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Notting Hill sewn up

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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

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

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 For more information on the Notting Hill MayFest 2016 please go to the dedicated web site 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 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.