Friends of Essex Churches Trust

Supporting Christian Churches & Chapels in Essex & East London

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Welcome to the website of the Friends of Essex Churches Trust

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

FRIENDS OF ESSEX CHURCHES TRUST 2015-16
Patrons: The Bishop of Brentwood, the Bishop of Chelmsford, H.M. Lord Lieutenant for Essex
President: Peter Martin

Executive Council and Trustees: James Bettley (Chairman), Christopher Starr (Vice-Chairman), Harry Marsh (Hon. Treasurer), Martin Stuchfield (Hon. Secretary), Jeremy Beale, Jill Cole, Keith Gardner, Catharine Hutley, David Lodge, Sandra Markham, Ralph Meloy, John Pickthorn

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.