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Breaking the Chains

 An exhibition on the theme of Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking, in Tower Gallery from 16 October - 6 November 2014. In partnership with Rosetta Art Centre and supported by Transform Newham. With thanks to Chris Simpson. More info here.

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Local Heroes: First World War Stories

 Some photos from the opening of the First World War Stories exhibition on 11 November 2014. 

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Spring Market 31 May 2014

 On a sunny Saturday after a week of rain, the forecourt outside the church and the Swift Centre held a Spring Market, where all kinds of people sold things they had grown or made. 

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The Moscow Project

 The second exhibition in Tower Gallery opened on 20 March 2014. The Moscow Project, a group exhibition by photographic collective MAP6 will be open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 2 - 5 pm until 8 May, with late opening until 8 pm on the first Thursday of each month.

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The Big Dig 2014

 The NOSH garden welcomed Spring with an open afternoon on 23 March as part of the Big Dig weekend for community growing spaces. 

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Phase 3 Building Repairs

In 2013 we completed the third and final phase of high-level repairs needed to make the Memorial Church building watertight. We are grateful for a generous "Repair Grant for Listed Places of Worship" (HLF/English Heritage) towards the work, and grants from the National Churches Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, Allchurches Trust, Alan Evans Memorial Trust and the Friends of Essex Churches Trust as well as donations from many individuals. Thanks to the National Churches Trust we were able to restore all the leaded windows. And at the same time, a grant from the Veolia Environmental Trust paid for the replacement of leaking skylights, windows and french doors in the Welcome Centre, the extension at the back of the building. Completion of the work was marked on Sunday 15 December with a hymn and a prayer outside the building, and cake in the Welcome Centre afterwards. 

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Westminster Abbey

 On 28 November 2013, Memorial Community Church was represented at a special service at Westminster Abbey to mark the 60th Anniversary of the National Churches Trust, one of the funders of our building repairs and redevelopment. Development manager Philippa King was briefly interviewed about the church during the service and Rev Mark Janes, Janet Waithaka and Ian McClue processed through the Abbey carrying banners illustrating the work of the National Churches Trust. The NCT has more photos

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Tower Gallery

Housed in the Bell Tower of Memorial Community Church, this new art gallery has opened thanks to a partnership with Newham's Rosetta Art Centre. Its first exhibition, Art Arising, is open from 20 September - 13 December 2013. Some photos are from the launch event, others from a Christmas Craft evening on the first Thursday in December. 

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Ride and Stride 2013

 A team of nine cyclists rode around 30 miles of Essex countryside as part of this national fundraising event for historic church buildings. It was a wet day, and this year our route happened to take in no churches offering tea and cake! But most of the church buildings were open to visit, and there were extra stops to pick blackberries along the way. We ended at a cafe in Epping before taking the tube (and more cycling from Leyton or Stratford) to get home. 

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NOSH Garden

Early in 2012 we started planning to make a small food growing space at the back of the church, with healthy cooking and eating sessions using the vegetables. Almost as soon as we  had thought of the idea, we won £1,500 from Grow For Gold to get started! Then there are photos showing the progress of the NOSH garden as we get started and get growing. Some are from an Open Afternoon on 21 April 2012 to celebrate the refurbishment of the community space at the back of the building as well as the new garden, others from the Big Dig in April 2013. And then there are photos of the NOSH 'pop-up cafe', a six-week pilot project in May-June 2012 cooking a cheap, healthy lunch in the big hall at the front of the building. 

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National Churches Trust Visit 24 April 2013

 On Wednesday 24 April 2013 Memorial Community Church welcomed visitors from the National Churches Trust as part of its 60th anniversary year celebrations. including its vice-patron, HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO.

The National Churches trust has awarded two generous grants towards work on the church building.

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Big Dig 2013

 The NOSH Garden Open Day took place on Saturday 16 March 2013 as part of The Big Dig, a national day to encourage new volunteers to get involved in their local community garden before the growing season. It was a wet, cold and windy day, so it was good to have a gazebo in the garden, and hot soup, tea and coffee, and home-made cake inside, along with crafts, a gardening quiz and some enterprising young people selling bags and T-shirts. We're looking forward to a small group of rain-proof volunteers joining Alice to do great things in the garden this year!

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Harvest Market 29 September 2012

 On Saturday 29 September we held a Local Growers' Harvest Market in Plaistow. It took place on the forecourt of Memorial Church and the Swift Centre next door, and across the road at Cornerstone Cafe. 

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Baptisms June 2012

 Photos taken by Matthew Crisp at the baptism service of Ammah, Ola and Olalu in June 2012.

