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Christ Church Isle of Dogs - Open to All

Funded on Spacehive 5 December 2019

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Christ Church Isle of Dogs - Open to All

The Parish of the Isle of Dogs By The Parish of the Isle of Dogs

Increase flexibility of community use of Christ Church Isle of Dogs by replacing heavy benches in its big space with light stackable chairs. Floor can then be cleared or seating to arranged to suit.

Tower Hamlets Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 05 Dec 2019!

Since flooring was renewed and LED lighting installed here, Christ Church, Isle of Dogs has become a popular venue for community events, seminars, fitness classes and elderly people's activities. We want to make the use of Christ Church even more flexible. We want to replace 20 heavy, plain, dark oak bench pews with 100 light, stackable (30 high) chairs and the trolleys to store them on. This will allow us to clear the floor space completely for large community gatherings and enable the building to be laid out to suit the activity that is taking place. This is a project for the community, and we'd like to invite the Isle of Dogs and wider community to support it.

What we'll deliver:

  • Provide well-designed comfortable seating for 100 people
  • Create more community space for the Isle of Dogs
  • Build relationships with new groups of users

Why it's a great idea:

Christ Church has always been at the heart of the community on the Isle of Dogs. Most local families have a wedding photo , proudly displayed on the mantelpiece, taken of the happy couple in the front doorway of Christ Church. Churches are an underused resource in the UK. When there is such pressure on community centres and school halls, it makes sense to open our churches for issues and activities that are important to us all, health and fitness, community safety, young people's activities, tea-dances and lunches for the over 60s, music and the arts, support of vulnerable people with foodbanks and nightshelters. Christ Church wants to be able to throw open the doors and say 'You are welcome' - to be able to do this we need your help.

Steps to get it done:

  • Apply for permission to make the change of pews to chairs from the London Diocesan Advisory Committee
  • Sell the existing heavy pew benches
  • Take delivery of 100 new stackable chairs
  • Stage a public re-opening of Christ Church's public space.


Location Tower Hamlets

About the space

On the southern tip of the Isle of Dogs


London Borough of Tower Hamlets

How will the money be spent?Total £24,721

100 Theo Wooden Chairs - £21,000 (85%)
3 Trolleys for stacking chairs - £1,260 (5%)
60 bookholders for between chairs - £936 (4%)
Other - £1,525 (6%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

100 Theo Wooden Chairs
3 Trolleys for stacking chairs
60 bookholders for between chairs
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  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT
  • Transaction Fees


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Phase 1 of our project was flooring and lighting
  • Phase 2 (the current phase) is flexible seating
  • Phase 3 will be to provide AV projection to allow meetings and conferences to use the building flexibly and provide a local cinema club. Any overfunding will be applied to Phase 3

Total £24,721

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