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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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FECT pitches in give church a new roof

FECT pitches in give church a new roof

The Friends of Essex Churches Trust has given £8,000 to a major roof repair project under way at St John the Baptist Church in Mount Bures.

Water was leaking onto the organ as its roof had got into such a sorry state.

But thanks to church fundraising and donations, the £50,000 project is finally under way.

It looks set to last 12 weeks.

As well as the roof, work to seal the corner joints on the building’s outside walls will take place.

Andrew Colchester, a member of the Parochial Church Council and a former church warden, said: “The cost was beyond us until recently.

Time was going by and water was coming in, but we managed to get a grant from two sources.

“The Essex Environment Trust gave £15,000 and The Friends of Essex Churches Trust gave £8,000.

“These two offers, taken with fundraising we have been doing on behalf of the church, meant we were in a position to proceed.

“At long last we have got the funds in place and the builder is able to start work.”

This report and picture are reproduced by kind permission of The Daily Gazette.

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