Roof Appeal


We are delighted to be able to announce that the National Lottery Heritage Fund has awarded us a grant of £215,100 towards our roof project, taking the total grant to our requested amount of £249,600, including the initial grant we received in 2018.  This means that we will be able to proceed with our project while seeking additional funding to meet the total cost of c.£400,000. Thanks to the efforts of members of the All Saints' Church congregation, local people, and fundraising events, we have already raised over £17,000 and we hope to receive funding from other grant-making organisations. Please continue to support our fundraising events as we go forward with our project.  The works will commence on Monday 8 April, with the erection of scaffolding and hoarding.  This will take until the end of Holy Week to complete and the works will then start in earnest after Easter..  Pedestrian access to the walkway between Durham Road and Twyford Avenue will be unaffected

We are also delighted to announce that, on 15 April, the Garfield Weston Foundation awarded us a grant of £7,500 towards our project and that, on 29 April, Allchurches Trust Limited awarded us a grant of £6,000.  We thank them both for their generosity.





The project aims to carry out essential conservation work.  At the same time, we will be enhancing the availability of information on the history of the church (and its people), making it more easily accessible to the wider community, all this in a user-friendly and colourful format (see below).  Educational material, specifically aimed at school visits, will be produced, including material covering our First World War heritage.  As part of this heritage, we will be completing research on the casualties listed on our War Memorial and publishing the results in a permanent format available to all (see below).  There will be opportunities for members of the congregation to be involved in this exciting project and to learn new skills in the process.

The building is a focal point for the local community.  It was built in two phases, the main part of the building being built from 1890-92 and the chancel being added in 1911-12.  The church was granted Grade II listed status by Historic England in 2011 in recognition of its high-quality stonework and detailing, notably the window tracery and panelling of the chancel, and the superb hammer-beam roof.  The church is used by local schools and groups for concerts, meetings and other events and, because of its superb acoustic, is regularly used by recording companies.  It was the birthplace of the famous Finchley Children’s Music Group and has the joy of hosting the annual East Finchley Arts Festival.

This website page will give details of any fundraising events or activities.  Please do support these.  Our church has been at the centre of the community of East Finchley for the past 125 years.  Please help to ensure that it will be preserved for the next 100 years.

Would you consider making a donation to our roof fund?   All donations would be welcome, regardless of size.  

If sending a donation by cheque, please make it payable to
“All Saints’ Church East Finchley Heritage Lottery Fund” and send it to:
All Saints' Church
35a Durham Road
N2 9DP

If you are a taxpayer, please indicate that you would like to Gift Aid your donation and provide your full name and address.  Thank you, in advance, for your generosity.

Our Quiz Evening, held on 26 January, raised over £655 for our Roof Appeal.  A big thank-you to those who supported it, our Social Committee for all their hard work in organising it, and to our Quiz Master of the evening, Neil Rymer, for a very interesting and entertaining quiz.

The Donald Pelmar performance of Adam Begat Cain, on Saturday 9 February, raised over £520 for the Roof Appeal - a very memorable event which was followed by Afternoon Tea.

The Spring Evening Chamber Concert, performed by young musicians from the Royal Academy of Music, on 17 March, raised £803.50 for the Roof Appeal.  A wonderful concert, enjoyed by all who attended.  A big THANK YOU to Simon and his friends.

A big THANK YOU, too, to Brian Hooper who has raised, so far, over £800 (including Gift Aid) for the Roof Appeal, from his sponsored swim on Monday 6 May.

Thank you to all who supported our Quiz Evening on Saturday 29 June which raised £555 for our Roof Appeal.   It was another lovely occasion, enjoyed by all who came.

Two new publications were launched at our Open Day on 12 October - The Story of All Saints' East Finchley (written by David Sillito) and In Memoriam - Our Casualties of the First World War (researched and written by Sally Atkinson).  These are both wonderful volumes which can be purchased at a cost of £10 (for the History) and £7.50 (for In Memoriam).  They were both made possible as a result of the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund.