22nd April 2018

Parish Profile

A Parish Profile has been drawn up to assist priests who may be interested in applying to be Vicar at St Anselm's, Hatch End.  Please e mail the PCC Secretary if you would like a copy: jwhiteheadpr@aol.com or click on the link below.

Parish Profile

Father Clive Pearce

Father Clive Pearce

Sadly, Father Clive passed away in the early hours of the morning of Saturday 26th March. 

Father Clive Pearce would have celebrated 50 years since his ordination as a priest on 29th September 2016.  Sadly, following a short illness, he passed away on Saturday 26th March at Northwick Park Hospital.  He had been the parish priest of Hatch End for 43 years and will be much missed by his family, close friends and parishioners, with whom he had enjoyed many wonderful and some sad times. He had a very big heart and helped people through troubled times with great compassion as well as practical and spiritual support.  He was installed by Richard Chartres, Bishop of London as ‘Prebendary of the Stall of Nesden’ at St Paul’s Cathedral on 30th March 2008. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very sad time: his wife Yvonne, his brother Michael, his four children: Edward, Elaine, Emily and his three grandchildren, Sebastian, Harriet and Ruby.

The church is now in interregnum and services continue with the support of several priests.  Enquiries about the vacancy at St Anselm's should be addressed initially to The Bishop of Fulham.
Roger Bessell 020 8428 1371  r.bessell@runbox.com                   
Richard Simmons 07941 532640  african1245@hotmail.co.uk

Church Open Wednesdays

Church Open

We are opening the church as often as possible on weekdays.  We hope eventually to be open every day.  

Church sitters offer a welcome and a coffee to  visitors.  Leaflets on forthcoming events and the history of the church will be available. Church Open days will be listed on the notice board outside the church every week. At present the church is always open on:

WEDNESDAYS 10.30am-12.30pm
refreshments available 
Everyone is welcome to come along and look round the building or simply enjoy the peace and tranquillity. If the church is closed when you would like to visit please e mail jwhiteheadpr@aol.com and arrangements can be made for a visit. 

Since Father Clive passed away, church services continue on Saturdays at 7.30am and on Sundays at 10am with the support of many priests. St Anselm’s values catholic traditions within the Church of England and with the use of incense and beautiful vestments, it is a very special place of worship. There are ‘arts & crafts’ stained glass windows designed by Louis Davies and Selwyn Image in Whitefriars Glass, Hatch End’s WWI memorial and many other fine features.  A booklet on the history of the church is available.  If you are unable to join us for the service, after the Sunday Eucharist at 11am, everyone, of whatever race or creed, is welcome to enjoy a visit to our impressive Victorian church.

St Anselm's wins £20,000 award

St Anselm’s wins £20,000 award

St Anselm’s Parish Church, Hatch End, was awarded a grant of £20,000 towards urgent restoration work by the Willesden Area Council of the London Diocese.

Generally, only loans are provided, but they have awarded the maximum grant available to St Anselm’s project.  “We are absolutely delighted because we will be able to make a start on the most urgent roof repairs now” he said. 

The church had also applied to the Government’s ‘Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund’ but been unsuccessful as the programme was heavily over-subscribed. So this news has really given parishioners a lift.  Many local people, who may not attend the church regularly, would also be pleased to see this magnificent building maintained in good repair. A popular venue for the community, the Parish Hall is used for different activities in its pretty tranquil setting.

The total cost of the most urgent works recommended by the Diocesian architect was in the region of £62,000 (plus architects fees where necessary and VAT, some of which may be reclaimed). Other recommendations included a structural survey, damp course work and extensive repairs to brick and stone work. After a recent CCTV survey underground, damage has been pinpointed to sections of the main drainage system which have to be addressed before further works on the brickwork and roof repairs can continue.

“We plan to rectify the most urgent building defects and take action to avoid others.  Our small reserves are close to depletion so we shall be applying for Lottery Funding as well as promoting our restoration fund locally.  We hope to set up a “Friends of St Anselm’s” group and have already received some donations from the Hatch End Association and several individuals” said Jill Whitehead, Parish Administrator.   

A number of fund raising initiatives are under way and there is an online giving website through ‘BT my donate/The Parish Church of St Anselm, Hatch End’

Further information:  Jill Whitehead  07714 200481  jwhiteheadpr@aol.com

Sunday School activities

Shrove Tuesday doesn't fall during half-term this year so unfortunately last year's Shrove Tuesday event will not be taking place in 2017.  Charlotte, St Anselm's Sunday School leader, made 60 pancakes for this special event.  Only half a dozen were casualties from the tossing pancakes contest.  The rest were eagerly consumed! There were children's activities and crafts with a lent tree where pledges were made on what might be given up for lent this year. Hopefully everyone will enjoy pancakes at home this coming year.

Outings and special events are organised throughout the year by the Sunday School.  A trip to St Pauls Cathedral is planned in October 2016.  Further details : dennisnew@btinternet.com

Urgent Repairs needed


The Quinquennial architectural review highlighted the need for urgent repairs to the roof, bricks and stonework.  The neo Gothic building, built in 1874, is suffering from significant deterioration now.  There is evidence of damage caused by damp as the Victorian building did not have a damp course and the cloister roof needs complete renewal with some timber supports suffering rot.  The roof is leaking in several places and the gutters, downpipes and drains need attention.  The church is of great historical significance and boasts many unique features including "Arts and Crafts" windows in Whitefriars Glass, the WWI memorial and a unique carved oak rood screen. It would be a great loss if the church cannot continue to be self financing.

We may be eligible to put in a bid for National Lottery funding but to secure the sums needed, a charitable endeavour must be able to show its ability to raise half of the money itself.  This is a massive task but we are working to find a solution and estimate that we will need to find funds in the region of £60,000.   " It is a remarkable building and means an awful lot to the local community.  We have to turn to their generosity and time to help secure the future of St Anselm's."  The situation is worsened by the new parking restrictions which have dealt the Church a crushing blow by the loss of hall hire and events. A review has taken place and we hope the proposed system will help alleviate some of the problems.

Donations from the Hatch End Association as well as from individuals have already been gratefully accepted.

The Fund Raising Challenge was launched in November 2014 with efforts by individuals and special events including dinners, cream teas, coffee mornings, sweepstakes, sales and raffles. Almost £12,000 had been raised by the end of December 2015. This, with a £20,000 grant from the Diocese has meant that some of the most urgent works have been completed but there are still more structural work and damp coursing to be dealt with as well as damaged brickwork and defective tiling to be addressed.

If you can support the church in any way, please contact the church wardens or PCC Secretary by e mail jwhiteheadpr@aol.com .  You can also donate online by accessing "BT my donate/The Parish Church of St Anselm Hatch End"