St Marylebone: Changing Lives secures National Lottery Support
It was announced on Monday 24th June 2019 that St Marylebone Parish Church in central London has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £2.965m as part of an £8.6m project. The grant will help St Marylebone to replace its failed Georgian roof and undertake conservation repairs and access improvements which will not only preserve the building but ensure that the parish church continues to change lives after more than 900 years of place naming and place making. The grant has been made possible by money raised by National Lottery players and it is hoped that the project will be completed by 2022.
St Marylebone: Changing Lives will:
- Remove the parish church from the Historic England National Buildings at Risk Register by replacing the roof and stabilising the roof structure.
- Provide fully accessible access and enhanced community spaces.
- Repair and conserve the historic fabric of the parish church.
- Encourage visitors to learn about St Marylebone, “the great city north of Oxford Street”, the area which takes its name from its parish church. And the communities and people who made and make the Marylebone what it is today.
- Fund eight six month placements in partnership with the Building Crafts College and cultural heritage organisations
- Create more than 100 volunteer roles across the project
The Rector of St Marylebone, the Revd Canon Dr Stephen Evans, writes, “I am delighted that the National Lottery Heritage Fund will help us to restore our buildings so that we can continue our work of changing lives through building and shaping community, combatting loneliness and isolation in a great world city, working with people living with dementia and visual impairment, offering low-cost and no-cost psychotherapy and resourcing students and young people. The award of £2.965 million will, I hope, help us to attract other funders not least from within the St Marylebone community,”
The monumental building serves a diverse population of 62,000 in prosperous St Marylebone but also offers comfort and self-respect to some of the most vulnerable people in society: people who are homeless, abused, mentally ill, coping with chronic ill health, living with dementia or facing terminal illness. The NHS GP surgery which caters for more than 10,000 patients is housed in the parish church’s crypt, alongside the St Marylebone Healing and Counselling Centre which has been offering low- and no-cost access to psychotherapy for more than 30 years. Changing Lives will help continue the work that we do already and enable us to expand our work with schools and universities, hospitals and medical institutions and our work with children, young people and the elderly.
People connected with St Marylebone have shaped the world through music, art, architecture, literature, invention and innovation, medicine and healthcare, but their stories of national and international heritage are not celebrated.
Changing Lives will tell these stories, from the workhouse inmate who collected English folk songs to the doctor who helped Alexander Fleming develop antibiotics, via the stories of leading members of the Honourable East India Company and world-famous philanthropists, politicians and writers.
Changing Lives is St Marylebone’s twenty-first century opportunity to honour our inheritance and provide a more hopeful future encompassing the minds, bodies and spirits all with whom we come into contact.
The Rt Revd and Rt Revd Dame Sarah Mullally, DBE, PC,
Bishop of London
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