Emmanuel Wimbledon is a "Proprietary Chapel"

Emmanuel Church Wimbledon - Overview

Emmanuel Church Wimbledon (ECW) is an Anglican Proprietary Chapel. It is fully self-supporting in funding Emmanuel staff and ministry and appoints its own clergy under the guidance of an appointed group of patrons (see below). It has always owned and funded its own buildings.

In 2016, the Church Council sent a letter requesting for arrangements to be made under the House of Bishops' Declaration on the ministry of Bishops and Priests, for Bishop Rod Thomas to be our Bishop. The Bishop of Southwark graciously agreed to this, which means that we are under the episcopal oversight of Bishop Rod Thomas. If you have any questions about this, please speak to either Rod or Robin

The principal address is 24 Ridgway, Wimbledon, London SW19 4QN.


Emmanuel’s Background and Charitable Status

Emmanuel Church Wimbledon (ECW) was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee on 5 January 2012.  Previously the church was governed by a 1875 trust deed, but in 2012 it was restructured with the church properties becoming vested in the company on a transfer from the then trustees.  The company is registered at the Companies Registry under number 07904564 and, being a registered charity, with the Charity Commission (CC) under number 1146577.  Any member of the public can search the respective registers to find out more information relating to the governance and other details relating to the company.

(Under the Emmanuel Governance section of the website, church members will also find other material explaining in greater detail its organisational structure.)

ECW continues to operate as an evangelical Anglican Church with the status of a proprietary chapel as explained in the Background note at the beginning of the company’s memorandum and articles of association (see the register of companies).  The directors of the company for Companies Acts’ purposes are also the trustees under charity law and thereby accountable to the CC; the trustees (see below) are therefore responsible for ensuring that ECW complies with legislative and regulatory requirements.

The Trustees’ general approach to Good Governance

The trustees regularly review guidance notes and newsletters issued by the CC to ensure that not only are they complying with the relevant requirements but also they are measuring themselves against good governance standards, not least in areas such as safeguarding.  The CC has issued many highly useful practice and guidance notes that are easily accessible to trustees and members of the public alike.  See the CC website – https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/charity-commission

In particular the trustees are mindful of their responsibilities to report any serious incidents that impact on the charity; this is explained in detail on the CC website but may include an incident which results in or gives rise to a risk of serious harm to a charity’s work or reputation – see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-to-report-a-serious-incident-in-your-charity.

Finally, the trustees regularly monitor guidance issued by the Church of England for the proper operation and organisation of churches.  Where necessary they will implement changes from time to time to comply with that guidance.  However, it should be noted that, because ECW is a proprietary chapel and a separate charity, the trustees cannot use the diocesan serious incident reporting procedure but must report any serious incidents to the CC themselves.



Current Trustees

Jo Grainger
Ed Coleridge
Ian Buchan
Simon Blows

Tina McGhee
Claire Stansfield

Charity Status

Emmanuel Church Wimbledon is a company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales with company number 07904564.  Emmanuel is registered with the Charity Commission with charity number 1146577.  The principal address is 24 Ridgway, Wimbledon, London SW19 4QN.

The Trustees of ECW                                                                                                        May 2020

Martin Osborn, 29/04/2019