What’s been happening?

Welcome to the latest newsletter for the Restoration project at Hackney Church. The last month has been busy with scaffold erection complete, new floor levels being installed and a visit from the new Bishop of Stepney and the Bishop of London.

Main works continue

Main works inside St John at Hackney continue. Scaffolding in the nave is now fully erected, and installation of new floor levels has begun in the south wing, including the installation of a new staircase. External groundworks are also on the verge of completion. In the Urswick Chapel, the Lymsey Slab has been moved to a more prominent location on the north wall.

Some recent images and a time-lapse video from the building site can be seen below.

New Bishop of Stepney

On Tuesday 7th May, Hackney Church was delighted to host the newly announced Bishop of Stepney, The Venerable Dr Joanne Woolway Grenfell, and the Bishop of London, The Rt Revd Sarah Mullally. Guests were led on a tour of the Restoration project at St John at Hackney by Rector Al Gordon, and were also hosted for lunch at the Hackney Church Brew Co. We wish the new Bishop every success in her new post, and look forward to working with her.

Reminiscence event

On Thursday 4th July, we are hosting a community meal inviting people to share their memories of living and working in Hackney and of Hackney Church. The event is being organised by Heritage Apprentice Debbie Ogunseye, and will be free of charge. More information will follow in the next monthly news update. To register to attend the event, email restoration@hackney.church. The event will be hosted at St Luke at Hackney church, and there are twenty-five spaces available.

Hackney Archives Visit

On Saturday 13th April, Zac Lloyd from Hackney Church hosted a community visit to Hackney Archives. The visit included two short talks, and a chance to view a range of historic items bringing Hackney Church’s rich history to life, involuting photos, documents, maps and drawings. Another visit to Hackney Archives is planned for the autumn, the date for which will be confirmed in due course. For more information about Hackney Church’s Digital Archive project, email restoration@hackney.church.