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/ 11 April 2016

Heritage Lottery Fund success for St Paul’s, Hounslow West

St Paul's Hounslow West Architect Andy Burrell

St Paul’s Church, Hounslow West has received a £249,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for essential work to the tower, spire and stonework, along with some improvement to internal facilities.

This grant follows the initial award of £15,400 received last year which allowed the church to carry out full surveys and further develop the initial proposals.

St Paul’s has been working closely with the conservation architect for the project, Andy Burrell of Carden & Godfrey, Clerkenwell Close, London. Carden & Godfrey are specialists in the conservation and repair of historic properties and heritage buildings. Andy has recently worked on a number of projects at the Tower of London and several churches including HLF funded projects in Lewes. He has recently been appointed as architect to Beverly Minister and is currently working on the church in Dover Castle.

Throughout its history, St Paul’s has had a significant role within the local area, providing social, family and personal support. It continues to do this, working with local partner agencies where appropriate.

The Bishop of Kensington, the Rt Revd Dr Graham Tomlin, said:

“I am delighted that the HLF has awarded this significant grant to St Paul’s, ensuring that its long history of loving and serving the local community can continue.”

The landmark spire of St Paul’s can be seen from far and wide around Hounslow West. Built in 1873/4, the spire, tower and stonework of the church now need substantial restoration work. The funding will allow this work to be done, ensuring St Paul’s continues as the home of a growing and busy church community.

The HLF grant will also fund the installation of a kitchen suitable for preparing hot food. This will enable the range of work that the church does within the local community to expand.

Michelle Jordan, the Children’s Pastor and Outreach Worker for St Paul’s describes how the new kitchen will help. She says:

“I am really excited for the new kitchen as we run large children’s events once every six weeks which attract over 80 children from the local community. It will help us to prepare and serve meals for each child that comes along.”

Chris Kettel, Trainee Youth Pastor, says how having a new kitchen “will really enhance the service and the activities that we can offer to the young people who come to St Paul’s.”

Stuart Hobley, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund London, said:

“St Paul’s church in Hounslow West has received important heritage funding for church restoration works and to help more people discover the history of this well-loved building. Thanks to National Lottery players, St Paul’s church can continue to be a focal point for the local community.”

In addition to the £249,000 grant from Heritage Lottery Fund, another £73,000 needs to be found to help secure the church for the future. St Paul’s is seeking donations to enable the work to be completed.

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