Chairman of Hale Village receives St Mellitus Medal from Bishop of London
The Chairman of Tottenham’s Hale Village, Michael Polledri, MBE has been awarded the prestigious St Mellitus Medal by the Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, in recognition of community building work in Hale Village.
Michael was instrumental in creating the opportunity for the first Anglican church to be built in the capital for 40 years. The medal is named after St Mellitus, the Bishop of London who re-founded the Diocese in AD 604, and is awarded in recognition of substantial contribution to the Christian life of London.
The new church, St Francis, was recently handed over to the Diocese for fitting out and will open its doors for services in 2017.
Commenting on the award, Michael said:
“It’s a huge honour to receive this medal. To help create such an important community facility and service is a great privilege.”
Speaking at the handover event, Bishop of London said:
“As the St Francis Church and Engine Room team starts interior work on its new premises the Hale Village community can look ahead to 2017 with great anticipation for what I know will be an integral part of community life in Tottenham.”
Michael’s vision for Hale Village when it was conceived in 2008, was to create a new urban village with community at its heart. The Engine Room community centre, part of the new church offering, has been operating from temporary premises in Hale Village for two years. Overall the new church facilities will include a 24 space nursery, a café, two community halls, a learning workshop and a chapel for prayer and worship.
Michael is involved in many community and voluntary sector projects in the Lee Valley and was awarded his MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2010 in recognition of his services to Enterprise & Regeneration in North London.
Hale Village has been voted one of the top 30 best regeneration projects in the UK and the most Innovative Affordable Housing Scheme. This year it was highly commended in the Placemaking Awards, Mixed Use Brownfield Site category and was also presented with the prestigious Green Flag Award, the mark of a quality green space.