Soul In The City reaches halfway stage

First week's success celebrated with fair

Soul In The City, the London-wide Christian initiative, has reached it half way stage. Part of the 20,000-strong project that aims to reach the communities of our capital city, the scheme has seen scores of volunteers arrive in Brentford to begin a two week program of work on local parks and estates.

The end of the first week was celebrated with a fair at St Paul's Recreation Ground in Lateward Road. Amongst the entertainment on offer was a Gospel choir and an escapologist who removed himself from a straightjacket 40m high.

St Pauls will be one of the focuses in Week 2. The park will be cleaned, painted and graffiti will be removed. Organisers are keen to point out that everyone is welcome to come and help, even for just a short time period. All tools will be provided - just wear something you don't mind getting a little dirty!


All part of the entertainment on Saturday at St Pauls

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Co-ordinator Sara Ward told that the volunteers, from church groups around the UK, had received a tremendous welcome in Brentford. "We consulted with the organisations running parks and housing estates in Brentford to make sure that we carried out work that really needed doing - this means tidying local parks and public places, carrying out repair works on estates and working with local youth and elderly persons' groups".

She was keen to highlight the help given by businesses - free travel from TfL, drinking water put into bottles by Thames Water and tools from B+Q are just some of the examples.

The plans for the second week in Brentford are outlined below. Anybody is welcome to take part - contact Sara Ward at or just turn up!

CENTRAL BRENTFORD: St Pauls Recreation Ground, Lateward Rd (WEEK B):
a/ A community project including cleaning the painting areas of the park
b/ A children’s projects which will include a bouncy castle, face-painting, games, plus a children’s road show.
c/ An evening youth programme including events at Brentford Free Church, plus games and sports activities at St. Paul’s Rec.
d/ An evening Community Project including cleaning and repainting a play area, graffiti removal.

a/ A community project including gardening, litter clearing and painting a mural. They will also be running a window box workshop.
b/ A children’s project which will include a bouncy castle, face-painting, games, plus a children’s road show. There will also be football with Brentford FC, and a football tournament of the Friday.
c/ A ‘Cream Tea’ for the over 50s (Wed 4th )
d/ An evening youth programme at Green Dragon School community hall.
e/ An evening community project including graffiti removal and painting.

31 July 2004

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