St Mary’s story
Located in the historic heart of Walthamstow Village, St Mary’s Church is Walthamstow’s oldest building and is now undergoing major renovations to make it an inclusive, accessible community gathering space and a centre of arts and culture alongside being a working church.
We’re inviting you to be a part of the history-making regeneration of one of Walthamstow’s most-loved and notable buildings – the church where artist William Morris was baptised with connections to dozens of other local legends, from Monoux to Maynard.
We’ve partnered with the National Lottery Heritage Fund on this exciting project, which will see the creation of a gallery/ museum space, as well as a cafe inside the church, but we still need to raise money from the wider community in order to get our doors open by the end of the year.
To make this Grade II*-listed 12th century building more flexible and accessible, we are removing the 100 year-old ground-floor pews and replacing them with beautiful chairs, which will increase the number and variety of events we will be able to host in the church.
To help with this, we are inviting individuals and local businesses to sponsor one or more of these chairs, which have been selected for their beauty, durability and ‘stackability’!
By sponsoring a chair, each of which costs £250, you will not only ensure that Walthamstow’s ancient church and oldest building becomes a centre of arts and culture – one that is open to the whole community, throughout the week – but you will also be able to include a short dedication, engraved on a plaque, that will be attached to each chair you sponsor. After you have made your donation, a member of the team will contact you to confirm your dedication.
For a donation of £50 or more, you will receive a certificate of thanks and a special history booklet.
To sponsor a chair (or chairs) in support of this unique Walthamstow project please give by clicking the 'donate now' tab above.
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