We are immensely proud of Pat Davies, one of the longest standing members of our congregation. Pat (96) has recently been awarded the Légion d’Honneur, the highest French order of merit today for her work during the Second World War. Pat Davies was one of the 'Bletchley Girls', working at listening stations around the coast, eavesdropping on German naval radio transmissions and relaying the content to the code breakers at Bletchley Park. “It was interesting work – exciting and serious in equal measure. We didn’t know the significance of the messages we passed on, but we knew the work we were doing was important.” The French Ambassador said the award was given for "her "bravery and remarkable contributions to the liberation of our country. We are forever grateful for your commitment and sacrifices". Pat has also been granted The Freedom of the Borough by Hounslow Council. This is the highest honour that a council can bestow and the tradition is maintained as a means whereby public recognition is given to the recipients as an expression of the highest esteem in which they are held by the council and people of the borough.
Volunteering is a vital part of what makes us who we are at St Paul's. Much ot the work we do is not directly connected to our Christian mission and we have many active volunteers who like to play their part in the local community, but who are not necessarily interested in coming along to church services! If that sounds like you, and you'd like to join a very friendly team, then please get in touch! You can do as much or as little as you feel able! As you can see below, whether it's working on the bar, manning a barbecue, helping out at the tea club or selling tickets; there will be something you can contribute! For any volunteering roles, please talk to:
Michael 020 8987 0312 firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some of our most regular volunteers, Jill, John, Jane and Jenny. John organises many of our musical events, and Jenny has organised the catering side of things for St Paul's for more years than she cares to remember!
Julian has put together many high profile fundraising events for the church. Here he is happily playing the stooge at one of our highly successful comedy nights!
We are so lucky to have West End Director Michael Reed as one of our most regular and longest serving volunteers on the musical side of things at St Paul's. Mike has written and directed many fabulous and memorable events at the church and also often plays the organ for us when we don't have a permanent organist!
St Paul's Church is a vibrant part of the Grove Park community and as such is used for many different things! Have a look on the What We Do page to find the times of our church services . We also have regular concerts in the space which has wonderful acoustics and can easily seat around 300 people. As well as our organ, we have a superb grand piano in the church which can be booked for recitals. We have recently upgraded the lighting system in the church and our new multi-spot system has many different settings which can be adjusted to suit your needs. We also now have a high quality Bose sound system in place with speakers throughout the church. St Paul's is used for lunches, study groups, quiz nights, coffee mornings, school visits, community meetings and more! Please talk to our vicar email@example.com if you would like to book the church for a concert or other event.
Our Community Hall
The St Paul's Community Hall (also known as the Isis rooms) adjoins the church and can be accessed through the church and also from two separate outside doors. (The upstairs Isis Rooms are currently rented by a local business.) The Community Hall has recently been fully decorated and is a lovely light bright space. The floor is wooden, and there are plenty of tables and chairs. There is a serving hatch through to the hall from the kitchen, which is well equipped with a sink, oven, hob and microwave.
The St Paul's Community Hall can be booked for any local group or meeting and the current programme really does have something for everyone, from yoga to life drawing plus lots of different excercise classes including Pilates. There is also a regular Tea Club - which is a drop-in event, and a good chance to get to know your neighbours and make some new friends!
If you are a local parent with small children then the Stay and Play groups may well be for you; they are the perfect way to meet other families in the area! These are friendly sessions for babies, crawlers, cruisers and pre-schoolers. No need to book, just come along! They are every Thursday from 9:30-11.30am. Contact Shelagh Allsop 07710 385839 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information There is a voluntary charge of £3 per session, per family. There's lots of fun to be had, inside and out as you can see in the pictures below!
The Community Hall is also available for booking for parties on Saturdays and Sunday afternoons and is a very popular venue for birthdays and other celebrations! It leads out into a private and completely enclosed garden which contains benches and some children's play equipment making it a superb venue for a fabulous family function!
If you would like to book the Community Hall or just to have a look round then please talk to Anusha on 07515 137483 or you can email her at email@example.com.
As well as the garden adjoining the Community Hall, we are very fortunate to have a large and lovely garden next to the church which is a rare thing in London! We often have our own parties in it and it provided a beautiful setting for the party to celebrate Meghan and Harry's wedding in 2018 as well as previously providing a gorgeous setting for a Jubilee supper, the Open Air performances by the St Michael's Players of A Misdummer Night's Dream and Salad Days and a summer ceilidh to mark the opening of the Olympics! There is room to pitch a marquee or gazebos, and it is an ideal place for a wedding breakfast. Do talk to Michael firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 8987 0132 if you are planning your big day at St Paul's and would like to include the garden in your festivities or would like to book it for any other occasion!
Rev'd Michael Riley
St Paul's Church
64 Grove Park Road
London W4 3SB
020 8987 0312
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