With much excitement, our new Grand Piano was dedicated and first used in public on Palm Sunday (25 March). The new piano is a full-size Schimmel Konzert K213Tx, paid for through generous donations from the local community and business, the City and charities, as well as fundraising by church members. It has already been used at a few of our weekday recitals, and the musicians have all commented on the richness of its tone and have expressed eagerness to play it again.
We appreciate all who helped us - be that through donations, attending events, or general interest, work and enthusiasm - to realise our vision of enhancing the musical tradition here at St Botolph's and providing such a wonderful instrument here in our local community.
New Aldgate Square
An artists impression of the new public square
We at St Botolph-without-Aldgate are hugely excited about the change and growth that surrounds us.
The City of London Corporation are creating a new public square between our Church and the Sir John Cass Primary School, and includes creating a garden directly outside the church, which will offer members of our congregation, local city workers and local residents a peaceful green area to enjoy amidst the busy streets of the City.
We are extremely grateful for the investment the City of London and its partners are making in the Aldgate area. More details.
While Aldgate has always been a vibrant and diverse community, there are still real issues to be addressed and we at St Botolph have always been proud of our engagement with local people in need of help. We regularly give support to the homeless in Aldgate and we are therefore pleased to receive assurances from the City Corporation that the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) currently being consulted is not proposing to criminalise homelessness in the space. We would raise strong objections if it did.
The City of London Corporation has begun consultation about this in the Aldgate area and we are preparing our response. We believe public space should be open, welcoming and safe to all in our community and we intend to play a strong part in the ongoing dialogue around this.