Celebration as centre reopens
£350k revamp at community facility
A YIEWSLEY community centre was due to reopen this week following a £350k upgrade.
The Bishop of Willesden, the Rt Revd Pete Broadbent ( pictured), was due to re-open the St Matthew’s Church Centre in High Street, on Tuesday (July 21) at 11.30am as the Gazette went to press.
Work started last August on an extension and overhaul of the hall’s features and facilities.
Improvements include a new kitchen, improved disabled access, new floors and lighting, storage space and an office, as well as ‘play walls’ for pupils at St Matthew’s School when they visit.
In planning the work, the Church Council consulted with existing users, councillors, and St Matthew’s School staff, governors and pupils about what improvements they would like.
Reverend Richard Young said: “This is the realisation of a vision going back more than 20 years to transform our building into a beautiful, flexible space able to serve our local community for many years to come.
“We are very proud of what has been achieved and very grateful to all the organisations and individuals who have supported us. This will be a time of celebration.”
The project was led by St Matthew’s Church, Yiewsley, and benefited from a £95k Hillingdon Community Trust grant as well as £40k from The Veolia Environmental Trust (via the Landfill Communities Fund). The Diocese of London Willesden Area Council gave £15k and Garfield Weston Foundation and St Matthew’s School each contributed £10k.
The Bishop of Willesden said: “I am delighted that this exciting project has come to fruition.
“It shows how things can be transformed and how much can be achieved when people share a vision and work together.”