We have a big vision to see St Alban’s become the beating heart of the community.
It’s been quite a journey already…
After many years without any activity at St Alban’s, it looked like it was going to be converted into nine luxury flats. Thankfully the community rose to the challenge to save this beautiful church, with nearly 5000 signing a petition to preserve the building to serve it’s original purpose as a place of community and spiritual life.
Services were re-launched in September 2014 and as well as that growing congregation, since then the building has also hosted classical concerts and choral performances, lectures, ceilidhs, hog roasts, a toddler club with a much-loved bouncy castle and the inaugural ‘St Alban’s Fair’, which celebrated a year of new life in September 2015, with over 1000 locals gathering together to celebrate and enjoy sunshine, music, stalls, craft beer, a bbq and lots more…
The first phase of regeneration has been completed (almost!)
The work for the first phase is now complete, and more than 1,500 people enjoyed special services over the Christmas period, in the warmth! The toddler club, Friday Lunch Club has also re-launched and we are hoping for increased community activity in the building over the coming months - please do email to make inquiries about hiring the space.
However, we still need roughly another £50k to pay of the remainder of the costs and we'd LOVE your help with that - however much or little you can afford to show you support what we are doing in bringing this beautiful community space back to life - DONATE below...
This completed first phase includes:
- A new roof including solar tiles and insulation
- The installation of a modern, blown air heating system
- New toilets and storage facilities
This work has regenerated the largest space of it's kind in Chiswick, a church restored as the beating heart of the community that can once again be used throughout the week, for a huge variety of uses.
First Phase fundraising...
The vision for the future...
After considerable community consultation, we are getting ever-closer to a vision for the future shape the building will take, and the different community needs it could serve, everything from a nursery to a community kitchen, from theatre performances and dance classes to corporate events and meetings, from activities for our senior citizens to youth groups and toddler clubs.
Enjoy all our ‘concept drawings’ in one place by clicking here.
Phase ONE // Bringing St Alban's Church fully back to life
The first phase of regeneration has been completed, if not fully funded - we may need to take out a loan to cover the shortfall, which would be a shame and impact directly upon church activities.
After an astonishingly generous response by the congregations of St Alban’s, Acton Green, and Christ Church, Turnham Green in spring 2015, enough was raised to begin phase one of the regeneration work in 2016. This first phase includes a new roof including solar tiles and insulation, the installation of a modern heating system and new toilets and storage and basic kitchen facilities. These changes will transform the church, bringing it fully back to life for a huge variety of potential community uses by young and old alike.
However, more generosity is needed to complete this first phase of work debt-free. Do join us and donate via the links below...
Phase TWO // Developing the south side of the site
Phase two will bring the north and south sides of the sites together into a cohesive whole. Developments will include much more flexible community space on the south side of the site including a community kitchen adjacent to a beautiful cloistered courtyard that will provide an 'open arms' welcome to all those using Acton Green Common. We anticipate the development will include a revitalised nursery too, continuing to provide for that community need on the site currently used by the successful Caterpillar Montessori nursery.
Phase THREE // Upgrading the church interior and adding another large community space inside the church
Upgrading the interior of the church, including adding a second floor within the main structure of the church, which could include a south-facing balcony would provide another, large, yet flexible community space to cater for anything from business receptions to youth and children's activities, providing St Alban's with an iconic function venue with fantastic views over the common and to Chiswick beyond.
Some of the people involved
This represents just some of the core team from Christ Church W4 with the responsibility to steward the vision for St Alban’s. We are in regular contact with community groups and residents associations, have hosted ‘open mornings’ at St Alban’s and anyone from the community should feel free to be in touch with any questions or suggestions for the future of St Alban’s. It would be wonderful to have your help as well as your views, so be prepared to get involved in making this happen - we can only do it all together!
Play your part in St Alban’s becoming the beating heart of the community…
No doubt you'll agree, that this is a BIG vision. We need the whole community pulling together to make it happen. Do have your say on anything you like via the 'have your say' form above, but please also think of how you might be able to support the vision financially, sponsoring anything from a sink to a spoon, a microwave to a mug! Anything you can give will help grow community life in the area and leave a lasting legacy for W4 and beyond. And perhaps you can come up with other creative ways to fundraise yourself, or join us on a ‘Walk a Marathon for St Alban’s’ event happening in June this year?
What could you sponsor?
In this crucial first stage of development, what could you help us specifically buy?*
Water heater £1500
Work surface £1000
Waste Bin £75
Crockery £5 for 2 mugs or 2 plates or 2 bowls
Cutlery £5 buys 2 sets
3 Toilets £300 each
3 Basins £150 each
Baby change fold-down table £500
Heater for Toilet Room £900
8 taps £50 each
3 Toilet Doors £180 each
Alarm light for Disabled Toilet £200
Mirrors £30 each
3 Bins £20 each
3 Hand towel dispenser £60 each
3 Toilet roll holders £5
Ordinary Roof Tile £10 per tile
Scaffold pole £ 100
Replacement timber beam - for ones with dry rot £3,000
Roof Insulating Material £20 per metre
*all costs are representative, not precise!
Supporting the Vision
We have a big task ahead of us to make this vision a reality and we need people to partner with us
at this crucial stage. If you would like to support the beating heart vision, donate can be made in a few different ways...