Harrow church launches new funding drive
All Saints’ Church, Harrow Weald have recently launched a new fundraising drive to raise £150,000 over the next four years to help kick-start an ambitious project to regenerate the much-loved church.
Launched as part of the All Saints Serving Harrow Project, the money raised will go towards rebuilding and refurbishing the church so as to make it not only more accessible, but also more flexible in meeting the needs of the local community. Some of what has been proposed includes demolishing the old 1950s vestry block and replacing it with a modern classroom/community room, which will also provide office space and other facilities for the whole community to use.
All Saints’ currently plays host to a number of community groups, such as a pre-school and a campus based Forest School, and also serves the community in a number of different roles including supporting a night shelter and food bank. Once all of the refurbishments have been completed, the church hopes to expand its provision, allowing more people than ever to use the church’s campus and facilities.
The cost of this ambitious project is close to £2 million and it is hoped that the £150,000 raised by the congregation will provide the All Saints Serving Harrow Project with not only credibility, but also kick-start future grants and donations. This will allow the project to finally come to fruition and build on what has already been achieved, which includes the installation of a new, environmentally efficient gas boiler at Blackwell Hall, the building of a pond and outdoor classroom in the Church Woods, and the restoration of much of All Saints’ Butterfield mosaics and interior.
The Revd James Mercer, Vicar at All Saints’ Church, said of the project:
“All Saints Serving Harrow is an ambitious project and one that has been long in the making. The fundraising drive has received an amazing response from congregants and I am looking forward to building on what we have already achieved so that All Saints’ can expand its provision and play an even bigger role at the heart of the local community.”
The church is fundraising is partnership with the South Indian Sinai Mar Thoma church, which also shares their premises, and it is hoped that work will begin in Spring 2019. More information about the project can be found at www.ashw.org.uk.