Welcome to the website of St Stephen’s Roof Fund. St Stephen’s is a Grade II listed Church of England church on Uxbridge Road at the heart of Shepherds Bush. Since 1850 the church has been an oasis of peace in a busy city and today it is the home of a caring Christian community. The Parish Church of St Stephen & St Thomas is a registered Charity, number 1133759. You can read more about the history of St Stephen’s from the early years to the present day here.
St Stephen’s Church and Roof Fund Committee acknowledge with gratitude grant funding received from the following bodies:
The London Diocesan Fund
Historic England Cultural Recovery Fund #HereForCulture
Latest news – we’re ready to begin !!
- Phase 1 will encompass the North side aisle and porch roof, with grant funding from the Culture Recovery Fund #HereForCulture. Phase 1 also includes the South side aisle roof and the main nave roof on both sides. Funding for this phase is now in place and the work will begin as soon as possible.
- Phase 2 will comprise all the other roofs and this will be completed once further funding becomes available.
For Phase 2 the shortfall in funding is close to £90,000. For the moment, when events are hard to organise we have applied successfully to a number of grant giving bodies, listed on the left, and are grateful for their support. There is an urgent need for your continuing generosity, since much funding has been redirected to Covid-19 affected causes. We aren’t permitted to begin Phase 2 until sufficient funds are either present or pledged, so we are approaching the final push, and this is now urgent.
If you are in a position to make a donation, please consider doing so. Donate Now will take you to our VirginMoneyGiving page. You can also donate via Churchsuite if you are registered with the church. If you wish to give via bank transfer or CAF (especially for larger donations) please contact the administrator.
Thank you to our silent donors
Over the months and years, our funds have been silently boosted by invisible donors, people who have taken to heart our fundraising efforts and dug deep into their pockets. Sometimes these are one off donations (perhaps to commemorate an event or person) and some people donate regularly, month by month. This commitment is a moving act of generosity and demonstrable sign of discipleship. From the whole Roof Fund Committee and from the PCC at St Stephen’s, we say most sincerely to all our silent donors, thank you.
The Roof is in urgent need of renewal
- The slates are 170 years old and are brittle and fragile
- The nails holding them have rusted away
- Wind dislodges the worn out slates and they slide off the roof causing a danger to people below
- Where the slates fall off, there are holes in the roof
- Water is damaging the roof timbers and the interior of the church
- Each time a slate is replaced, the adjacent slates also break up
- The gutters and downpipes are rusted and broken and need to be replaced
- Action within one year is critical
Ensuring the future
A newly refurbished roof will
- guarantee the future of St Stephen’s as a social, visual and spiritual hub at the heart of Shepherds Bush
- maintain the building’s architectural integrity and improve its sustainability
- strengthen the church’s work in supporting the young, the old and the vulnerable
The cost of the new roof is estimated to be £219,320+VAT. This cost is composed of surveys, scaffolding, materials, labour, professional fees and sundries. A more detailed breakdown of the costs can be provided on request. Here are some documents that explain in detail the work that is required.
What we offer
- A weekly hot meal for up to 100 homeless people with a film, distribution of clothes and mobile medical assistance
- Support for families with children and toddler groups
- Close links to St Stephen’s C of E Primary School who regularly use the church
- A Film Club for elderly people
- A venue for concerts and plays, school assemblies and classes, meetings, conferences, teaching and rehearsals
- A place of worship for other church groups
- Prayer, pastoral and spiritual support to a broad community of all ages and cultures
HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT ST STEPHEN’S ROOF FUND?
GIVE GENEROUSLY – This is your story too! – go straight to the Donate Now button on the menu bar.
BUY A BAG Limited Edition The Soul of Shepherds Bush shoulder bags in yellow cotton canvas, £5 each. All proceeds will go to the Roof Fund. Bags are available from the Parish Office, at Church, at one of our events or by post (please contact the Roof Fund Administration, £1.00 for postage and packing)
GIVE US YOUR OLD MONEY! Sad to say good bye to those OLD £1 COINS AND OLD £5 and £10 NOTES? They can still have a useful life when donated to the Roof Fund. The unloved, weighty BROWN COINS too! Bring us your obsolete £10, £5 notes and £1 coins! Through the bank we can still add the value of the old notes and coins to the Roof Fund. We can also make use of all those heavy copper coins that weigh down your purse. If you empty the coins out of your pockets every evening, bag up the small denominations and bring them to us, please!
To date, your brown coins and old currency have raised £510! Keep it coming in please!
BUY-A-SLATE Take part in our BUY-A-SLATE programme. For a minimum of £10 you can contribute in a material way to the future of the church by buying a slate for the roof. Please contact us on the form below or via the DONATE page.
F U T U R E E V E N T S Coming Soon!
