Newsletter 110

3 Chances to visit in September

Our Open Days this year have been very successful with lots of visitors. If you have not had a chance to visit the Chapel lately you have three opportunities in September. On 9th September is our normal Open Day when we will be open from 10 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.

The following weekend is London Open House Weekend when we will be open on Saturday 16th September from 10 am to 4 p.m and Sunday 17th from 1 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. . Why not come along in September and reacquaint your self with this beautiful gem in Ilford.



As many of you will know or have heard we have been given a large bequest from Father John Barnes estate. The committee had a long discussion on what to do with the money and it was decided that we would look into getting the heating in the Chapel replaced. As many of you know you either freeze or boil, there is no happy medium. The idea is to replace the heating with something that will give a constant temperature which will give the dampness a chance to dry out and help preserve the building. This will not happen over night. The Trustees have agreed but now we have to get an architect to draw up designs and this has to be approved by English Heritage, and once all approved we will have to find a firm to do the job. So be patient and hopefully we will have a warm chapel in a couple of years time.

Over the last few years we have had several benefactors who have left various amount of money to the Chapel. Most of it was used to buy the new Altar Frontals, which have arrived, are now in use and very beautiful.

To give thanks to Father Barnes and all the other Benefactors we will be having a Service of Dedication at which the new Altar Frontals will be blessed.

This will take place on Sunday 22nd October at 4 p.m. and will take the form of Evensong.



The shows are never performed these days,

but their songs live on forever!

Our friends from the Kenneth More Theatre are putting on a concert to raise money to help preserve the Chapel.

This will take place on Saturday 7th October starting at 3 p.m.

Tickets £8.00 if paid for by 30th September. Tickets after 1st October or on the door £10.00 (including tea and cake)

Get your tickets now, from Barbara Westcott (

117 Levett Gardens, Ilford IG3 9BX. Tel:- 020 8597 0811

Please enclose a S,A,E if you want your tickets sent by post, or can be collected at the door on the day.

Just a warning we sold out at the last concert the KMT performed for us.



Yes I know you have only just got over your holiday, or may be looking forward to it, but the way time seems to fly by these days, it will be here before we know it. Our Christmas Bazaar is taking place in the Chapel on Saturday 25th November. Apart from making a note in your diary we are asking if you have any items you do not want that we can sell. Items for the Tombola, Bric-a-Brac stall, Books, Items for the Lucky Bags, CD’s or DVD’s. Toiletries, unwanted gifts but please NO CLOTHES or Jumble.

Items can be delivered to the Chapel any Thursday between 11.30 a.m. to 12.30 or from 1.30 p.m. to 2 p.m. when someone will be in the Chapel or on any of our Days when we will be open, and can we thank you in advance for all your donations.


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Our first two Open Days have been very successful, and once again we must thank those from TFL and Crossrail for their support. We appealed in the last news letter for people to train to be guides. This had a good response and we are pleased to welcome Joanna Unbanek and Peter Hazeldine who have agreed to become guides at the Chapel.   We are also in need of helpers at Open Days. We only have one person in addition to Father Martin who is able to lift the tables for the stalls. These are normally put out on the Thursday before the Open Day at about 1.30 p.m. after the 12.35 p.m. service, and cleared away after the Open Day itself. It is not only the tables that need moving, but the chairs as well. If you are fit and able to help move the furniture it would be greatly appreciated, we are also in need of helpers on the stalls. If you think you could lend a hand please let us know, you will be made very welcome.

Friends AGM

On Monday 12th June we will be holding our AGM in the Chapel starting at 7.30 p.m. this will be followed by light refreshments.

Because of committee members moving on we have one or two vacancies on the Committee. What does being a committee member involve ? We meet about once every two months, normally on a Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. following the 12.35 p.m. service, We get updates on the upkeep of the Chapel and forthcoming events. No experience is necessary. If you are interested on being on the Committee of the Friends or would like to find out more, please contact the Acting Chairman before the AGM so you can be proposed at that meeting.


The London Open House Weekend

Is a week earlier than we advertised

It is on the Weekend of Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you.


