Tribute to John Julius, Lord Norwich

We are very sad to hear of the death on 1 June of our patron John Julius, Lord Norwich.

Lord Norwich liked to tell the story of first visiting St Mary Magdalene’s Church with the poet Sir John Betjeman in the 1950s, a time when Victorian architecture was under grave threat. Betjeman opined that the church was “a corker”, the architect George Edmund Street at his very best, and must be protected. Lord Norwich duly took up the baton from Sir John. Years later when the St Mary Magdalene appeal was launched to fund the conservation and redevelopment of the church, it was fitting that he became patron.  We were hugely honoured to have his support, not least considering his reputation and achievements in the cause of cultural heritage on a much larger European and world stage.
He gave important help to St Mary Magdalene’s at a critical juncture. In 2016 a £3.6m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund hung in the balance, with a deadline looming to show that we could raise enough match funding towards our building works. Lord Norwich led the charge that, in the nick of time, got us over the line, working actively and assiduously to bring in all-important grants and pledges that secured the church’s future. Whatever he promised to John Betjeman, he delivered on his word. We could not thank him enough.
Lord Norwich led a full life, and achieved many things. He was an immensely likable man of warmth and friendliness. It was a privilege to have him with us, and he will be missed and remembered at St Mary Magdalene’s.

Lord Norwich

Lord Norwich (centre) at the St Mary Magdalene Church ground-breaking ceremony in November 2017.

All Churches New Website

All Churches new website features St Mary Magdalene’s in Paddington

On a cold day in December 2017, Allchurches Trust attended a ground-breaking ceremony that had been 10 years in the planning. St Mary Magdalene’s Church on the edge of the canal at Paddington, between Little Venice on one side and the Warwick Estate on the other and not far from Grenfell Tower, is finally undergoing a major restoration.

Please visit the new All Churches new website to read more and look at the amazing images of St. Mary Magdalene’s Church


Easter Holy Week 2018 

St.Mary Magdalene & St.Peter’s, Paddington



Sunday 25th March: Palm Sunday

10.30am Blessing of Palms at St.Mary Mags         and Procession to Eucharist at St.Peter’s.

Monday 26th          7.30pm Stations of the Cross, St.Mary Mags.

Tuesday 27th          10am Eucharist, St.Peter’s.

5.30pm Evening Prayer, St.Mary Mags.

Wednesday 28th    7.30pm Eucharist, St.Peter’s.

Thursday 29th   Maundy Thursday

7.30pm Eucharist of the Lord’s Supper, St.Peter’s.

Friday 30th   Good Friday

11am An Hour at the Cross, St.Peter’s.

12.15pm Ecumenical Service, Maida Hill Market.

2pm Liturgy of the Passion, St.Mary Mags.

Sunday 1st April Easter Day

9.30am Solemn Mass of Easter, St.Mary Mags.

11am Eucharist of Easter Day, St.Peter’s.

Confessions by appointment.

Fr.Henry Everett, Vicar. 020 72691818

Christmas Services 2017


The United Benefice of St. Mary Magdalene and St. Peter, Paddington


Feast of Carols-Christmas Carol
Service by Candlelight

Sunday 17th December 2017, 6pm at St Peter’s

Crib Service and Christingle

Friday 22nd December 2017, 5pm at St Peter’s

The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Midnight Mass

Sunday 24th December 2017, 11pm at St Peter’s

Christmas Eucharist

Monday 25th December 2017, 11am at St Peter’s

First Sunday of Christmas

Sunday 31st December 2017

9:30am at St Mary Magdalene

11am at St Peter’s

Epiphany-The Journey of the Magi

Sunday 7th January 2018

10:30am at St Mary Magdalene with a procession to St Peter’s

St Mary Magdalene Church, Rowington Close, W2 5TF

St Peter’s Church, ElginAvenue, W9 2DB

Vicar: Fr. Henry Everett




St. Mary Magdalene’s Community Open Day


Saturday 11th November, 2-5pm
At St. Mary Magdalene’s School hall, Rowington Close, W2 5TF

Join us for a fun-filled and FREE afternoon for all the family including:
– Make your own tile to go in the new building
– Fun family learning activity from Westminster Adult Education Service
– Take part in creating a large building out of cardboard boxes and more
– Take a tour up the scaffold inside the church and be one of the first to see the amazing stained glass windows up close. Three tours of 20 people will run during the event, so arrive early and sign up to avoid disappointment.
– Meet the architect and project team
– Cake, hot drinks and juice

All activities, food and drink are FREE

For more info contact Lucy on and 07775 901963 or just come along on the day.

Everyone is very welcome

24th September 2017. After the 11am Eucharist at St Peter’s, the Women’s Social Group will be celebrating their third anniversary with entertainment, a raffle, and lunch. So please stay on for lunch, and make sure you have bought raffle tickets.

1st October 2017 at 11am at St Peter’s. We shall be saying farewell to Fr Reji Raj-Singh, and thanking him for his ministry in the Benefice. We have a joint service for the anniversary of the Dedication of St Peter’s, and so there will be NO MASS AT ST.MARY MAGS. There will be a party after the service.


Our solemn orchestral Mass for All Souls’ Day will be at 7.30pm on Thursday 2nd November, as usual. This year, because of the conservation work in the church, it will be held at HOLY TRINITY, PRINCE CONSORT ROAD, SW7 2BA. Holy Trinity is just behind the Albert Hall, very near Imperial College. Please be aware that parking nearby is very limited.

Community Projects @ St. Mary Mags

Community Projects

During the period that St. Mary Mags is closed for the conservation and building works, we will be busy running a number of exciting projects working with the community. Many of these projects will include participants creating tiles, textiles, film, audio and artworks that will become permanent features of the new building.

For further information or to register interest in taking part contact Lucy Foster on or 020 3735 5175.

Tile Project

A 6-week project for those living locally to St. Mary Mag’s Church to work with artist Linda Florence to create their own beautiful tiles for the new building. See your work up on the walls once St. Mary Mag’s re-opens in Summer 2018.  TILE FLYER PDF TO DOWNLOAD 

All will be welcome to an Open Day at the church on 4th November, where there will be the chance to make your own tile.

Area Change Mapping Project

Maria Amidu will work with a group of Year 8 students at Westminster Academy to research the physical changes in the local area over the past 200 years. The class will then explore how this change can be represented in map form. The final design will be manufactured for permanent display in the foyer of the new building.

Oral History Project

An Oral Historian will work with a team of volunteers to interview a diverse range of people representing Paddington’s Living Heritage. These interviews will form the first ever archive of oral histories documenting life in North Paddington.

Textile Project

A group of local women will work with an experienced textile artist to explore different techniques, traditional and contemporary. As part of the project they will produce new textiles for both the church and new building. A partnership with Westminster Adult Education Service.

Film Project with Young People

A group of young people, working with a film maker, will explore historical archive footage and photography of the area and, inspired by this research, create their own films and photographs.

St. Mary Mags School Projects

During the works period we will be working with St. Mary Mag’s School on a number of projects, including tile making, a performance inspired by local oral histories, and a student design group and architecture challenge.


St. Mary Mags will be closed for a year for building works, however there are still plenty of opportunities to get involved! During Summer 2017 we will be building a team of volunteers to support with both the Conservation work inside the church, and our research and oral history project.

Please have a look at the roles below – we think they offer pretty unique opportunities to play a part in uncovering our heritage, gain new skills, meet new people, and be part of putting this amazing building back at the heart of the community!

For more information or a chat get in touch with Lucy Foster on or 020 3735 5175.


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.



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 Project.

This role 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.



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.