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The SPACE for Well-Being in Notting Hill

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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.