CLOSURE OF ST ANDREW’S CHURCH AND HAMMERTON HALL
Message from Rev. Erica Wooff, Vicar of Stockwell Parish
You may by now have heard about the decision by the Bishop of Southwark and Archdeacon of Lambeth to close St Andrew’s church and Hammerton Hall with immediate effect for health and safety reasons. It is deeply sadness and regret that we find ourselves in this situation. However the Bishop and I cannot take any risks with the personal safety of members of St Andrew's congregation, nor the safety of passers-by and members of our wider community. The seriousness of the deterioration of the buildings was brought to the Bishop's and Archdeacon's attention when they received the written reports of the buildings' inspections that were ordered by the Parochial Church Council following a small mount of rubble falling from St Andrew's church tower onto Landor Road in late January. The action required was immediate and the closure order was signed on 1 March 2018. Since that date, and for the forseeable future, all worship and church activities connected with Stockwell Parish now take place at St Michael’s church.
I should like to reassure the Parish that there is no danger of St Michael's church closing. Indeed, since these recent events, it is even more important that we continue to work hard at expanding our activities at St Michael's to attract even more members of our wonderful community, of all faiths and none. And also, how important it is to continue the restoration of St Michael's through the fundraising campaign launched by St. Michael's churchwarden, Henrietta Royle in November 2017. Please contact Henrietta directly for details of how you may support us in this.