Sir Simon Jenkins
hosted a reception at St Mary Magdalene’s on 26th June, marking the imminent start of building work on the Project, and celebrating successful fundraising to get us this far.

We were delighted to be able to thank some of those who have funded us already and to introduce some new friends to ways in which they can support the Project as we go forward. Sir Simon Jenkins, in his speech, said that St Mary Mags was showing the way in empowering the community to share responsibility for the parish church, which is the community’s building.

Choral Mass

Choral Mass to celebrate the
150th Anniversary of the start of construction of the church.
Sunday 18th June at 11am
Preacher: Fr Nevsky Everett, Chaplain of Keble College, Oxford.
Music: Palestrina, “Missa Aeterna Christi Munera”, “Sicut Cervus”.
Party afterwards. All welcome.

Animals in the Light, Art Exhibition

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ANIMALS IN THE LIGHT, Curated by Rickshaw House Gallery.

A multi-dimensional cross-section of different forms of art, illuminated by coloured rays in a dark crypt. Private View 18th June 2017 at 6:30pm. The creative mission of Rickshaw House Gallery is to present art in new, uncharted forms. This exhibition seeks to celebrate our relationship with animals.

Animals have accompanied humans since time began, and their relationship with us has changed over the years. In Greek and Roman mythology, there are many stories about animals. Let’s remember the legend of Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, brothers fed by a mother wolf. There is also a legend about goose, which saved Rome from attack.

The Bible also contains stories about animals. Prophet Jonah found himself in the belly of a whale, and Daniel hid in a lion cave and left safely. Noah built The Ark in order to save animals from a flood. Currently, domesticated animals are the closest to humans. They’re our friends and often even our carers, for those who are older or disabled. Many of them also have therapeutic skills.

Animals can also be a topic or motif in art. An artist can show how animals look in real life but primarily how they imagine them. Artist create a world of imagination, their own fantasies, and different creatures may live there.

Due to the upcoming renovation of St Mary Magdalene’s Church in Paddington, this event is the last chance to see such a unique exhibition in this beautiful venue. FREE ENTRY


Joanna Sperryn-Jones uses a variety of materials to make installations, in which she seeks to contribute to the perception and experience of breaking. In this exhibition she brings delicate origami flowers to be brought out by the light

Walera Martynchik calls his works –Reconstructions. The titles say for themselves-‘Reconstruction of Heaven’ Reconstruction of Baroque’ Reconstruction of History’. Works presented on this exhibition can be described as “Reconstruction of Myths”

Sergiusz Paplinski The combination of imaginative colouring with the prismatic assemblage produces highly original, dynamic and decorative effects. He has named this ‘PrismaticStyle’

Gail Olding Flunkus Mortati series. These images of stuffed birds and beasts in the forest are named Flunkus Mortati, meaning ‘playing dead’ They live now within the image.

 Olga Sienko uses a full palette of colours to portray nature in a non-natural, but more optimistic manner.

 Henryk Terpilowski uses crumpled paper, spray paint and light to create randomly organic sculptures and compositions, which in this exhibition have further evolved into strangely ethereal life forms.

 Jolanta Jagiello uses a number of metalwork techniques in her work: welding, brazing, plasma-cutting, gas oxy-acetylene cutting, and grinding.

 Elzbieta Chojak Mysko Multidisciplinary artist with knowledge of stage design, sculpture and painting, which allows her to express emotions in shape, colour and form. Her paintings go beyond the borders.

 Nikolay Nedev uses mainly metals like bronze, cooper, steel. Often he likes to work with recycled materials like car parts and matrasses springs. He is expressing his ideas through sculpture, optic art and installations

 Delfin Ortizmain interest is installation and sculpture, focusing on the qualities of light, space, reflection and repetition. He creates, through construction and deconstruction of geometric shapes, the illusion of a three-dimensional figure

 Tomek Mysko He portrays a stream of consciousness through mechanics and physical phenomenon. Exhibiting new animal Multitrumpetus Disciplinaris.

Caroline Hands is a full time visual artist who works in painting, drawing, textile, batiks, felt making, copper and enamel, mosaic, 3D, photography, book illustration and many other mediums.

 Kevin Keating The Popcorn Christ is a modern rendition of a spiritual icon using innovative materials and a expressionist form. In order to further the debate on religion and its relationship with contemporary art. I do not believe that every picture has been Painter or that every story has been told.

Maria Kaleta Her recent art works are inspired by “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” book written by Richard Bach.Free flying with eagles is a dream hidden deep in everyone’s mind.I admire just watching the birds and catching glimpses of theirsmagnificent skills.

