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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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Come to Hylands House on October 16 and get your Christmas shopping done early!

The High Sheriff of Essex Mrs Julia Abel Smith will open our popular Christmas Gift Fair on Wednesday October 16.

The Fair will offer opportunities for early Christmas shopping in the elegant surroundings of Hylands House.

The organiser Catharine Hutley from Hartford End has said:

"Get your Christmas shopping done early under one roof - come to Hylands House on Wednesday October 16 and help the Friends of Essex Churches Trust preserve our beautiful churches for future generations!"

Opening times 10.00 am - 3.00 pm. Wine and light lunches will be available. Entrance £5 (includes coffee and biscuits) or £2.50 after 1.30pm. Free parking.

The 2013 Christmas card from the Friends of Essex Churches Trust goes on sale at the Fair.

Please click on the card image to view the content.

2013 Christmas Card


Packs of ten can also be ordered at £4.50 per pack plus P&P from Catharine Hutley, tel 01371 820344.

The venue Hylands House, Chelmsford CM2 8WQ is just off the A414.


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