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How To Help

Join us in our determination to keep the Chapel doors open. With your support, we can keep it for the community.

Make A Donation

Every contribution, big or small, brings the Chapel closer to being saved.

Your donation will be used to:

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This appeal is now more necessary than ever. If the Charity can afford to buy the Chapel then we can get on with our plans to find funding for vital repairs and conservation work that this incredible space so urgently needs. If we can care for the building then we can keep the doors open, if the doors are open then the space can continue and grow as an inspirational home for arts, performance, community and spiritual reflection, welcoming people looking to discover, contribute to and connect with our local heritage and culture.”

Join In and Spread The Word

Follow our social channels, look out for our fundraising events, hire our community hall, share the campaign with your friends, family, and networks. Let’s see how far the power of digital action, community get togethers and word of mouth can take us.

Share Your Ideas

Your comments are as valuable as your donations in helping to secure the future of the Chapel. Tell us how you think the Chapel can play a vital role in life in the area and if you think the Chapel should keep its doors open for the community.

Volunteer Your Time

Lend a helping hand with fundraising events, promoting our appeal, welcoming audiences or organising activities! We need you!

Your Questions Answered

Your donation contributes to our current appeal to raise £250,000 to help buy the Chapel buildings which are being sold by the owners this year (2024).

This means that your donation will be used towards the sale price of the Chapel once it is listed on the open market along with helping meet the costs of the expertise and skills needed to plan for the Chapel’s future repair and restoration costs. As well as the costs of the much needed resource to support our volunteers to keep the doors of the Chapel open. 

If we are successful with our donation target and in receiving grant assistance we will be able to confirm to the Chapel owners that the charity would like to purchase the building.

Because the Chapel is a recognised ‘Asset of Community Value’ the charity has 6 months to try and purchase the Chapel once it is listed for sale, before anyone else can proceed with an offer.

If we buy the Chapel then our plans for the future are outlined below.  

If we are unsuccessful at raising the funds and the building is sold to someone else the charity will need to decide if it can continue with our charitable purpose. 

Donors to our current appeal will be contacted using the information they gave when they made their online donation or cheque donation and asked if they would like their donation returned, or if the charity intends to continue, asked if they would like their donation to support the charity moving forward.

If the charity does not continue to operate our Charitable Constitution ensures that our charity funds (e.g. donations from this appeals fundraiser events, collections and donation buckets) will be transferred to a local charity with similar objectives to the Chapel. 

Looking ahead with optimism to 2033 and the Chapels 200th anniversary…

We will be preparing for what we need to do to make sure the Chapel doors remain open and welcoming over the next 10 years. It is a big and complex task. To help us navigate this task we have a simple route map with 3 milestones that we need to reach. 

Milestone One –  where we are right now

Raise the funds to buy the buildings and get us prepared for what follows…

Milestone Two

Find gifted support and earned income streams to restore and repair the buildings. An important part of this will be to understand what renewable energy options we can use to help maintain and preserve the buildings, keeping costs down.

Milestone Three 

Understand what the Chapel means to our different audiences to ensure that the Chapel is useful and inspiring to a wide range of people, and transforms into a space where we all work collectively together to make things better for our community.

The Methodist Church will continue to own the graveyard, and the safeguarding of its graves, gravestones and memorials is fully protected by law.

If the charity is able to progress with the purchase of the Chapel the upkeep and maintenance of the graveyard will be a priority in our discussions with the owners.