Summer celebration at Hale Village
St Francis at the Engine Room has led Hale Village in celebrating their annual summer festival.
The Engine Room organised the day in partnership with almost twenty local organisations. These included Living Under One Sun, Unite, Student Housing, as well new community additions such as the Migrants Resource Centre, and the Little Engineers Nursery — who were able to use the festival to introduce themselves to the wider community.
Over 400 local residents turned out to enjoy the festival and take part in a range of family activities, including face painting, an art workshop, badge making and even a bouncy castle. Street food was also provided by local pizzeria Loven Presents, giving residents a taste of what is to come when they take charge of the cafe in the new Engine Room facilities that are opening in October 2017.
Taking place alongside the summer celebration was the Unveiling Christian Arts Festival that ran throughout the weekend in different locations around the village. Some eighteen artists from across London came to Hale Village to take part in the festival which featured music, drama and dance.
Fr Andrew Williams, Priest Missioner at the Engine Room said:
“I would like to thank all of the volunteers from the Engine Room, and the other organisations who took part in helping to make the summer festival such a success. The Hale Village community is still young, but the festival goes from strength to strength every year and despite the rain we enjoyed our largest ever turnout.”
In October 2017, St Francis at the Engine Room will relocate to new premises in what will be the first new church built in the Diocese of London in forty years. The new building will host the church, a community space, a cafe, and a 36-place nursery, allowing the Engine Room to massively expand its provision, and the role which it plays in the local community.