Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page to help me raise funds for The Bear Building Fund.
The Deptford Ragged Trust dates back to 1844 when ‘eight Christian men and women from Deptford’ opened one of London’s first ‘ragged schools’ in a loft above a cowshed on Deptford High Street.
Today, The Deptford Ragged Trust at the Shaftesbury Christian Centre is home to The Bear Church, Bear Cubs, The Evening Service, English Fridays, BearLive and all kinds of creative and community events from pantomimes to jumble sales, and all sorts in between.
Our vision is to provide socially affordable housing in an existing creative community environment. To do this we hope to knock down our single-storey 1950’s life-expired hall and replace it with a new building for flexible church, community, exhibition, archive and office space, with housing above.
We need to acquire the land from the current owners,who are looking to sell, and raise funds to get the project through Planning.
We are in danger of losing this valuable historical community site which means so much to so many of us.
So please help by giving a bit…or a lot!
Paul Adlington and all the team and staff at The Bear Church and The Deptford Ragged Trust.
Registered Charity no 1177319