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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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Alphamstone church awarded grant for improvements

The ancient church of St Barnabas in Alphamstone (pictured) has been awarded a grant by the Friends of Essex Churches Trust to help keep it fit for the local community to use and enjoy for many years to come.

The £10,000 grant from the Friends will go towards a new heating system and flooring. It will also help to do up the interior walls.

The church has been Alphamstone’s pride and joy for centuries. It stands on a site where worship is thought to have been practised for longer than on any other site in Essex, a spot where an Anglo-Saxon Minster once stood. It now falls to today’s villagers and volunteers to keep the church in good shape.

Welcoming the grant, Mark Maley, the Friends of Alphamstone church treasurer, has said:

“We are only a community of 150 people but we have raised £46,000 by our own efforts.

“The grant from the Friends of Essex Churches Trust closes the gap on the £78,000 we need to raise and it encourages us to hope that we will reach our target. We are now only £22,000 short.

“Over recent years we have worked immensely hard to make our ancient church structurally sound. Our focus has now switched to the church interior. We want the church to be enjoyed by the community for many years to come.

“We are planning to make the church more accessible, comfortable and pleasant. We hope to put in a floor made of herringbone oak blocks that is all on one level.  We are aiming to install efficient heating and restore and redecorate the walls.”

This latest grant brings the total awarded by the Friends of Essex Churches Trust for church improvements, preservation and maintenance so far in 2017 to £165,350. 


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