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The new community SPACE in Notting Hill

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A new and dynamic community environment opened on May 6th by the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea at St John’s Church Notting Hill.

 

Called simply THE SPACE, the initiative is led by Parish Priest Dr William Taylor, and has been developed from a recent fundraising campaign called ‘Restoring the Future’ where a unique 18th century organ was restored and repositioned within the main body of the church.

St John’s not only now has a great performance environment for professional organists, ensembles, orchestras and choirs to create music in, but it also has a set of new rooms for use by the community to support and compliment this.

 

Community Rooms and a Social Kitchen

‘This is a significant point in the development of our community focus within Notting Hill’, says Dr William Taylor. ‘The new facilities at The SPACE will allow us to develop even stronger links to the local community. We have 3 rooms dedicated  for community youths, a ‘social kitchen’ to help teach people the value of healthy balanced eating, we can use the focal point of our splendidly restored organ to attract the best classical musicians alongside supporting ensembles, cinema and exhibitions. Our new kitchen will be able to cater for children’s parties or private functions, and we can embrace important community and not for profit groups like the NCT by providing them with a modern and comfortable venue for their classes. We also want to encourage local business and government bodies to use our state of the art meeting rooms for workshops, committees and interviews.’ 

 

A place for all the community

‘THE SPACE is available for hire by the hour, half day or day with discretionary rates for not for profit organisations and block bookings’, says Mark Stimpfig; who is coordinating the launch and development of THE SPACE on behalf of St John’s. Mark hopes that ‘the wider community would come and see these fantastic new facilities. During May’s Notting Hill MayFest there will be plenty of opportunity for viewings of The SPACE in action. We are also most grateful for the levels of support that we have received from charitable bodies and private donors to create all of this, and we now hope that we can repay their investment by continuing to develop St John’s as a place for all the community.’

 

Editor’s notes: For more information on The SPACE at St John’s please contact Mark Stimpfig mstimpfig@yahoo.co.uk or on 07976 709089 or go to the St John’s Church Notting Hill web site http://www.stjohnsnottinghill.com/ For more information on the Notting Hill MayFest 2015 please go to the dedicated web site www.nottinghillmayfest.org.uk. St John the Evangelist is a Church of England Parish within the Diocese of London and a registered Charity with religious and community objects In 1821. St John’s Church in Ladbroke Grove was completed in 1845 to designs by the architectural partnership of John Hargrave Stevens and George Alexander. It was listed grade II in April 1969, and is situated in the Royal London Borough of Kensington’s Ladbroke Grove Conservation Area. The restoration of the organ at St John’s, which included an extensive series of related community activities, was funded by a £373,500 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and £75,000 raised through individuals and organisations more info at www.stjohnsorganproject.com. The majority of funding for The SPACE at St John’s is from the Landfill Communities Fund. The Fund lets waste companies retain part of their Landfill Tax bill so it can be awarded to community and environmental projects. Viridor Credits Environmental Company has awarded £168,000 and The Veolia Environmental Trust has awarded £42,305 through the Fund. Both the Garfield Weston Foundation and The Beatrice Laing Trust donated £10,000, and other donors and sponsors have provided £118,000 of funding.

 

 

Notting Hill sewn up

Office Manager

A series of sewing and embroidery classes are now being offered from THE SPACE at St John’s Notting Hill.

THE SPACE is unique new community centre in St John’s Church on Lansdowne Crescent where from its newly refurbished meeting rooms groups like SEW PORTOBELLO and STITCHWORK are offering classes and courses to the locality.

SEW PORTOBELLO specialises in helping skilled creative women make high quality fabric goods together, especially in unusual ‘retro’ styles and have a morning club running at THE SPACE on Tuesdays from May for more information see http://www.sewportobello.com/

STITCHWORK is a new local start-up offering half and one day classes on a variety of embroidery techniques – such as crewel/ Jacobean, blackwork, canvas stitched etc. from monthly Saturday sessions at THE SPACE from 11th July see info@stitchwork.co.uk

Both SEW PORTOBELLO and STITCHWORK will be at the launch of THE SPACE at St John’s on Wednesday May 6th opened by the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

THE SPACE ‘is a significant point in the development of our community focus within Notting Hill’, says parish priest Dr William Taylor. ‘The new facilities at The SPACE will allow us to develop even stronger links to the local community. We now have a ‘social kitchen’ to help teach people the value of healthy balanced eating, we can use the focal point of our splendidly restored organ to attract the best classical musicians alongside supporting ensembles, cinema and exhibitions. Our new kitchen is able to cater for children’s parties or private functions, and we can embrace important community and not for profit groups like the NCT by providing them with a modern and comfortable venue for their classes. We also want to encourage local business and government bodies to use our state of the art meeting rooms for workshops, committees and interviews.’ 

