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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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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

Garden visit
By kind permission of Mr Phil Torr, an exclusive visit to Peacocks, Margaretting CM4 9HY, a five-acre garden with mature native and specimen trees surrounding a Regency house. Details will be announced nearer the time; tickets must be purchased in advance.