Roslaw Szaybo is a graphic designer, illustrator and photographer. He design posters, book covers and albums. He also does satirical drawings.



Do you want to be a Heritage Pioneer?


Be part of Paddington’s Living Heritage at St Mary Magdalene’s.

Do you enjoy talking to people and hearing their stories? Do you think you could help make community history lively and engaging for visitors?
We are looking for a team of volunteers to help with research and interviewing local people to bring the history of Paddington and St Mary Magdalene’s Church to life.

As a Heritage Pioneer you will:

  • Work as part of a team, and independently, to research the history of the Paddington area, its people, and the church.
  • Learn oral history skills and collect interviews, including recording, documenting and editing.
  • Work alongside the project team and other volunteers to turn research findings into appealing content for themed exhibitions.
  • Receive travel and subsistence for research visits to London Metropolitan Archives.
  • Benefit from training and development opportunities to support you in carrying out the role.
  • Be an ambassador for the Paddington’s Living Heritage at St Mary Magdalene’s Project.
    This will suit people who …

    Have an interest in community history, the history of the church and the heritage of Paddington, and who think they would enjoy using archives for research. Or those with an interest in talking to a diverse range of people about their experiences and collecting their oral histories. Those who would like to learn more about sharing knowledge with visitors in a lively way both online and through exhibitions.

    Time commitment: will vary to suit volunteer needs. Anticipate a minimum of a day commitment per month, but this is flexible to fit in with your schedule. Additional time will be required for training.

    Minimum 4 hour session.

    To find out more and register interest email, ring or text

    Lucy Foster at Paddington Development Trust:

    lucy@pdt.org.uk | 020 3735 5175 | 07775 901963

    You can download the PDF poster here Heritage-Pioneer

    TEA AND TALK EVENT – St. Mary Mags Project Find out more about our volunteering opportunities! 14th July 2017, 3-5pm

Conservation Volunteering @ St Mary Mags

Currently on the ‘Buildings at risk’ register, St Mary Magdalene is a beautiful Grade 1 listed church widely recognised as George Edmund Street’s masterpiece in London. A Heritage Lottery Fund grant will now ensure that it can be enjoyed by future generations. Once this work is done the church will also serve as a bustling community and heritage space, but this will not be possible without a team of volunteers to assist the conservators with their work.
As part of the Conservation Volunteer team you will:

  • Work as part of a group of volunteers to share a sense of achievement as you bring back to life this extraordinary historic building.
  • Be amongst the first to re-discover its original vibrant colours and fine craftsmanship.
  • Explore a range of conservation tasks, including the opportunity to work on the painted ceiling.
  • Receive training in conservation principles and techniques.
  • Learn about careers in conservation, and the wider heritage and cultural sectors, while also gaining skills and experience transferable to other future employment.

This will suit people who…

  • Like working as part of a team, but also thrive when working independently.
  • Those who love the challenge of learning new skills and contributing something to their community!
  • Plus those with an interest in historic buildings and their care, or those interested in pursuing a career in conservation. All training is given – no prior experience is necessary.

Time commitment: will vary to suit volunteer needs.

Minimum 4 hour session.

To find out more and register interest email, ring or text Lucy Foster at Paddington Development Trust: lucy@pdt.org.uk | 020 3735 5175 | 07775 901963

You can download the PDF poster here Volunteering-Conservation

TEA AND TALK EVENT – St. Mary Mags Project Find out more about our volunteering opportunities! 14th July 2017, 3-5pm

TEA AND TALK EVENT – St. Mary Mags Project

TEA AND TALK EVENT – St. Mary Mags Project

Find out more about our volunteering opportunities!

14th July 2017, 3-5pm

At St Mary Magdalene’s, Rowington Close, W2 5TF

From September 2017 we will be looking for the following volunteers:

Conservation volunteers: A rare opportunity to volunteer alongside conservators to restore St Mary Magdalene’s, a beautiful Grade 1 listed church!

Heritage Pioneers: Learn research and oral history skills to bring the history and heritage of Paddington to life as a Heritage Pioneer!

The afternoon will include: 

  • A talk from the Conservation Architect
  • London Metropolitan Archives reveal some North Paddington historical secrets
  • Try a hands-on conservation activity
  • Find out more about what makes a brilliant oral historian
  • PDT Employment Advisor on hand to advise on volunteering to get back to work
  • Tea and cake!

If you think one of our volunteering roles could be for you come along to find out more. Plus tea and delicious cakes!
Download the PDF event poster here Tea and Talk Event PDT

More info and to reserve a place: lucy@pdt.org.uk – 020 3735 5175 – 07775 901 963