What’s been happening?

Welcome to the latest newsletter for the Restoration project at Hackney Church. The last month has seen decoration continue throughout the building, joinery installation nearing completion and lighting tests beginning.

Main works continue

Main works inside St John at Hackney continue. Final decoration in the nave and south wing is well underway. Glass doors are being installed in the main lobby, and joinery installation in the nave is nearing completion. Outside, construction of new permanent access ramps has begun, with historic stonework repair also complete. Restoration of the parquet floor has also begun.

Volunteer Recruitment

The Restoration project is bringing Hackney Church’s rich history to life, through a range of events and activities. We need volunteers to help us, to use their interests and skills to tell our story. For more information on how you or someone you know can get involved with our Heritage, Garden or Beekeeping Crews, email restoration@hackney.church.

Podcast project

We are launching a podcast project this spring, collecting and recording memories of living and working in Hackney and of Hackney Church. A series of short podcasts will be produced to be added to the Hackney Church website. If you or someone you know might be interested in sharing their story, get in touch. We are also looking for volunteers to help with recording and producing the podcasts, with training included: restoration@hackney.church.

Schools Programme

This year Hackney Church is launching a brand new educational outreach programme, offering school trips, lessons and activity ideas for schools across Hackney on local and church history, religious education and more. If your school is interested in finding out more, or you know a school that might be, email: restoration@hackney.church.


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