After years of planning and fundraising and eighteen months of construction work, a new era in the life of All Saints Church opened on 9 September when the Bishop of Kingston, Richard Cheetham, presided at a service of thanksgiving in the refurbished church.
Speaking to a packed church, Jonathan Wilkes (Rector) thanked all those involved in the project, from the trustees to the architects to the building contractors. He also paid tribute to all those who have helped to fund this amazing transformation. The project would not have been possible without the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Viridor Credits and the Mayor’s Outer London Fund, and the other trusts and charities which have supported us. But nor would it have been possible without the support of the people of Kingston, who through donations, sponsorship, attendance at fundraising events and in other ways have donated an amazing £260,000 towards the refurbishment.
The work in the church is not quite yet finished. The metal screen marking out the East End will be installed later in the year, and the organ still has to be fully reinstalled. And once all this is done we will turn once again to our plans for a new building in the North Churchyard, which forms an integral part of the proposal to revitalise the site. But on 9 September we could for a moment put aside what is yet to be done, and rejoice in what has already been achieved.