Friends of Essex Churches Trust

Supporting Christian Churches & Chapels in Essex & East London

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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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Stained glass depicting the arms of William Swaine Chisenhale-Marsh, Theydon Garnon, All Saints. He was High Sheriff of Essex in 1892.
Stained glass depicting the arms of
William Swaine Chisenhale-Marsh,
Theydon Garnon, All Saints.
He was High Sheriff of Essex in 1892.
The Friends of Essex Churches Trust is a registered charity set up in 1951. It raises money for grants to repair and restore Christian churches and chapels in Essex (including the unitary authorities of Southend and Thurrock) and the five London boroughs formerly part of the county: Barking & Dagenham, Havering, Newham, Redbridge, and Waltham Forest. We are non-denominational.

Money for grants is raised by donations, legacies and fund-raising events such as parties, visits, lectures and the annual Ride+Stride, which takes place on the second Saturday every September. All our staff are volunteers, so that every penny raised is handed on to places of worship which need our help.

We have three main objectives:

  • To appeal to all members of the county and the five East London boroughs.
  • To assist in the maintenance of the fabric of our Christian churches and chapels.
  • To stimulate interest in the history of our religious buildings.

We gave St Christopher's Willingdale £21,000 towards a new roof. 

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RIDE+STRIDE 2016: SongCycle, the male voice quartet, were sponsored to sing all 150 Psalms for our 2016 Ride+Stride. They achieved their target, and raised more than £4,200 along the way. Watch their 'Psalmathon' video here... Thank you, SongCycle, for your amazing support!


Patrons: The Bishop of Brentwood, the Bishop of Chelmsford, H.M. Lord Lieutenant for Essex.

President: Rt Revd Thomas McMahon.

Executive Council and Trustees: Jeremy Beale (Chairman), Martin Stuchfield (Vice-Chairman & Hon. Secretary), Harry Marsh (Hon. Treasurer), Jill Cole, Keith Gardner, Rachel Grainger, David Lodge, Patrick McEune, Ralph Meloy, John Pickthorn, Christopher Starr. 

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