Friends of Essex Churches Trust

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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.

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The rain did not dampen the spirits of this team from St Barnabas’ church in Walthamstow.

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Study Days

Our next Study Day will take place on Wednesday 3 May.

We will be visiting St Mary the Virgin, Stebbing, St Peter & St Paul, Bardfield, Saling, St Mary the Virgin, Little Sampford and St Michael, Great Sampford.

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The aim of the Study Days is to fulfil the educational role of the Friends of Essex Churches Trust, to provide access to church buildings that might not normally be open, to introduce people to unexpected delights that might otherwise be overlooked, and along the way to enjoy exploring Essex and East London and, weather permitting, have a picnic. It is also often an opportunity to visit churches that have been repaired with the help of a grant from the Friends. Study Days are open to all, Friends and friends alike; a small charge may be made or a donation may be requested, with the proceeds helping the Friends to continue their work of helping to preserve and maintain our churches and chapels.

The Friends hold two Study Days each year, usually on the first Wednesday in May and the first Saturday in October, when we visit five or six churches or chapels somewhere in Essex.

Study Day visit to Theydon Mount, St Michael
Study Day visit to
Theydon Mount, St Michael

The Study Days were started by Canon John Fitch in 1989, and since then we have visited over 170 churches and chapels of all denominations in all corners of Essex and East London from Clavering to Prittlewell and from West Ham to Harwich. They are now led by Dr Christopher Starr.



For further information, please contact:

Mrs Susan Clark-Starr 01787 242121