28th March 2019 

Update from Cath Storey (Project Manager Fundraising & Communications) about Vineyard House Project – meeting our neighbours, a “Spring Clean day" and other dates for your diary.

On the afternoon of Sunday 24th March, we opened the doors and welcomed people from the local community into Vineyard House – at least 30 came in total over the two hours, so a great start for this type of event for the project. Thank you to all those who helped with set up, supplying cakes, serving teas and coffees, creating a warm and positive atmosphere and who contributed to the overall success of the event.

Stephen Dixon from Calls Architecture has worked with Sam Lewis to produce some exceptional boards which became an amazing focal point for the event. These detail the building’s heritage and show floor plans, original drawings of the building by George Corson and subsequent revisions and extensions to those plans done in 1893 by Chorley and Cannon of Leeds.

The boards then go onto outline the building with photos and floor plans of how the building was used after World War 2, when it was part occupied by The British Legion and showing how rooms were used for various community activities. The remaining four boards then take the reader on a journey with pictures and descriptions and are each titled “Towards a vision”.

Once the neighbours had had a chance to digest all the information boards and after a short welcome from David & Alison, Sam took individual groups on a tour of the building.

The information boards will remain as a permanent fixture in Vineyard House for the foreseeable future and will be available to see at the forthcoming Vineyard House “Come and See” sessions for the church community, please see below for dates.  

We also welcomed Cllr Al Garthwaite, friends from Heart and a representative from the Headingley Neighbourhood Plan. Here is some initial feedback from visitors;

“It is great that you are considering the needs of the community. We look forward to watching your plans come to fruition”.

 “Absolutely amazing – great space.”

“I think it will be an important addition to the community.”

Amazing! God ordained! Well done!

Open Afternoon Collage 2 - sma

“Spring Clean” day – Saturday 13th April 9am – 1pm
This is a half-day session for those of you (adults only) who would love to get stuck in with practical tasks and enjoy a spot of gardening, clearing, painting, working with wood or just cleaning up and filling a skip. We will need some people to make cups of tea too. Please contact the office on 0113 230 2139 if you are able to help, it would be good for us to know the number of people coming.

As we have done this last Sunday afternoon, we are planning on opening Vineyard House again for some “Come and See” events for those Leeds Vineyard people who haven’t been able to catch any of our events yet:

The dates to choose from are as follows;

  • Friday 5th April (afternoon session 12.30pm - 2pm)
  • Tuesday 16th April (evening session 8pm - 9.30pm)
  • Sunday 28th April (afternoon session following church 1pm - 2.30pm)


David and some of the team will be around to chat and explain where we have got to. During the day-time events we’ll be able to have a guided tour of the 1st floor as well (it’s too dark in the evening).

We hope there is enough choice in the above three days and timings to suit most people. Please feel free to bring children and other family members along. Please note that there won’t be any refreshments available during the above sessions.

If you would like to contact Sam or me about anything relating to the Vineyard House Project, please do email us via the office.

Cath Storey