Rev’d Jane Manley
MUCH WORK TO BE DONE
We have the misfortune of being somewhat tucked away and I often have to direct people via Ruislip High School – it is one of the disadvantages of being a ‘suburban’ parish. Nevertheless, we are an important part of the local community. During the week our hall is busy with our toddler group, which is held twice a week, to which an average of eighty children and their parents or carers attend; keep fit classes; uniformed organisations; Weight Watchers; children’s parties; and a Social Gathering for the older members of the Community. And we want to do more.
Last year we upgraded our hall, putting in a new kitchen and heating to make it much more user-friendly. Over the past six months we have been undertaking much needed repair work on the church itself, including, rewiring, new sound and lighting, repair and redecorating work, and new heating. We have also installed a small kitchen, disabled toilet, and a permanent ramp. This work has cost over £600,000.
But there is still much to be done.
There is extensive re-pointing work needed’ and we would like to join the church to the hall with a link which will include a small hall, meeting room, and disabled facilities in the hall. The increased capacity will benefit the locally community enormously.
Our vision is to transform St Paul’s Ruislip Manor into a hub for the local area which will engage you with local activities and neighbourhood opportunities. We are planning to hold a Memory Café, which will support and help the increasing number of people suffering from dementia. We plan to hold lunches and holiday clubs for the socially isolated, holiday clubs for the young.
But we need the space and facilities. None of this is cheap and the further work is going to cost a an additional £600,000. Some of this will be raised by grants and fundraising but we need more.
We would like to hear from you, the people of Ruislip Manor. What would you like from this church, what facilities would you find useful? What role has St Paul’s played in your lives? Maybe you have been married here, had your children baptised in the church? Come and tell us and do come and see our church. We begin worshipping there on the 3rd September and on the 9th October the Bishop of London is coming to bless the new building and surrounding gardens (which will include a quiet area by the memorial garden – a space for people to come and be quiet). Please come and join us.
If you can offer any support or ideas on how to raise £600,000 please do let us know. If you would like to make a donation, please contact us. This church has stood here for 80 years. It has been a place for services, for weddings, baptisms and funerals for the local people and will continue to do so for many more years to come.
This is your church. Whether you are are a believer or not, you are welcome.*