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Lesley Chakravoty

Lesley first became involved with the church through her son, who sang here with the St Mary Magdalene Primary School choir. Lesley now fulfils a key role – as Treasurer on the church council.

In this extract Lesley recalls her career as a teacher in one of the newly created comprehensive schools, discussing issues with staff and students.

Marina Kamara

Marie grew up in Blechynden Street near Latimer Road. After leaving school, Marie performed with Ballet Nègres, the first Black ballet company in Britain, before touring Europe as a fire-eating double act with her husband.

Here, Marie talks about her experiences as a dancer during the 40s and 50s.


Michael Dipple

Michael talks about his experience as a community worker from starting in the 1980s and how people would go to him for help and guidance through many different issues they had. In addition to running a local youth club and the feeling of watching these people grow up.

Michele Lee

Revd Michele has fulfilled the role of Anglican Chaplain at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington for 20 years, offering pastoral and spiritual support to patients, staff and visitors. 

In this extract Michele talks about how St Mary’s is very much a community hospital used by local people, including her own family. 

Patrick McCabe

Patrick recalls his time as a tradesman, delivering food and coal using a horse and cart.

Steve Shaw

In this extract, Steve discusses community work and how it brings people together, and the ITV series ‘Running Loose’.

“It is most necessary to avoid rusticity in any way, whether in material, design, or execution.”

George Edmund Street