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Counting down to your next Ride+Stride adventureCounting down to your next Ride+Stride adventure

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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.

R+S 2016

The rain did not dampen the spirits of this team from St Barnabas’ church in Walthamstow.

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MBE for David Lodge, Grants Committee Chair, Friends of Essex Churches Trust

MBE for David Lodge

Congratulations to David Lodge, our Grants Committee Chair, on his appointment as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the New Year Honours List. This Honour has been awarded for Building Conservation.

David was born in Hastingwood near Harlow and has lived all his life in Essex.

Over 40 years ago he founded a building contractor's business which specialised in church repairs. By the time he retired the company had carried out work on 623 churches and cathedrals.

He became a member of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) and for nearly 30 years was a Trustee of the Society during which time he served as Vice-Chairman and then Chairman.

In 2002 when he was Chairman, SPAB celebrated its 125th anniversary and during that celebration his idea to have a National Maintenance Week was set in motion. This is now in its eleventh year. It culminates on the Friday of the week with National Gutters Day.

More recently he has chaired the Steering Committee of Faith in Maintenance, a scheme funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. This project produced a DVD on How to care for your church, in which he took an active part.

David retired in 2002 and was immediately approached to join the Grants Committee of the Friends of Essex Churches Trust (FECT). During the past seven years he has been Chair of the Grants Committee and he serves on the Executive Committee. In the last year he has been involved in setting up a Gutter Clearance Scheme for the Diocese of Chelmsford which is supported by FECT. Also since retirement he has been appointed as a specialist fabric adviser to the Chelmsford Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches.

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