Paddington church wins £10,000 national grant
A historic church in Paddington has become the first recipient of a new grant by the National Churches Trust.
Overcoming competition by four other churches, the Grade I listed St Mary Magdalene’s Church was awarded the £10,000 grant, following a vote by the friends of the National Churches Trust, to help supplement the £40,000 previously awarded by the NCT to help fund the restoration of the church’s historic interior.
This restoration is part of a wider project backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund and in partnership with the Paddington Development Trust 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 church already offers a range of services including a music society and food bank. Once finished, the expansion will allow the church to run a skills development programme to assist people back into work, as well as an adult education service and numerous activities for older people.
Fr Henry Everett, Priest at St Mary Magdalene’s church said:
“All of us at St Mary Magdalene’s are overwhelmed to have been chosen as the first church to be awarded the Friends Grant, particularly given the other beautiful and historic churches which were also shortlisted. This new funding will supplement our other fundraising activities and play an important role in allowing us to continue our restoration work, and transform the church so that we can continue to play a vital and relevant role at the centre of community life in Paddington.”
Other churches shortlisted for the grant were St Mary de Crypt, Gloucester; St Thomas, Derby; St Peter, St Paul and St Philomena, New Brighton and the Methodist Central Hall, Paisley, Scotland.