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Rector’s Jottings (No.37/ 2017)

Dear friends,

SHAPING OUR FUTURE TOGETHER: An update from the Development Group

As you know our project now has a name: “HPC 60/60”. This is a reference to the approaching 60th anniversary of the church being rebuilt on Cranley Gardens following the destruction of the former St George’s (now Hornsey Parish Church) in the Second World War. We chose this name with the idea that we are today at a similar turning point, with the opportunity to re-envisage our site so that it can best meet the challenges of the next 60 years.

The first phase of our consultation process, held in September, consisted of conversations with stakeholders – including congre- gation members, hirers of our community spaces, local residents, businesses and councillors – in an intense series of activities.

We got a huge amount of positive feedback about the opportunities
 of the project, whilst many respondents also took the chance to record their affection for some of the features of the existing site and facilities.  Our expectation that parking would be a key concern was also borne out in the discussions.

Local councillors and residents expressed the hope that HPC could become a community hub, bringing people together across this culturally and socially diverse area. Others saw an opportunity to address local problems such as the lack of affordable housing and cuts in public services.

A second phase of consultation activities took place in October. Participants, drawn from current users of the church and community facilities, were encouraged to imagine how our site, with the church remaining in its current position, could be transformed in order to serve our present and potential stakeholders whilst also improving our visibility in the community.

The feedback we received during these activities is being considered carefully by the Development Group, to help them advise the architects on key features and detail of the design. At the same time, the architects are looking at a pre-application meeting, and together with representatives of the Development Group, they will be meeting Haringey’s Planning Department to know more about their requirements.

The next step in the consultation process will be an exhibition
of the initial ideas in which we will also be gathering feedback. Come along and tell us what you think! The exhibition will be launched in the church hall at the Christmas Market on Friday 24th November and will then move to the church where it will remain until early January.

Follow our progress on and click on News & Events / Development project.


Upcoming events
Baptism Sunday
Sunday, 19 November 2017 00:00
About once a month we have a baptism as part of the Parish Eucharist at 10.30am, and a Baptism Sunday is coming up. We really value this sacrament, which is about joining the community of the Body of Christ, being celebrated in the midst…
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Sacred Space
Sunday, 19 November 2017 18:00
Sacred Space is a simple, pared down service which includes the Eucharist, lasting 45 minutes, with lots of space for silence and contemplation and a short homily on prayer. The church is open from 5.30pm for those who wish to stay in si…
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Wednesday, 22 November 2017 11:00
Lady Chapel, Hornsey Parish Church
This month of November our Wednesday Eucharists will be requiems, where we pray for those who have died. If you would like us to pray for someone known to you, please write their name on the sheet at the back of Church on the appropriate…
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Christmas Market
Friday, 24 November 2017 00:00
A really popular stall last year wasKatharine Ward’s Craftsand we are delighted that it’s returning this year selling beautiful gifts and decorations. The Mothers Union are very keen for more offerings of cakes and biscuits etc for …
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Contemplative Prayer Group
Tuesday, 28 November 2017 20:15
Our Contemplative Prayer group meets each Tuesday 8.15-9pm. Teaching is offered each week, and advice on practice to any newcomers to help make best use of 25 mins of silent prayer and meditation offered at the group meeting each week.
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Latest news
Winter Night Shelter
Wednesday, 18 October 2017 13:42
On the 17th of November we will be hosting an open night for the Winter Night Shelter. This will be an opportunity to learn about the Shelter and how to be more involved in order for us to be prepared for hosting the Winter Night Shelter…
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