THE SPACE is available for hire by the hour, half day or day with discretionary rates for not for profit organisations and block bookings’ We are also most grateful for the levels of support that we have received from charitable bodies and private donors to create all of this, and we now hope that we can repay their investment by continuing to develop St John’s as a place for all the community.

Editor’s notes: For more information on The SPACE at St John’s, see  St John’s Church Notting Hill web site http://www.stjohnsnottinghill.com/ For more information on the Notting Hill MayFest 2016 please go to the dedicated web site www.nottinghillmayfest.org.uk. St John the Evangelist is a Church of England Parish within the Diocese of London and a registered Charity with religious and community objects In 1821. St John’s Church in Ladbroke Grove was completed in 1845 to designs by the architectural partnership of John Hargrave Stevens and George Alexander. It was listed grade II in April 1969, and is situated in the Royal London Borough of Kensington’s Ladbroke Grove Conservation Area. The restoration of the organ at St John’s, which included an extensive series of related community activities, was funded by a £373,500 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and £75,000 raised through individuals and organisations more info at www.stjohnsorganproject.com. The majority of funding for The SPACE at St John’s is from the Landfill Communities Fund. The Fund lets waste companies retain part of their Landfill Tax bill so it can be awarded to community and environmental projects. Viridor Credits Environmental Company has awarded £168,000 and The Veolia Environmental Trust has awarded £42,305 through the Fund. Both the Garfield Weston Foundation and The Beatrice Laing Trust donated £10,000, and other donors and sponsors have provided £118,000 of funding.

 

Talking of Well-being

Office Manager

A new centre for psychotherapy opens at The SPACE at St John’s Notting Hill


Headed by Virginia Mallin, counsellors at The SPACE will be offering professional psychotherapy services for adults and young people. A recent survey by the UK Council for Psychotherapy highlights the increasing importance of mental wellness in our lives where three out of four people in the UK receive no guidance on their emotional well-being.


Virginia says “therapy provides a safe space to help explore thoughts and feelings and relationships, linking past experiences with present behaviour, and bringing understanding which can help make significant changes in people’s lives.  


The therapeutic process of ‘searching within’ often brings about fundamental change, and allows a deeper sense of connectedness and growth, helping each of us to be our truer selves.  I think working in The SPACE will be very well suited to psychotherapy as there is commonality of ethos in seeking to enhance emotional health and well-being.” 


Community focus

“Apart from offering a dedicated space for professional psychotherapists to practice The SPACE will be developing stronger links to the local community”, says Parish priest The Vicar, Dr William Taylor. “We will have a ‘social kitchen’ to help teach people the value of healthy balanced eating, we can use the focal point of our splendidly restored organ to attract the best classical musicians, alongside supporting ensembles, cinema and exhibitions. Our new kitchens can cater for children’s parties or private functions and we can embrace important community and not for profit groups like the NCT by providing them with a modern and comfortable venue for their classes. We also want to encourage local business and government bodies to use our state of the art meeting rooms for workshops, committees and interviews.”


Inclusive and nurturing

Mark Stimpfig, who is coordinating the marketing of The SPACE on behalf of St John’s, said he hoped that “the wider community would come and see the how expansive and flexible the new facilities are on 6th May. The month-long Notting Hill MayFest which starts on 1st May will allow plenty of opportunity for viewings of The SPACE in action. We are also most grateful for the levels of support that we have received from charitable bodies and private donors to create all of this, and we now hope that we can repay their investment by creating an inclusive and nurturing environment for the community.”

 

 

Editors notes:


Virginia Mallin, BA, Adv Dip Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (WPF), FPC, UKCP, has extensive professional experience offering psychotherapy in private practice for adults and young people. In addition, she has worked as media liaison consultant for her graduate body (FPC), counselled within the NHS in primary care, worked as consultant psychotherapist at The Priory's Eating Disorders Unit, co-managed a young person's counselling centre for the London Borough of Ealing, and provided a therapy service for a leading girls' comprehensive school. She has extensive specialist experience of adolescent issues including treating eating disorders and other forms of self-harm. She is also consultant psychotherapist for an educational website aimed at parents of young children. She is passionate about developing emotional literacy and education for parents, teachers, and children.

