The Old Church is the only remaining Elizabethan church in London and one of the oldest in the country to have been built as an Anglican church. After centuries at the centre of Stoke Newington, it is now a thriving community arts centre, programming exciting and engaging artists, and community events.
The Covid 19 crisis has significantly affected cultural organisations and disrupted their relationship with the community. The survival of grassroots venues, which struggle to rekindle their bond with their audience, is threatened.
The Old Church is no different, and reopening post-covid has proven to be a significant challenge. A lot of work has been going on behind-the-scenes to re-establish the venue as a home for creative and cultural events for our local community. Unfortunately, our efforts might be rendered vain if we cannot properly welcome our audience and the artists we programme.
This is why we need your help today. We have undertaken renovation work on our choir room and the vestry after urgent building work was identified. This has meant we now have a properly usable backstage, that will allow us to attract a wider range of acts and run more ambitious programmes with you, our community. Without compromising on the architectural integrity of the space which we care for, we have renovated the backstage area to the best sanitary and access standards.
This essential work has cost a significant amount of money and so we need your support to cover these costs. Help us ensure the Old Church remains the cultural centre of Church St it has been for generations.
Any one of or monthly donations you can give will be greatly appreciated.