Friends of Essex Churches Trust Christmas card 2015.


In the latest rounds of grants awarded by the Trust some £68,000 has been shared between eight churches.

Grants totalling £30,000 have been awarded for lavatories and a kitchen or servery. The eight churches are:

  • Stisted All Saints
  • Great Clacton St John
  • Latton St Mary
  • Stanford Rivers St Margaret
  • East Tilbury St Catherine
  • Bradfield St Lawrence
  • Layer de la Haye St John Baptist
  • Wormingford St Andrew

The Chairman of the Friends of Essex Churches Trust, James Bettley said:

“Helping parishes to keep their churches in good repair remains our priority, and making church buildings more user-friendly for a range of community activities is one way of doing this. I am delighted that we have been able to make major grants to Layer de la Haye and Wormingford under our new policy of giving grants for improvements as well as repairs, as this will encourage wider use of these fine buildings.”




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