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Ride and Stride 2012

 As part of the national Sponsored Ride + Stride event, organised in our area by the Friends of Essex Churches, four cyclists: Edwin, Cecil, Clive and Shola did a 30 mile bike ride around churches in Essex. Philippa and Yvonne joined an ecumenical group of 'striders' walking round churches in Newham, including Memorial where Hilary provided refreshments and a few particularly energetic visitors climbed the stairs to the belfry to see the bells. The event is to raise funds for repairs to historic churches  - including our roof and you can do so via our justgiving page

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Big Screen Cafe

 From 27 July - 12 August the front hall at Memorial Community Church was the venue for a pop-up cafe where people could come together to watch the Olympic events projected on a big screen. Volunteers from nine local charities as well as the church served light refreshments. 

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Jubilee Party

 A street party organised for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee by local charity Alternatives, residents of the sheltered housing in Rowntree Clifford Close and the Over 50s Mobility Scooter Club was moved into the church due to wet weather - bouncy castle and all. 

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Welcome Centre Refurbishment

 In April 2012 essential refurbishment of the Welcome Centre at the back of the church building was completed. As well as new boilers supplying the whole building, disabled access was improved with new doorways and entry system, and new separate male, female and fully accessible toilets will benefit all users of the community spaces in this part of the building including the Welcome Centre, creche, Plus Centre and NOSH garden. An Open Afternoon on 21 April to celebrate the completion of the work welcomed those who use the Welcome Centre including families from the We Are Family Club and older people from the Friendship Group, plus other visitors and  local people visiting for the first time. The event also launched the new NOSH garden and pop-up cafe with healthy food and gardening for all ages. We are very grateful to all who helped fund this refurbishment including the Big Lottery Fund, City Bridge Trust, National Churches Trust and Trusthouse Charitable Foundation. 



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Bell Tower repair project 2011

Between May and November 2011 urgent repairs have been carried to the eroded brickwork and failed flat roofs of the Bell Tower, to stop rain getting inside. Some of us went up the scaffolding on 15 July to see the eroded bricks being replaced.

During this time the Memorial Bells have being restored and the belfry staircase made safe for visitors. Lights have been added to illuminate some of the names on the bells, and lots of work is being done to find out more about the 200 men whose names are on the bells and create a website and exhibition about them.

The bells have been lowered to the belfry floor, one beam at a time, removed from the beam, then cleaned and re-enameled. The finished bells have been fitted back to the beam with new insulators and bolts, then raised back into place. The clavier and clappers were restored at Gillett & Johnston's workshops - where the bells were made - and the whole mechanism has been re-assembled with new wires.

An Open Day to celebrate the completion of the work, including the rededication of the bells as a war memorial, will take place on Saturday 19 November - all welcome.

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Ride and Stride 2011

Again this September we took part in the annual "Ride and Stride", a sponsored event organised in our area by the Friends of Essex Churches Trust. This year was a little different: a team of eight cyclists led by Hilary joined a bike pilgrimage from Barking to Waltham Abbey via St Katherine's Limehouse organised by people from Chelmsford diocese. And for the first time, an ecumenical  group of 'striders' set off from Plaistow on a circuit taking in churches in Forest Gate and Stratford. The aim is to raise money for repairs to historic church buildings and also increse awareness and appreciation of them, and it's always an interesting day. Why not join in next year?

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West Tower repairs

This album contains photos of the repairs to the West Tower in 2009.

It also has some photos taken of the dedication of the tower when the work was complete. On the last Sunday in October the congregation moved outside after the Sunday service to sing a hymn and say a prayer of thanks for the successful completion of the work.

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Ride and Stride 2010

On 11th September 2010 Hilary, Roger, Daniel, Maxine, Shola, Philippa and Alex took part in the sponsored Ride and Stride organised by the Friends of Essex Churches Trust to raise money for our Bell tower Appeal. We cycled well over 30 miles, in a circuit from Shenfiled to Ingatestone, stopping off at some pretty and some very old churches.

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Sponsored Spooky Sleepover

Six young people (and two young adults looking after them) spent the night of 13 November 2010 sleeping in the belfry, under the bells, to raise money for repairing the tower and restoring the bells.

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Some historic photos

You can see more on The Newham Story website.

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The Memorial Bells

Some of the excellent  photos taken by Tim Bateman and Matthew Crisp.

The ten bells in the east tower are cast with the names of 172 men, 169 of them from the local area, who died serving in the First World War. One bell is dedicated to The Unknown Warrior and one to Prince Maurice of Battenberg, the only member of the royal family to be killed serving in the First World War.

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Hike for Haiti

A small team from Memorial Community Church walked the pilgramage route from Stratford in East London to  Canterbury Cathedral over the bank holiday weekend in August 2010, to raise money for the reconstruction work in Haiti.

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Joint Service Feb 21st 2010

Pictures taken by Duncan during our recent united service with friends from Christchurch, Latimer, PCF and MCC.

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Plaistow snow December 2009

Pictures of MCC and the locale snapped during a recent snowstorm by Jude Acott.

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Get in touch

The Welcome Centre is open Wednesdays 10.30 am – 12 and Thursdays 2 – 4 pm. Please feel free to drop in for a chat.

At other times, contact the church office on:

020 7474 6603