New facilities at All Saints, Ealing blessed
On Saturday 21 January, the Bishop of Willesden, the Rt Revd Peter Broadbent, paid a visit to All Saints Church in Ealing to bless the church’s newly modernised facilities.
The brand new kitchen and renovated main hall and seminar room will be opened up for use by local groups, with the goal of making the church a hub for community activities. Key to the renovation was making the church fully accessible to disabled people and improving facilities for those people already using them, such as the weekly community cafe.
Father Justin Dodd, Vicar of All Saints, explained "The temptation with capital projects is to try and fund elaborate long term plans. We knew that if we made some clever short term investment, our parish hall could become a real community resource – not to mention a lively place of mission."
The service on Saturday followed an opening the day before with the Mayor of Ealing where the facilities were left open for local people to view.
Funding for the new facilities was raised by a concerted fundraising campaign, devised and Spearhead by parishioner Rosemary Milne.
Talking about the success of the project, The Bishop of Willesden said:
"I’m delighted with the way in which All Saints has risen to the challenge of providing a newly refurbished hall for themselves and for their community. A lot of volunteers have engaged in a lot of creative fund-raising – and the result is good for everyone."