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.

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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

 

St Mary Magdaline on shortlist to receive heritage grant

Paddington church represents London on shortlist to receive heritage grant

st_marymags_webA historic church in Paddington has become the only church in London to be shortlisted for a new £10,000 grant from the National Churches Trust.

The Grade I listed St Mary Magdalene’s Church in Paddington is the only church in the capital, and one of only five nationwide, to be shortlisted to receive the Friends Grant. The purpose of the grant is to provide additional support for churches which have previously received funding from the NCT, and are carrying out extensive restoration and expansion work.

St Mary Magdalene’s was previously awarded a £40,000 grant from the NCT, to help fund a project for the restoration of the historic fabric of the building, cleaning and restoring the stunning interior. This is part of a wider project backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund that includes the construction of a new annex to provide new facilities and meeting rooms, allowing St Mary Magdalene’s to increase its provision in the local community.

The contenders shortlisted for the Friends Grant include churches based in Derby, Wirral, Paisley and Gloucester, with only St Mary Magdalene’s representing London. The recipient of the grant will be chosen by the Friends of the National Churches Trust, with the winner being announced on 3 July.

Fr Henry Everett, Priest at St Mary Magdalene’s church said:

“We are delighted to have been recognised out of all the churches in London and shortlisted for this grant. The funding we have received so far will allow us to help restore St Mary Magdalene’s church to its former glory, and also begin expanding our facilities so that we can play a much greater pastoral and cultural role in the community. There are countless historic churches in London which do vital work, and we are very grateful for the NCT for choosing St Mary Magdalene’s as a potential recipients for this new grant.”

If you are a Friend of the National Churches Trust you can vote for St Mary Magdalene’s Church via the National Churches Trust website. If you are interested in learning more about the church’s restoration project you can do so by visiting their website.

Magic of Light view images

Rickshaw House Gallery  presented art in new, uncharted forms between June – July 2016. The exhibition celebrated light and our relationship with it, including the symbolism attached to the symbiotic nature of light and darkness. The exhibition included play with coloured lights, lasers and shadows; due to the upcoming renovation of St Mary Magdalene’s Church in Paddington, this event was the last chance to see such a unique exhibition in this beautiful venue and as you can see, was very popular and well attended.