As a church based in the local community we love to bring benefit to the people who live in Manor Park.

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Community Homeworking Textiles Project
Lottery funding received

Little Ilford Baptist Church has been awarded £8,000 in National Lottery funding to support its textile teaching with older women and vulnerable adults. The church will use the grant to run a home-based creative textile project for those still housebound while the coronavirus lockdown eases.

Home Textile WorkingDuring the coronavirus lockdown the usual weekly textile classes have had to close, but this did not mean that creativity came to an end. Instead, creative textiles were done at home, with lead Textile Tutor, Sonia, delivering work on her bicycle and the group meeting and communicating through a WhatsApp group.

Every weekday Sonia is at work, drawing out designs, speaking on the telephone, and delivering work. People can see their work on the WhatsApp group and also on the Facebook page, Instagram and website of East London Textile Arts, and there will be the first of a series of online exhibitions in July.

Textile Home Working II

The new funding from The National Lottery Community Fund will see Sonia’s home-working project continue for at least another 20 weeks.

Sonia says, “Thanks to the National Lottery we will be able to keep working with local communities during the easing of the lockdown. This is important because it helps keep people active, creative, and connected to each other at a time when it is so easy to become dispirited.”

Sindy, a volunteer with the project, says, “It is a new world. It’s given me friends, adventure and helped me be more independent. I love to learn from people who love what they are doing.”

If you would like to join the project, please get in touch – we look forward to hearing from you!

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The Big Clean Up 2'The Big Clean Up'

Little Ilford Baptist Church has so far twice joined a national initiative called 'The Big Clean Up'. Along with thousands of other community groups around the country we've taken to the streets near the church to pick up litter and generally do our best to make a positive difference to the way our neighbourhood looks. We did this to bless Manor Park, and to show people that we care for our shared environment.

Neighbourhood Watch

Local Area Neighbourhood Watch

As a part of the local community, Little Ilford Baptist Church shares the same kinds of concerns that those living around us have for the safety of our neighbourhood. We are proud to host the regular Neighbourhood Watch meetings for the Little Ilford ward, often attended by local councillors and the Metropolitan Police's Safer Neighbourhoods Team in the ward.

Next meeting date: To be announced


More Church and Community

Little Ilford Baptist Church has also:

- Organised fun days, street parties and similar events for local people
- Visited a nearby sheltered accommodation for the elderly
- Joined with other churches to stage events such as concerts in the park
- Hosted a temporary classroom block on part of our site while a local primary school was being extensively redeveloped