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

16:42
The council announced plans it will be providing a second new pool in the borough, just weeks after unveiling plans for one at Mayfield School

Plans for a second new public swimming pool in Redbridge have been announced today.

16:33
Residents at the former Mecca Bingo in Chadwell Heath, previously The Top Rank Club

The proposed swimming pool at Mayfield School has sparked off opposition from some corners of the community, with objectors arguing the council has selected the wrong location.

A dog poses in a Christmas outfit after being groomed at Paw-fect

A Christmas grotto with a twist raised hundreds of pounds for charity by hosting a raffle and glamorous photo shoot for dogs last weekend.

11:46
Barkingside Magistrates Court

A man has been charged with GBH after a 32-year-old was found with serious head injuries in a Seven Kings street.

Most read news

Cook congratulates employees on one of the biggest year’s in Apple’s history.

A Gogglebox family will have to keep their comments about the week’s TV to themselves from now on.

The online encyclopaedia created a special video showing how the year’s event are linked.

People are divided and it’s definitely following a pattern.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Ilford Recorder e-edition today E-edition