We are excited to share further information about our new home, including some artist’s impressions and architect’s drawings. Please note that these are EARLY DRAFTS so please contact us with any thoughts, suggestions, or to get involved.
This information was shared at our open meeting last month and with local residents in Stanmore at an event hosted by our development partner Heronslea – both events provided valuable feedback and input.
Our new home is being designed to provide maximum flexibility for our Community as we evolve so that, for example, up to six services can be held simultaneously, or one large service for 300 people plus two further services for smaller numbers of attendees. This flexibility will also allow 10+ religion school classes to be accommodated. A large Kiddush area is integral as are areas for social activities, meetings, film shows and other activities. Offices and a large kitchen area are included. We are also exploring ways of incorporating significant items from Bessborough Road to provide continuity as we move to our new home. We have a team working on the design of the various aspects of our new home and how we really make this “our” home. Please contact us to get involved in this exciting project.
On the subject of the team, we would also like to take this opportunity to thank Lawrence and the core team members of the Property Working Group who have been volunteering in some cases 30 hours a week over the past few months to get the contracts and specification details in place. We hope to agree contracts and specification over the coming weeks but please remember that any agreements will still be subject to achieving planning permission for both Stanmore Hill and Bessborough Road.
For any of you who missed our earlier news updates (here and here), our new home will be at 65 Stanmore Hill, currently a petrol station on the main through-route between Stanmore and Bushey. You can see the location on a map here
The location meets a number of key requirements: It is close to the growing Jewish population of Bushey (where we now have more members than in any other “4-digit” postcode), whilst also being readily accessible from Hatch End, Pinner, Kenton, Northwood, Wembley and beyond. It remains in the London Borough of Harrow, which facilitates the sale and development of our existing Bessborough Road home.
Our new home will enable us to offer new Jewish choices to the unaffiliated and unengaged nearby, while continuing to provide a vibrant community for our existing members. We have several project teams looking at these opportunities – please contact us to find out more or get involved. Our new home is also attracting press coverage including articles in the Jewish Chronicle and London Jewish News
Our new home is accessible by public transport bus routes 142, 340, 324 and H12 as well as dial-a-ride and our lift-sharing scheme, and offers significantly improved access by car than is currently available at Bessborough Road – we are working with our development partner Heronslea on plans for how we can provide easy and convenient access and parking for members and visitors to our new home. We are also working to ensure that we are good neighbours to surrounding residents. As with all of this update, if you would like to get involved, or have any questions then please contact us