The New St Mary's Centre

WHAT'S BEHIND CHURCH STREET?

Take a look behind the New St Mary’s Church and you will find the Church Rooms, home to Hackney Winter Night Shelter, Hackney Migrant Centre and numerous other community and faith-based groups and activities. 

Rising rents means a lack of available, affordable community space in Stoke Newington – we want to be able to host more groups from all parts of our community but the Church Rooms are, sadly, no longer fit for purpose. 

We have an exciting redevelopment plan for a new St Mary’s Centre, which will provide a flexible, welcoming space for all. We have already raised £1m towards the cost but we need to raise a further £650k for our proposal to become a reality. 

This is a real opportunity for us as a church to help build community in a very tangible way and make a lasting impact on Stoke Newington for future generations. However this will not be possible unless we all pull together and buy in to this project, so……We need your skills! 

 • Are you a foodie? We need to organise our launch event for the redevelopment project – a food market on the weekend of 20/21 May, which will also showcase the architectural plans for the redevelopment. Can you help co-ordinate and market the event? Are you (or do you know of) a local trader who would like to take a pitch? 

 • Do you have a flair for the artistic? We need assistance putting together a “brand” for the food market event, the fundraising website and literature for the Centre itself.

 • Do you enjoy a good letter-writing session? We have a list of potential sources of grant funding and donors. Could you take on writing one or more of the applications? We will supply some standard text for you to adapt. 

However much time you can commit, if you can assist with any of the above or have more ideas for bringing in the funds, please contact Tamar in the office: 02072546072 or stmarystokenewington@btinternet.com before March 24th. All offers of help will be most gratefully received! 

The New St Mary’s Centre Planning Team