Michelle was joined by one of the Friends of All Saints Church, Astrid. Astrid explained that the much loved Tudor church of All Saints East Horndon was sadly used for an illegal rave on New Year‘s Eve. Essex Police made arrests and seized equipment, but now a massive clean up is required after hundreds of revellers trashed the place and caused damage to the building. There has been overwhelming support for the church with the 1k fundraising target hit within an hour and now standing at 19.5k! The story has now gone international with Astrid appearing on Japanese television and countless radio stations across the UK.
ABOUT THE CHURCH
The Friends of All Saints care for this lovely Tudor church in a prominent position at the A128 / A127 junction – near the Halfway House restaurant, and is owned and maintained by the Churches Conservation Trust, with the Friends organising open days etc.
Although retired from active Church of England service since 1970, and having suffered at the hands of thieves and vandals, All Saints is a much loved and much cared for church. In it’s prominent position, overlooking the A127 by the Halfway House public house, it commands compelling views across the Thames Gateway.
In its redundancy years, the church has frequently been used for many musical events, due to it’s outstanding acoustics, and for open days and tea parties.