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Chadwell Heath church looking for help to fund a new ‘community’ coffee shop

PUBLISHED: 18:30 31 January 2017

The Reverend Martin Court, vicar of St Chad's church who is looking for funding to build a coffee shop in front of the church

The Reverend Martin Court, vicar of St Chad's church who is looking for funding to build a coffee shop in front of the church

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Church leaders have seen their plans to build and open a new coffee shop approved.

The Reverend Martin Court, vicar of St Chad's church who is looking for funding to build a coffee shop in front of the churchThe Reverend Martin Court, vicar of St Chad's church who is looking for funding to build a coffee shop in front of the church

St Chad’s, in Eric Road, Chadwell Heath, are to start the development of the £600,000 venture on the front of the building, which has stood for more than 100 years.

They’ve got enough money to start placing the footings, but are hoping businesses, residents and organisations can offer them funding to complete the rest of the shop.

Reverend Martin Court said: “We are aware that Chadwell Heath does not need another coffee shop or restaurant, but it does need a venue that breaks isolation, is warm and safe and offers care beyond cups of tea and sausage rolls, although people love those too.

“We’ve got the money for the footings, but we’d love for someone to come forward and support us with some funding to complete the coffee shop.”

Rev Court, who is the vicar at the church, is keen to get the ball rolling to offer church-goers and the wider community a place to meet new people.

“It will be a space where people can come and chat, meet others and build relationships.

“This will be a place where anyone can find a listening ear, and a place where all are valued for who they are,” he said.

There are also plans being lined up to extend and refurbish the church grounds, as well as the building itself in the near future.

“Generations have partnered with us at the touch points of their lives and, with our weekly program of outreach in our hall complex, we are a church that is truly seen as serving its community.

“We want to increase that community provision and our coffee shop annex, designed sympathetically in glass where possible to allow the original church frontage to remain visible.

“This will be the first phase of the redesigning of our site to enable that growth,” he added.

Visit saintchadschadwellheath.org.uk or call 020 8597 8076 to help or for more information.


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