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.
Stained glass depicting the arms of
William Swaine Chisenhale-Marsh,
Theydon Garnon, All Saints.
He was High Sheriff of Essex in 1892.
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:
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!
FRIENDS OF ESSEX CHURCHES TRUST
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), Jeremy Beale (Vice-Chairman), Harry Marsh (Hon. Treasurer), Martin Stuchfield (Hon. Secretary), Jill Cole, Keith Gardner, Rachel Grainger, David Lodge, Sandra Markham, Ralph Meloy, John Pickthorn, Christopher Starr.