"My grandparents were both christened and married in this church. It has been a focal point for worship, celebrations and prayer for the people of Greenwich for hundreds of years. It is architecturally, without question, one of the finest churches in London."
- Jools Holland, Patron of the Appeal
"Since I first attended St Alfege after its restoration in 1954 I have marvelled at its beauty and peace. This feeling has never left me."
- Jean Smith, parishioner
"As a congregation we work hard to keep the building in good repair. The east portico is a crucial feature in the Greenwich streetscape, and acknowledged as a high point of Hawksmoor’s work. Its cornice, urns and stonework are deteriorating. We have inherited this beautiful church, the product of previous generations’ benefactions. Now it is our turn."
- Vicar, Revd Chris Moody
The restoration of the tower was completed in 2010, thanks to a generous legacy from a parishioner, Daphne Caton.
The lower level restoration and landscaping works, facing onto Greenwich High Road was completed in 2012. This included the restoration of the ‘cherubs’ on the drums at ground level. We are now looking at funding to carry out the higher level cleaning and restoration of the East Portico.
The Thames Steering Group of Viridor Credits has awarded a grant of £119,000 towards the stonework cleaning and conservation of the upper levels of the East Portico. Viridor Credits Environmental Company was established in 2001 to distribute funding via the Landfill Communities Fund.
We have also received a £25,000 donation from Richard Upton and the Cathedral Group, £50,000 from the Paul Getty Trust and donations from Heritage of London, Garfield Weston, Greenwich Hospital, Allchurches as well as local fundraising from a committed band of supporters and wellwishers. We hope to bring the appeal to an end by the middle of 2014, so we are redoubling our efforts to bring the appeal to a successful conclusion. All donations are gratefully received and acknowledged.
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Hamilton House - A recital, lunch and tour of one of Greenwich's historic old houses was held on Sunday 24 November hosted by Brian and Jane Sullivan. This event raised £2,267.25.
Open Gardens June 2013 - raised £6,657.90 by opening some beautiful gardens in Greenwich. Those taking part not only enjoyed the variety on offer but also some lovely refreshments and a pimms or two!
House to house collection in the parish - over fifty volunteers went door to door in the three weeks at the end of November and beginning of December and raised £8,277.16. As well as collecting a large sum of money, it raised consciousness among local residents about the importance of the building as part of our unique architectural heritage in Greenwich.
Cheese and wine tasting - the Mayor of Royal Borough of Greenwich, Cllr David Grant held a cheese and wine tasting event at Davy's Wine Bar Cellar to raise money for the appeal. Many took the opportunity to listen to a talk on cheese and wines and took part in a raffle. This event raised £1,246.