Friends

A Taste of Aldersbrook @ St Gabriel’s, 7.30pm, Saturday 8th October 2022 SOLD OUT

For one night only, leading local chef Duncan Cruickshanks will cook for the ‘brook!

A pop-up culinary experience showcasing the best locally sourced produce from Aldersbrook and environs. Come and see St Gabriel’s Church transformed into a fine dining restaurant with the aim of raising as much money as possible for much needed, ambitious improvements to the Hall.

Duncan will cook a carefully-crafted three-course dinner that will reflect the changing seasons of Aldersbrook. Tickets are £50 per head to include a bespoke cocktail on arrival. Wine will be available to purchase on the night.

Duncan Cruickshank’s career as a chef spans nearly three decades during which time he has worked in fine dining restaurants around the world from Alaska to Dubai, and France to New York. Aldersbrook residents might remember his highly rated food delivery during lockdown.

The Friends of St Gabriel’s Aldersbrook exists to secure the long-term future of the Church and its Hall for all who live locally. Launched in 2021, the group is open to anyone who values the presence of St Gabriel’s as a community asset, including people from any religious background or of no faith at all.

  • To create his menu, Duncan will be using produce from the gardens and allotments of Aldersbrook as well as foraging locally – let us know if you have a glut of produce this year so he can collect and preserve it! *

Friends of St Gabriel’s, Aldersbrook

St Gabriel’s Church has been at the heart of the Aldersbrook community for over a hundred years. The Church and its Hall are community assets that serve thousands of local people each year by providing a space for an enormous range of recreational, social and educational activities. However, the maintenance and upkeep of an ageing estate is extensive, costly and time-consuming. In the long-term the Church would like to become greener and more sustainable, and to upgrade the Hall’s facilities, including replacing the kitchen and creating new meeting spaces. A group of mostly non-church goers has been working with Father Martyn to form the Friends of St Gabriel’s on an established model of similar support groups for churches elsewhere.

Aims and objectives

  1. The Friends of St Gabriel’s exists to secure the long-term future of the Church and its Hall for all who live locally.
  2. The Friends is open to anyone who values the presence of St Gabriel’s as a community asset, including people from any religious background or of no faith at all.
  3. The Friends seeks to achieve these goals through awareness raising, fundraising activities, and by mobilising volunteers to offer practical help improve the church, the hall, and the grounds.

 How can I get involved?

Now we need your help to secure the long-term future of the church as a community asset. Everyone is welcome to get involved, and there are several ways to help. These include:

– Joining a mailing list to find out about Friends’ events and activities

– Volunteering with the Friends to support events and activities

– Offering specific skills or talents to the Friends or organising an event

– Becoming a supporter by making a small annual donation (see below)

What do supporters do? Supporters of St Gabriel’s agree to make a small annual donation. They can pay on a one-off basis or commit to an annual direct debit. We can claim gift aid on donations from UK tax payers, increasing the value of gifts by 25%. We suggest an annual donation of £25 per household, or whatever you can afford. Supporters will receive an invite to the annual Supporters’ Supper, a social event at which attendees can learn more about the work of the Friends.

Come to St Gabriel’s to sign up  at the launch weekend, or use the links below

Become a Supporter of St Gabriel’s today. In joining us, you are helping sustain an important listed community building in the heart of Aldersbrook. To join please click this link to sumup https://st-gabriels-church.sumup.link/ We can claim the tax back on this if you declare it as gift aid, so please download the form and return it the church. https://wp.me/a9noZd-nb