Posts Tagged ‘Cultural Heritage & Roots’

“Revive!” custom artworks at St Mary Magdalene Crypt – For a short time only.

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

St Mary Magdalene December 2016 flyer for Revive art eventRevive! invites a discovery and exploration of the mysterious crypt underneath St Mary Magdalene Church built by George Edmund Street, a highly original, influential and radical Gothic Revivalist architect.

The artists have created site-specific works to reinvent and reinterpret this intimate space exploring issues such as ritual and spirituality, memory and presence, death and transfiguration and work which challenges the notion of revivalism today in our post-Brexit Britain and post-Trump victory.

Revive! is the second part of a two-fold project began by Pompe and devised in reaction to Frieze Art Fair. The Dionysian procession led its followers along Regent’s Park canal via a series of performances and culminated in the crypt where Revive! will take place.

Participating artists: STASIS, Pavel Pepperstein, Adam Barker-Mill, Hans Rosenström, Carolyn Barker-Mill, Alan Magee, Jonathan McCree, Niklas Gustafson and Col Self.

Galitzine MacKenzie’s exhibitions are often motivated by a desire to draw attention to and include local communities. Revive! continues this ambition. The church, together with the Paddington Development Trust, are raising funds to create a community and heritage hub in order to enrich, regenerate and bring greater cultural cohesion to the local area as well as to support the restoration of the Grade 1 listed church building. Revive! aims to draw attention to this cause and the project will reach out to various vibrant community groups active in the area.

Please donate generously here to their cause here and help make this project a reality.

Westbourne Summer Festival

Saturday, May 28th, 2016

Come and celebrate HAPPINESS together!

Join us for this year’s Westbourne Festival by the canal. As always it will be an afternoon of entertainment run for the community by the community!

There will be something for everyone: LIVE STAGE with music & dance performances, drumming and juggling, children’s games and family activities like Petting zoo, Bouncy castle, the Floating showroom with the creepy crawlies shows, Paddle boarding and canoeing, Sports competitions, the Health area with free checks & treatments from 20 organisations, raffle prizes, barbecue and food stalls… and much more!

Last year festival was fantastic: join in to make this year festival even bigger and better!

Also if you can give a helping hand on the day, please contact Paola 07923379841 to volunteer a few hours, get time credits in return and free lunch!
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St Mary Mags project gets planning permission

Friday, December 18th, 2015

St Mary Magdalene’s in Paddington with Father Henry and members of the community.The St Mary Magdalene Paddington’s Living Heritage project has now got planning permission. On Tuesday evening Westminster Council’s planning committee gave approval for a new building to adjoin St Mary Magdalene Church, which will allow it to operate as a centre for arts and heritage. ( Please click here for press release. )

Over 100 residents and local organisations wrote to the Council supporting the proposals. The whole Mary Mags team thanks everyone for their support and their efforts on behalf of the project. It’s been tremendous, and has helped get us to this stage.

Planning permission gives the green light to proceed to our next and most challenging task – raising another £2.5 million by next July, to match £4.3 million already identified from the Heritage Lottery Fund and others. This will fund the new building, works to repair and conserve the church, and a major programme of heritage and cultural activities. ( You can see a model of the new building in the photo. )

We’ll be updating the website and will keep you informed of progress as we head into 2016 ( see www.marymags.org ). Or do get in touch for more information – toby@pdt.org.uk.

St Mary Magdalene Church Refurbishment Project

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Creative work in the churchIt’s time to stand up and be counted about one of the most exciting developments in Westbourne. Most local people will have heard of the plan to refurbish St Mary Magdalene Church (the one with the tall red and white stripy spire by the canal) and to build a new Heritage and Learning Centre in the small gap between this church and St Mary Magdalene School.

Now, after four years of design and consultation managed by Paddington Development Trust, architects’ plans are finally lodged with the Planning Department at Westminster Council. So, if planning permission is granted, the Mary Mags Project will be able to bid for significant sums from Heritage Lottery, who have backed the development so far. The central idea behind the scheme is to restore the church to its former important position in Paddington life, but in a way which will benefit all local communities, regardless of faith.

There are plans for a new classroom, a cafe, training schemes, apprenticeships and cultural and artistic programmes. With Lottery funding the Church can be restored (did you know it houses famous works of art by artists like William Morris?) and, with the addition of a new Heritage Centre, start to act as a social and cultural hub for Westbourne, thus helping to bring together our many communities.

Creative work in the churchReaders of this site are encouraged to make their views on this development known to the Council before the deadline date of 4th November. To do this:

Go to the Westminster City Council website: https://www.westminster.gov.uk/

  1. Click on ‘Planning applications and decisions’
  2. Click on ‘Search now’
  3. Enter the case reference number: 15/07195/FULL
  4. Click on ‘Make a Comment’, and follow the instructions

A supplementary school at the heart of Westbourne

Friday, May 29th, 2015

streetview of Westminster AcademyIf you happen to do your shopping at the Parade in Harrow Road, or simply to walk along Westminster Academy on a Saturday morning, you may have wondered why Westminster Academy is so busy at that time, while Academy students are off for the weekend.

Well, wonder no longer. The Academy hosts El Nour Supplementary School, a long standing initiative of the African Women Group (one of our local voluntary organisations). The school provides children whose parents are Arabic speakers with comprehensive teaching in Arabic and the Kuran. This is to encourage children to value their family roots and cultural heritage while enabling them to validate their knowledge of Arabic through official exams. In the recent years, an increasing number of students have chosen to take GCSE Arabic, and have achieved the best grades.