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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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St John the Baptist MaplesteadSt John the Baptist, Little Maplestead has been awarded a grant of £5,000 from the National Churches Trust for urgent repairs to gutters.

Welcoming the funding on behalf of The Friends of Essex Churches Trust, John Bloomfield said:

"This very special church dates from around 1335 and is one of only four round churches still in use in England. Restoration took place in the 1850s, but the original design and composition of the rotunda that forms the nave remains, as do many of the earlier fittings. The church is part of a group of four parishes in rural north Essex. The church and community actively fundraise but are still short of their target.?

The church was put forward for funding by the Friends of Essex Churches Trust.

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