There are 3 photo albums.
Ride and Stride 2009 (9 photos)
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 and the five London boroughs formerly part of the county: Barking & Dagenham, Havering, Newham, Redbridge and Waltham Forest. The organisation is non-denominational.
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 staff are volunteers, so that every penny raised is handed on to places of worship which need help.
Most people taking part in the annual Ride and Stride sponsorship event raise money by either cycling or walking to as many participating churches as possible. Some choose a different mode of transport. For the past few years Dave Wright from Hedingham Baptist Church has driven to churches on a carriage drawn by his pony Pebbles. Together they managed to visit ten churches and cover a distance of around 28 miles. This year Derek Barton, also from Hedingham Baptist Church, performed sterling work as groom and back stepper. Church members Lynn Wright and Dawn Beadle acted as support crew.
Selection of Craft Products (6 photos)
These bags have been mostly made from vintage hemp, linen, and cotton fibres grown and woven in Romanian homes during the Communist Period. Margaret buys the material and gives it to women in the Gypsy village on the edge of Tileagd and they embroider it or sew on button patterns. It is an opportunity for the women to show that they do have skills and they are then able to make choices in their lives.
All the bags are lined and the larger ones have inside pockets. Some of the larger bags have a gusset at the bottom and /or at the sides and some have a tag and large button closure. Bags can be made to individual specifications as well as other special orders.
All of the designs on bags also exist as cushion covers. These have button closures and are about 46 cm square.
If you live locally and would like to purchase any of the craft goods made by the gypsy women of Tileagd please contact Carole Rainbird on Hedingham 460265
Tileagd Craft Project (6 photos)
Margaret Biddulph, one of our church members is currently working with the Smiles Foundation in Romania as part of the Tileagd Craft Project.
One of the reasons for Margaret to be working in Romania is to raise self - respect so that the Gypsy women of Tileagd can stop being ashamed of whom they are.
The craft project enables the women of the gypsy village to earn some money that they can call their own.
Here are some pictures from Romania showing Margaret and some of her friends.