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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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Dr Simon HefferSimon Heffer calls for church buildings to be nationalised

The first Annual Gepp Lecture has been given by author and journalist, Dr Simon Heffer.

The Gepp Lecture is named in honour of Major Tom Gepp, Chairman of the Friends of Essex Churches Trust 1989-95, who died in 2011.

Speaking at All Saints' Church in Writtle on 16 May 2013 Dr Heffer called for church buildings to be nationalised.

"These buildings are one of the great features not just of our landscape and of our life, but of our culture as a people and as a nation," he said. "Is any responsible government, in this day and age, really going to stand by and watch these great buildings fall into ruin?"

Simon Heffer's talk followed the Trust's AGM, and the event was generously sponsored by Gepp & Sons Solicitors, Chelmsford.

Click on the right hand image to read the lecture contents on-line. You can also download the lecture as a PDF document by clicking here.



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