Search

Ilford Salvation Army open its church doors after months of refurbishment

10:26 06 June 2014

Corps officers: Naomi and John Clifton speak at a ceremony at The Salvation Army.

Corps officers: Naomi and John Clifton speak at a ceremony at The Salvation Army.

Archant

The Salvation Army Church in Ilford has celebrated seven months of hard work to ensure its building is fit for purpose and more accessible to the community.

MP for Ilford South Mike Grape speaks at a ceremony at The Salvation Army. 
Photo: David Mirzoeff.MP for Ilford South Mike Grape speaks at a ceremony at The Salvation Army. Photo: David Mirzoeff.

The building, in Clements Road, opened its doors again last month after it was closed for renovation work.

Naomi Clifton, who runs the church with husband John, said: “We wanted our building to reflect the Salvation Army’s work - welcoming, inclusive and focused on the needs of others.

“We will continue to offer activities to meet people’s individual needs while adapting to the changing ones of our community.”

A National Churches Trust grant of £10,000 helped fund the project which included a new kitchenette, a main hall, disabled toilets and a job club.

William Smith, 5, has his face painted at The Salvation Army fun dayWilliam Smith, 5, has his face painted at The Salvation Army fun day

“It is our hope the improvements will enhance our ability to care for those who are vulnerable in Ilford,” added Mrs Clifton.

Mike Gapes, MP for Ilford South, took part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

He said: “The Salvation army have done a fantastic job in serving the community for over 100 years. It is a fantastic building.

“They have now completely refurbished it so it is available for many more years to come.”

Latest News Stories

07:00
The BMW was stolen by audacious theives

Shocking figures show nearly 5,000 cars have been stolen in Redbridge since 2009 – the highest number in the capital.

Yesterday, 12:00
Margaret and John Hoskins celebrating their anniversary. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

A couple who have reached a remarkable milestone have a cricket ball to thank for seven decades of married bliss.

Yesterday, 11:07
Dave Thompson/PA Wire

A man in his early 50s has been killed in a hit and run crash in Chigwell.

Saturday, January 24, 2015
Cllr Gwyneth Deakins

Work has started on a new pedestrian crossing outside a school following a long-fought campaign by parents.

Most read news

Press Association figures reveal the extensive use of new domestic violence laws.

It’s easy to lose sight of how beautiful London is when you’re crammed into a commuter train. Let these flying Instagram users take you on a bird’s eye tour of London.

People have pretty good memories when it comes to the outstanding performance of a tub of lard on HIGNFY.

The UN ambassador unveiled IMPACT10X10X10, a new initiative to end gender inequality as part of the HeForShe campaign.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Ilford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24
Our trusted business finder