AL-MARYAM’s mission is to bring the community back to love, peace, divine worship, acceptance, reconciliation and more – which are the basic teachings of all religions. We have developed this premises into an inter-faith religious and communal place with the objectives:
EVERYONE IS WELCOME
EVERYONE’S PRAYER PLACE
COMMUNITY TALK PLACE
CENTRAL PLACE OF 'SPIRITUALISM'
It could be taken as the pioneer project offering interfaith services in PRACTICE to:
Bring harmony amongst followers of diverse religions to create an atmosphere of ACCEPTANCE;
Create and exhibit tolerance, LOVE & PEACE amongst diverse communal groups;
Help community and the government to reduce HATE crimes, EXTREMISM & TERRORISM.
We are here to set a practical example for diverse critics who do ‘BUSINESS’ in the name of their religions - and also for sectarian factions in one religion.
AL-MARYAM’s main purpose / objectives are the promotion of religious harmony for the benefit of the public by:
(a) calling the public of different religious beliefs for an awareness of their distinctive features and their common ground to promote good relations between persons of different faiths;
(b) promoting knowledge and mutual understanding and respect of the beliefs and practices of different religious faiths.
(c) by offering open and covered space [2 halls] to the local residents for their family functions, get-together, fun-parties, birthdays etc on gas & power expenses only.
To further or benefit the residents of STOKE ON TRENT and especially the neighbourhood around, without distinction of sex, sexual orientation, race or of political, religious or other opinions by associating together the residents and the local authorities. It is all for the social welfare and to improve the living conditions of our neighbourhood.
WHO WE ARE &
WHAT WE DO.....
We are a group of persons working as a CHARITABLE ORGANISATION under the title of AL-MARYAM [registered with The Charity Commission for England & Wales – no:1181384]. We got hold of an old run-down CHURCH, comprising of TWO halls + more rooms having 7440 sq ft space at 0.91 acres of land quite near the city centre, but closed since about 12 years [St Paul’s Church in ST2 0LL].
It required extensive repairs as there was no power, no water, no gas, no doors, no toilets, no flooring, ruined driveway, boundary-walls nearly non-existing – in short it was only a structure of bricks & mortar; the address being:
STOKE ON TRENT ST2 0LL.
We've made it ready for community use. It was being used by delinquent people for anti-social activities; BUT has been restored back with the above address.
Our message will, of course, reach in the neighbourhood so their youngsters at home would come up as better citizens in due course.
Still some work is going on over the premises - and in fact much is to be done yet but we've started our activities for the community service. The main halls are now available to the people [Tc & Cc apply] for their family party functions.
The local MP, the councillors and the STOKE COUNCIL have also appreciated our plans enthusiastically. The community around the premises has welcomed the project and in fact they are delighted at large.
Re - Opening of the
ST PAUL's CHURCH
after Dec 2009
Ist Community MEETING of 30th Nov 2018
Registered Charity no: 1181384
WINCHESTER HALLS [ former ST PAUL's CHURCH] in Stoke on Trent [ST2 0LL] was re-opened on 30th Nov 2018 after its closure in Dec 2009 [at least] though some local residents held that it was closed about TWELVE years ago - then it went looted, burgled, broken, ruined, arson-ed, destroyed and devastated.
The reconstruction, rehabilitation and re-opening of this premises has been made possible because of committed, devoted and dedicated plans & efforts of three veterans named:
Cllr STEPHEN FUNNELL
Cllr SHEILA PITT
Cllr AMJID WAZIR
Without their sincere response, guidance and encouraging push it could have taken more time towards regular opening of the Church premises.
On this occasion of re-opening, the two community leaders of Ubberley & Bentilee wards, Cllrs Stephen Funnell & Sheila Pitt, held their monthly community meeting here in which office holders of various organisations and charities serving the local neighbourhood participated. Community Police Officer Richard Simpson also attended the meeting with great enthusiasm - he represented the Stoke on Trent chapter of Staffordshire Police.
The management team of St Paul's Church [now WINCHESTER HALLS] paid special thanks to the community leadership, ladies & gentlemen, who spared their precious moments to come there and encouraged us though there were numerous shortcomings like - the Church hall [and the rest of the premises too] was not properly warmed as there is NO GAS yet at the building; the toilets were under repair and the only usable toilet was without warm water and the parking space was not adequately dressed.
Even then the participants were delighted to be there - it was their greatness AND it became a cogent boosting factor for all the team members who managed the whole show.
Through these words, St Paul's Church [now WINCHESTER HALLS]'s team also convey special thanks to:
LINDA A DAVIES, the officer of STOKE ON TRENT COUNCIL
the former Cllr Muhammad Aumir
Dr [Miss] Alka & Mr Rajiv
Kh Waseem Altaf of the HUMAN CLUB
Najeebullah of GOLDEN ARTS M'CR
They correctly understood AL-MARYAM's cause, also spared their financial resources & skills - and thus cheerfully acknowledged the efforts being done by this CIO, AL-MARYAM, in furtherance of need for more exhaustive community services.
Some images of the event are placed below for reference & record:
to:Inam R Sehri <>
date:Dec 5, 2018, 9:51 PM
subject: Re-Opening of the CHURCH
Dec 5, 2018, 9:51 PM (2 days ago)
Thank you for the warm hospitality on Friday. As soon as I arrived I felt welcome and enjoyed the tour. The work you’ve all done is fantastic in such a short space of time and totally reformed it. Speaking on behalf of the community who now have a place they can be proud of.
I will continue to maintain contact with you going forward and offer my support whenever you need it. So please don’t hesitate to contact me should you require anything. I will ensure that local officers will keep an eye on the grounds especially in the evenings.
from:Sheila Pitt <>
to:Inam R Sehri <>
date:Dec 3, 2018, 9:49 AM
subject:RE: Mtg dated 30th Nov 2018
Mon, Dec 3, 9:49 AM (4 days ago)
Many thanks for your email and kind remarks. I feel the meeting was the first step in bringing people together which will certainly continue in the future.
Thank you also for forwarding the photos.
Once again thanks for the lovely welcome shown to everyone which was greatly appreciated.
Thu, Dec 6, 1:45 PM (1 day ago)
Thanks for this. Great photos!
I look forward to working with you to make this project a success.
Councillor Stephen Funnell
Bentilee and Ubberley Ward
Tel: 07919 564369