Today

Hoppers belongs to a dynamic little charity. The freehold is its only asset apart from some investments left from the sale of the Red House. It is run mainly by volunteers who, like the people on the war memorial, "have loved this place".


The management team are constantly reviewing which 'needs' of the present generation can be met by making appropriate use of the property. We believe that Hoppers is still a place of healing. One downside of social networking is the potential for people to feel isolated from 'fellowship'. The value of staying away with a small group is that they find the space to share deeply.


In recent years there has been an increasing partnership with groups from Paddock Wood and Five Oak Green, who find that Hoppers is a magic place to meet. Maintaining the special atmosphere, balanced between old and new, is our aim.To this end the kitchen, heating were replaced in 2009 and oak flooring laid. This was made possible by the closure of The Mary Edmonds Bath Chair Fund, whose principal activity of providing bath chairs had ceased to exist.

A secondary objective was to provide a 'change of air' for Londoners. Ron Vaughan, who had worked for finance department of the London Diocese, was a trustee of both The Red House and the Bath Chair Fund, obtained permission from The Charity Commission for the funds to be transferred.

 

The striking picture of the Last Supper (originally by Sieger Koder) displayed in the dining room was painted on site in 2009 by Keeley Wynn, an Islington based artist and digital media graduate. She was staying at Hoppers with her family as part of a community group. The symbolism in the picture reflects her wholesome faith.

 

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