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


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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All Saints Great Braxted

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Saturday 25th February

An evening of art and music
Evening sale of art, musical interlude (voice and piano) and drinks reception at Layer Marney Tower. Download booking form

Wednesday 3rd May

Spring Study Day
Visits to churches in north-west Essex. Details will be announced later, and booking forms will be sent to members in March. Click here for more about Study Days.

Wednesday 17th May

AGM and 2017 Gepp Lecture
Our speaker in 2017 will be Dr John Goodall, architectural editor of Country Life and author of Parish Church Treasures. St Mary's Church, Saffron Walden 8.15 pm, following the Annual General Meeting at 7.15 and refreshments from 7.45. Open to members and non-members; admission free. Please email to be sent further information; it would help us to know if you are planning to attend.

Wednesday 7th June

Invitation to the Garden at Peacocks, Margaretting, from 2.00 pm - 4.30 pm
By kind permission of Mr and Mrs Phil Torr, an exclusive visit to the spectacular garden at Peacocks, Margaretting CM4 9HY. This is a varied five-acre garden with mature native and specimen trees surrounding a Regency house. Modern sculptures and topiary create a wonderful blend of formal and informal spaces. The walled garden, long herbaceous/mixed border, vegetable garden, lily lake, woodland walk, orchard, traditionally managed wildflower meadow and sunken dell provide many elegant and charming views. Mr Torr has kindly offered to lead garden tours at 2.15 pm and 3.30 pm. Tea and homemade cakes. Mainly accessible to wheelchairs, with grass paths and some steps. Access to lavatory facilities limited. Tickets must be applied for in advance. Tickets £13.50 (including 25% donation from ticket sales to St Francis Hospice) from Clare Ford, Elms Farm, Elm Lane, Roxwell, Essex CM1 4NJ. Cheques payable to FECEC please. Tel 01245 249370/ 07526 520383. Email Payment by BACS is possible - please email to arrange this.

Saturday 7th October

Autumn Study Day
We will be visiting four interesting medieval churches, each one in an attractive rural setting. Led by Dr Christopher Starr the Study Day will visit Fobbing, Corringham, Horndon-on-the-Hill and North Ockendon. The cost will be £7 for members and £10 for non-members. All are welcome. More information from Mrs S. Clark-Starr, Tel: 01787 242121, Mob: 07956 463628, Email: