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Consultation on Community Uses for St Michael's

Why?

St Michael’s is going great guns and used intensively on Sundays, but rarely used during the week. This needs to change and a core part of the Stockwell Parish Mission Action Plan (MAP) is Community Partnership, a key element of which is opening up the Church building to wider use by and for the local community for non-spiritual use.   The Parish wants to see St Michael’s as a key hub of the Community that lives around it.  A copy of the MAP can be found on the Parish website:  http://www.standrewandstmichael.org.uk/spiritual-support/parish-strategy.php.  Fundraising and plans for repair and redecoration of the Church are underway and it is hoped that main body of the Church might be done by the end of the year.

A consultation has been carried out during the 2nd half of the year in the congregation and wider community to see what community uses people would like to see the Church used for.  This is now closed and the feedback from that consultation is now being reviewed, and will inform the future physical development of the Church.

  

Our Churches

St. Andrew's Church

St. Andrew's Church is currently close for publc worship on health & Safety grounds.  It would cost around £2 million to renovate current under-maintenance, not including much needed modern essentials as proper disabled access and toilets.  Its hall (Hammerton Hall) would cost a further £2.5 million on the same basis.  The hall is locally 'listed' by the London Borough of Lambeth as “of interest architecturally”; while the church is not. The church cannot raise the amount needed for restoration and repairs to limit further deterioration.  Discussions are underway with Lambeth as to the future of worship on the site.

St Michael's Church

St Michael's Church is listed as a Grade 2 building in the national register of buildings of architectural or historic interest.  It requires work to restore but has no severe maintenance backlog excluding rewiring, which we endeavour to undertake shortly.  However, to make it fit for purpose in the longer term would be very costly, the amount depending on the proposed changes made.  St Michael's Hall dates from the 1950s, has been well-maintained, but lacks certain facilities, for example a shower.