|St Martin's in Hale Gardens Goes To The Auctions|
Historic Acton Church appeals for help to address financial deficit caused by Covid
An historic Acton church is appealing to the community to get involved in its bid to get financially back on track.
St Martin's prides itself on being an integral part of the community, ''welcoming and warm, open liberal and inclusive'' and hosts the Japanese Anglican Church (U.K.) with services held in Japanese. Twyford Church of England High School, uses St Martin’s for school services, and the clergy provide a chaplaincy service to the Acton Care Centre.
It was built to serve the new and growing population developing in West London as a result of the extension of the Piccadilly Line during the latter part of the 19th century and consecrated on St Martin's Day, 11th November 1906 by Bishop Arthur Foley Winnington-Ingram, Bishop of London from 1902 to 1938.
During the 1930s vestries were added to the building and during the 1960s a hall and church flat (St Martin’s Cottage) were built. Amongst distinguished members of the clergy was Rev’d ‘Harry’ Clement Williams who was vicar from 1920 to 1938. He died in 1986 aged 106, being then the oldest living Anglican priest in the world.
Recently, Archbishops Justin Welby and Stephen Cottrell addressed the Church of England’s General Synod and spoke about it being a time of trauma, loss and struggle for all and that many challenges and crises would have to be faced.
A special auction will be taking place next month and a variety of prizes are on offer to the highest bidders.
Rev Julia Palmer, Vicar of St Martin’s said: “We are doing this auction online this year instead of having our normal Christmas Fare because of the Coronavirus Pandemic. Our hope is that this event this will be fun as well as a good fund raiser helping us to get ‘Back on Track’. So do join us and buy something at our auction or you could just make a donation. (Bank details are: sort code: 40 11 58, account number 60482676)
''Clearly 2020 has been the most trying of years and churches, other religious institutions and community groups play a very important part in society to prevent loneliness and isolation.
"If we can help through donations, participation and printing the posters, I am proud that Go View London can offer something in a small way to the overall effort by everyone at St Martin's.'"
If you can donate to the auction, or want to put an advanced bid in contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Church is also hoping to raise some additional funds by selling home made candles in a teacup and these can be bought from the parish office for