Friends of Essex Churches Trust

Supporting Christian Churches & Chapels in Essex & East London

Latest News

Start your Christmas shopping with us this Thursday!Start your Christmas shopping with us this Thursday!

Events

Events List

more..

Featured Church

All Saints Great Braxted

All Saints Great Braxted
more..

Grants

Monument to Sir Thomas Smith + 1668, Theydon Mount, St Michael
Monument to Sir Thomas Smith + 1668,
Theydon Mount, St Michael

When the Trust was founded in 1951, one of its aims was to assist in the maintenance of the fabric of our churches and chapels.  In the immediate post-war years there was a huge backlog of repairs resulting from the general neglect of buildings during the war years, as well as a significant amount of bomb damage. The minutes of the September 1952 meeting tell us that after a lively discussion it was agreed that small grants should be made as soon as possible, four of £25.  At the next meeting six churches were selected for a £25 grant:

  • High Laver, All Saints
  • Chadwell, St Mary
  • Middleton, All Saints
  • Hempstead, St Andrew
  • Strethall, St Mary the Virgin
  • Stebbing, St Mary the Virgin

Most grants are now in the range of £1,000 to £10,000. Annual lists of grants offered since 2006 can be found on this website, and are also included in our annual report.

Monument to Sir Thomas Smith + 1577, Theydon Mount, St Michael, attributed to Giles de Witte.  Sir Thomas was the builder of Hill Hall, Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University, Provost of Eton College, and French Ambassador
Monument to Sir Thomas Smith + 1577,
Theydon Mount, St Michael,
attributed to Giles de Witte. 
Sir Thomas was the builder of Hill Hall,
Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University,
Provost of Eton College,
and French Ambassador

In 2014 the Trust decided that, with effect from January 2015, grants should be made for improvements as well as repairs, although repairs remain our priority.

For more information, please go to the grant application page, or contact the Secretary of the Grants Committee:
John Bloomfield, 39 Lake Rise, Romford RM1 4DZ
01708 745273
john.bloomfield@btinternet.com