‘General Election 2015 – Putting Psychotherapy in the Picture’, published 10th April 2015 by the UK Council for Psychotherapy  http://www.psychotherapy.org.uk/news/general-election-2015-%E2%80%93-putting-psychotherapy-in-the-picture

For more information on The SPACE at St John’s please contact Mark Stimpfig mstimpfig@yahoo.co.uk or on 07976 709089 or go to the St John’s Church Notting Hill web site http://www.stjohnsnottinghill.com/  For more information on the Notting Hill MayFest 2015 please go to the dedicated web site www.nottinghillmayfest.org.uk.

St John the Evangelist is a Church of England Parish within the Diocese of London and a registered Charity with religious and community objects in 1821. St John’s Church in Ladbroke Grove was completed in 1845 to designs by the architectural partnership of John Hargrave Stevens and George Alexander. It was listed grade II in April 1969, and is situated in the Royal London Borough of Kensington’s Ladbroke Grove Conservation Area.


The restoration of the organ at St John’s, which included an extensive series of related community activities, was funded by a £373,500 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and £75,000 raised through individuals and organisations more info at www.stjohnsorganproject.com.


The majority of funding for The SPACE at St John’s is from the Landfill Communities Fund. The Fund lets waste companies retain part of their Landfill Tax bill so it can be awarded to community and environmental projects. Viridor Credits Environmental Company has awarded £168,000 and The Veolia Environmental Trust has awarded £42,305 through the Fund. Both the Garfield Weston Foundation and The Beatrice Laing Trust donated £10,000, and other donors and sponsors have provided £118,000 of funding.

The SPACE for Well-Being in Notting Hill

Office Manager

A new and dynamic community, arts, and business environment is being opened in Notting Hill on 6th May 2015. Simply known as ‘The SPACE’, at St John’s Church Lansdowne Crescent Notting Hill, it will create a flexible and modern community centre to encourage well-being, in its widest sense. 

The SPACE inaugural event is being officially opened by the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. At the event, The Rev’d Canon Dr William Taylor will deliver a presentation on his remarkable recent travels on the ‘Silk Road’. Music, art, food and entertainment will highlight the complementary ways the SPACE can be used. 
 

Community focus 

‘This is a significant point in the development of our community focus within Notting Hill’ said William Taylor. ‘The new facilities at The SPACE will allow us to develop even stronger links to the local community. We will have a dedicated counselling room for psychotherapy and holistic medicines, a ‘social kitchen’ to help teach people the value of healthy balanced eating, we can use the focal point of our splendidly restored organ to attract the best classical musicians alongside supporting ensembles, cinema and exhibitions. Our new kitchens can cater for children’s parties or private functions and we can embrace important community and not for profit groups like the NCT by providing them with a modern and comfortable venue for their classes. We also want to encourage local business and government bodies to use our state of the art meeting rooms for workshops, committees and interviews.’ 


 
Inclusive and nurturing 

Mark Stimpfig, who is coordinating the marketing of The SPACE on behalf of St John’s, said he hoped that “the wider community would come and see the how expansive and flexible the new facilities are on 6th May. The month-long Notting Hill MayFest which starts on 1st  May will allow plenty of opportunity for viewings of The SPACE in action. We are also most grateful for the levels of support that we have received from charitable bodies and private donors to create all of this, and we now hope that we can repay their investment by creating an inclusive and nurturing environment for the community.”
 


Editor’s notes: For more information on The SPACE at St John’s please contact Mark Stimpfig mstimpfig@yahoo.co.uk or on 07976 709089 or go to the St John’s Church Notting Hill web site http://www.stjohnsnottinghill.com/ For more information on the Notting Hill MayFest 2015 please go to the dedicated web site www.nottinghillmayfest.org.uk.


St John the Evangelist is a Church of England Parish within the Diocese of London and a registered Charity with religious and community objects In 1821. St John’s Church in Ladbroke Grove was completed in 1845 to designs by the architectural partnership of John Hargrave Stevens and George Alexander. It was listed grade II in April 1969, and is situated in the Royal London Borough of Kensington’s Ladbroke Grove Conservation Area.

The restoration of the organ at St John’s, which included an extensive series of related community activities, was funded by a £373,500 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and £75,000 raised through individuals and organisations more info at www.stjohnsorganproject.com.

The majority of funding for The SPACE at St John’s is from the Landfill Communities Fund. The Fund lets waste companies retain part of their Landfill Tax bill so it can be awarded to community and environmental projects. Viridor Credits Environmental Company has awarded £168,000 and The Veolia Environmental Trust has awarded £42,305 through the Fund. Both the Garfield Weston Foundation and The Beatrice Laing Trust donated £10,000, and other donors and sponsors have provided £118,000 of funding.