Parish and Church Profile: Eastcote and its Environment

 

Eastcote is a leafy suburb on London’s north-west edge, in the borough of

Hillingdon. Originally a small village, it developed in the 1930’s as the Metropolitan

line was extended. It retains strong elements of a village with the cricket pitch,

village pub and community feel; but it is unmistakably metropolitan with its

central parade of shops and restaurants, two large secondary schools, ethnic mix

and work pattern.

 

The Parish Community

 

The population is around 23,000; largely white British with 10% being Indian and

Hindu. Many residents work in central London or further afield and unemployment

is well below that of London and the UK; however, the 2011 census showed 13% of

children in Eastcote are classed as living in poverty. Housing is 75% owner occupied;

most is 1930’s semi-detached, the rest being mainly maisonettes and flats built in

the 1970’s and 2000’s.

 

Church, Land and Buildings

 

The building is a 1930’s construction in good order set in two acres of grounds which

also hold the hall and rooms, the parish centre, the scout hut and a small piece of

woodland. After a review of premises, we have a good baseline from which to

proceed, with the completion of the parish Mission Action Plan.

 

The Church

 

We represent a range of social backgrounds

and ethnic diversity, with a wide age range.

The electoral roll stands at 290; in worship, the

Sunday 8 am averages 25 adults and the

10 am, 95 adults and 30 children. Under-

represented are the teens and twenties. We are

an open Anglo-Catholic tradition, using

Common Worship flexibly; musically we are

starting to include modern writers and a music

group has developed as we have developed a

once a month All Age Saturday evening

Eucharist. We have an active and varied

programme across the church. Many are involved in the Cursillo movement; we’ve been a pilot church in the diocese exploring how we enable people to be Ambassadors for Christ; and we have also run successful nurture courses for a number of years, the last two being Alpha.

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