P A S T E V E N T S
RICH HALL’S HOEDOWN
October 18, 2019
Funds were further boosted by an evening of music and comedy, kindly donated by Rich Hall. Rich hosted a really entertaining evening, bringing in his showbiz friends to support the show, including special guests, witty musical duo Flo and Joan, among other contributions. Our thanks to them all, especially Rich’s backing band, his guest performers and all the volunteers.
The evening, held at Bush Hall, added a total of £5,525 to the Roof Fund, and was a rousing finale to the fundraising year. Special thanks to Karen, who organised it all.
ANNUAL CRICKET MATCH v ST STEPHEN’S SCHOOL 2020. September 14th in the Cricket field at Chiswick House saw the third such event, which was kindly organised by Chris Wren. Children’s and adults teams were fielded and all played brilliantly. The Church children’s team won their match and the School parents won theirs. Honours even! Thank you to all who wielded bat and ball, helped on the day, baked cakes for the event (and ate them) and applauded the players. More of a post-holiday get-together than a fundraiser, the afternoon did however raise £350.
DINNER AND AUCTION, 2018 Thursday 22nd November 2018 in St Stephen’s Parish Hall. 81 people attended the auction, 17 lots were auctioned live and a further 17 were included in the silent auction. Auctioneer Mr Henry Bowring conducted the sale, with a flair that demonstrated his professional lineage through London’s grand auction houses. The Lots being auctioned included three holiday homes (France, Portugal and the Cotswolds), several cultural experiences (Palace of Westminster, Sotheby’s, Wallace Collection, photography with one of the masters) parties and fun things for children to do (Sharky & George, Kidzania, Bouncers), wine, luxury goods, dance, sporting, fitness and pampering experiences, special books and many pictures. The evening raised a grand total of £12,630. Special thanks go to Mr Henry Bowring for conducting the auction, to our friends at Ayam Zaman Restaurant for providing the delicious buffet dinner, to all members of the committee who worked very hard to make the evening happen, to our donors for giving such amazing things to sell and to those who bid so enthusiastically to buy them. It was a convivial and sociable evening, which was enjoyed by all who attended. Some photos of the evening are below:
RUN FOR THE ROOF REV BOB RAISED £420 BY RUNNING FOR THE ROOF … IN THE ENDURANCELIFE HALF MARATHON, 10 NOVEMBER 2018, GOWER PENINSULA, SOUTH WALES https://www.endurancelife.com/gower Several generous people sponsored Bob for this 14 mile Half-Marathon which he ran in aid of St Stephen’s Roof Fund. “Knowing that I am running to raise money for a new roof for St Stephen’s will motivate my tired legs towards the end of the run.” Thank you, Bob!
CRICKET MATCH, ST STEPHEN’S CHURCH Vs ST STEPHEN’S SCHOOL Saturday September 15th at Chiswick House Cricket Grounds saw the second Church v School Cricket Match. Meticulously organised by Chris Wren, adults’ and children’s teams from church and school held a full day of matches, and although the sides were evenly matched in sporting skill, the church side won both matches, the adults’ match by just 40 runs and the children’s game in the last over. Spectators, players and their families brought picnics and made a day of it, enjoying a sociable start to the new school year and a chance to support the Roof Fund at the same time. Tea and home made cakes were enjoyed by all and a total of £1000 was raised from cake sales, sales of token ‘roof slates’ and players’ fees, the proceeds being shared equally between the Friends Of St Stephen’s School and St Stephen’s Roof Fund. TABLE SALE Sunday 9th September, 2018 This was not a sale of tables, but of all kinds of items, although there were, by complete coincidence two very attractive tables in the sale. People kindly donated new and pre-loved household items, good quality children’s clothes, shoes, toys, unwanted gifts, unused toiletries, nearly new adult designer clothes, skating boots, even a bicycle, but the best sellers were Mrs James’s home made cakes, topped only by books and DVDs, which were hugely popular. Thank you everyone who helped, by donating, selling or buying, we added a total of £675 to the fund on the day.
BINGO NIGHT, Wednesday 18 April, 2018
By kind permission of Headteacher Mr Michael Schumm, a Bingo Evening was held in the School Hall at St Stephen’s School. Participants went wild over a delicious home cooked lasagne and desserts, and meanwhile serious concentration was required to complete the bingo cards. Several fabulous raffle prizes were won by people in the church, school and wider community of Shepherds Bush; the prizes included a Fortnum & Mason Grocery Hamper and a case of Chateau Langoa Barton 2009 Grand Cru Classé. A full list of the prizes and the winners can be viewed on the notice board inside St Stephen’s Church.
A stunning total of £5,685 was added to the Roof Fund and as the photos below show, everyone who came had a great evening.
2017 St Stephen’s Roof Fund CHRISTMAS CARDS Created by the children of St Stephen’s Sunday School in aid of the Roof Fund. The cards carried three designs in packs of 8 for £5 per pack. Sales of Christmas Cards raised over £700 for the Roof Fund; thanks to everyone involved in their production and sale.