Our beginnings

The opening of the Engine Room community centre in 2013 was a key step towards creating a dynamic community space for adults, children and families in Hale Village. This vision for putting a community centre and and church at the heart of the new housing development in the Hale Village was spearheaded by the Diocese of London working in partnership with Lee Valley Estates, Newlon Housing Trust and London City Mission. Watch a short video that captures the vision for this project


We are grateful to The Church Commissioners of the Church of England, The Mercers Livery Company, the Diocese of London, Lee Valley Estates, Newlon Housing Trust and the London Borough of Haringey for their support for this project.

Our dream 

Our vision is to become a catalyst for building community at the heart of the Hale Village. Everything we do through our workers, volunteers and partnerships with other community groups is about investing in local lives. We want to give every resident of the Hale Village daily opportunities to make new friends, to learn from each other, to grow spiritually and to share their lives. Our community workers, team and local volunteers are using their knowledge and expertise to draw people in, make them feel they belong and unlock their potential for giving back to others. In September 2014, they were joined by The Revd. Andrew Williams, an experienced parish priest who is leading St Francis church. Last year, hundreds of local residents benefited from a wide range of fun and creative activities run by the Engine Room and St Francis church.

Looking into the future

The Engine Room has now relocated in a new building just around the corner. The new centre hosts the church, community space, a vibrant cafĂ©, Loven bakery serving delicious food and the Little Engineers 26-place nursery. 

The Engine Room is working in close partnership with:

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