Future Events 2017

                      Monday 12th June – A.G.M. in the Chapel at 7.30 p.m.

                      Saturday 8th July – Open Day

Tuesday 1st August – Tickets for ‘Gone. But Not Forgotten’ go on sale

Saturday 9th September – Open Day

Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th September – London Open House Weekend

Saturday 7th October – Gone, But Not Forgotten – Show of Songs @ 3.p.m.

Saturday 25th November – Christmas Bazaar


Forthcoming Event


An afternoon of songs many of which you will know but, the shows they came from have been forgotten or are never performed these days.

The Concert will be held in the Chapel on

Saturday 7th October – 3 p.m.

Tickets in advance £8.00

(If paid by 30th September)

Tickets after 1st October or on the door


Including tea & cakes

The Concert has been arranged by our President

Vyvian Ellacott and performers from the

Kenneth More Theatre

who are giving us their services free of charge

Tickets are available from 1st August

and can be purchased from Barbara Westcott

117 Levett Gardens, Ilford, IG3 9BX

Tel: 020 8597 0811


Newsletter 108

A happy new year to all our members and a big thank you to all who supported our Christmas Bazaar last November. The final result was £1456.77, our best ever total.

The success of the Bazaar was however, tinged with sadness for a few days after the event we received a letter of resignation from Cllr. Joyce Ryan, our chairman. Cllr. Ryan said that because of other commitments she felt she could no longer give as much time to the Chapel as she would like. The committee were all shocked at her decision as over the years she has contributed to the Chapel in many different ways, including during her year as Mayor of Redbridge, by donating part of her Mayor’s appeal to the Chapel as well as in our negotiations with the council.

It was agreed unanimously that the Vice-chair, Barbara Westcott, MBE, would take the lead until our next AGM. On behalf of the Committee, Barbara is sending Joyce a letter of thanks, and enclosing a small gift of appreciation for all she has done for us across the years.


It’s very nice dear, but what on earth am I going to do with that?

We hope you all had a very enjoyable Christmas, but now is the time to decide what to do with that present you were given that you will never use, or is a perfume you cannot stand. Answer to your problem. Donate it to the Chapel. We are always looking for new and nearly new items to sell, or put away for the Christmas Bazaar.

Any thing saleable, but please no clothing or jumble.

We need items for the bric-a-brac, paperback books, CD’s or DVD’s. stalls. As well as empty Gift Bags for next years Bazaar, toiletries, etc.

If you have any items please either bring them to an Open Day, or any Thursday Morning. The Chapel is normally open from around 11 .15 a.m. for the service held at 12.35 p.m. and someone is normally in the Chapel until 2 p.m.


Are You Interested In History?

Are you or anyone you know interested in History? At one time we had four or five guides at the Chapel to take people round on Open Days. Unfortunately most of them have passed away, and we now only have one guide, Martin Fairhurst, who does a marvellous job, but even he needs a day off occasionally, and if we had more than one guide it would give Martin a rest. It has been know for him to do four or five tours on one day, one after the other.

If you are interested in History, and would like to know more about Ilford’s oldest building and then pass that information on to others, give Martin a ring (his phone number is on the reverse side) and have a talk to him, he would be only too pleased to have some help.


Help ! – We Need Somebody

(As the Beetles song nearly goes)

Just before the Christmas Bazaar, Sheila Leake who as many of you know with her partner Bill and Gwen ran the kitchen at all our events was taken ill. Sheila is on the mend but, is not back to full health yet. On top of that Gwen Dodkins husband Ken who was very frail and in hospital, passed away in January.

This leaves us very short in the kitchen for open days and also other events. Father Martin’s wife Jan has offered to help when she can but we do need more help at our Open Days. Can you give a few hours four or five times a year to help out at the chapel. Not only do we need help in the kitchen but also on some of the stalls. Many are run by just one person, which means they do not always have a chance to look around or have a break. If you are able to volunteer please let any of the committee know. Our next open day is on Saturday 11th March, from 9.30 a.m. to about 2.30 p.m. Please help to keep our Open Days going.