The Parochial Church Council Of The Ecclesiastical Parish Of St Marylebone With Holy Trinity St Marylebone
St Marylebone Changing Lives Campaign
Changing Lives offers the opportunity to be a part of a radical and inspiring project in Westminster. The ambitious project is lead by St Marylebone Parish Church, which has been shaping – and indeed naming – the local community for over 900 years.
Changing Lives is a combination of both Capital improvements and community project which together will cost a total over £8 million.
Urgent capital works include:
1) St Marylebone Parish Church is at risk of having to close its doors because the roof is failing. The situation is now so critical that St Marylebone has been placed on the Historic England Heritage at Risk Register. The failure of the roof was identified as a result of in-depth survey work carried out in 2018. The existing aluminium roof has become granular and has developed many tiny holes which are now letting in water. We need to urgently replace our roof with a new Welsh slate roof. In addition to this, the Georgian of timbers, which date from 1813, have warped and twisted and, in some cases, shrunk and must now be removed, repaired and conserved before their reinstatement. The historic fibrous plaster work ceilings also need to be rescued and stabilised.
2) Improved Accessibility: Changing Lives will enable us to provide easier and safer access for those who are elderly, visually impaired, wheelchair and pushchair users, and to all who visit our building on a weekly basis. Plans include:
• Funding towards repair of the Portico steps and disabled access ramp – the main entrance to our building for all users. Over 470 people use this entrance daily.
• A new lift to replace the current old model which can no longer be repaired.
• A new staircase to offer safe passage in line with modern, health and safety standards.
3) New and Modernised Community Space: We plan to provide a new entrance to the NHS Health Centre in our Crypt. Redecoration and modernisation of key large community meeting spaces – the Crypt Hall and the Undercroft. Plans include:
• Modernisation and redecoration of key community spaces, with new heating, lighting and air conditioning in line with contemporary standards.
• Urgent upgrade work to the NHS Marylebone Health Centre Reception and the Psychotherapy treatment rooms, including modernising, repair and decoration work.
• New free-to-use community WCs with disabled access.
Our Community Projects:
1) Helping communities to connect with each other: Over 172,0000 people visit our building every year and cross the portico to access vital services. Changing Lives will help us to expand on our regular activities and events for those who are elderly, visually impaired, living with dementia, the lonely and bereaved, and community carers. For many, these events are a lifeline and an opportunity to talk with others in a safe and welcoming space.
2) Telling Our Story St Marylebone Parish Church has been witness to some amazing stories over the past 900 years. We want to continue to expand our purpose to engage with people - by encourage everyone who visits us to learn about our historical significance. We have developed exciting plans to engage volunteers, visitors and educational institutions, in our plans to share our story.
• Tell the story of the changing Marylebone area through the lives and stories of those who have lived and worked here. From aristocrats to highwaymen, artists, scientists, merchants and servants, Marylebone has always been home to a diverse community. Our story will be told via a temporary exhibition case showcasing ‘Marylebone in 100 Objects’, a newly commissioned film, 19th century trade cards prints in our toilets, new visitor walking trails, leaflets and resources co-created with local volunteers and school children, and a significantly revamped mobile enabled website with an animated heritage timeline.
• Offer opportunities into employment by allowing people to develop skills in heritage archive interpretation and venue management. Training placements will be specifically aimed at young people and resident migrant communities.
• Re-introduce the musical ‘folk tradition’ of Marylebone and reinterpreting the "Marylebone Bandstand" with modern and ancient folk music tales. This will include re-providing a venue in central London - delivered with neighbours Howard De Walden Estate and the Royal Academy of Music.
• Recording the oral histories of some of Marylebone’s oldest residents
• Setting up a ‘pop up café’ within the church, run by women who need help finding a route back into employment.
• Offer 5 fully funded apprenticeships in stone masonry through the Westminster Building Crafts College.
Please help us to achieve our vision by donating today.