Nenthead Chapel Restoration Project

Nenthead Chapel Project

What’s Happening Under the Tent……..

NEW LOGO AND NAME REVEALED

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Nenthead Arts & Visitors Centre

Once the renovation work has completed the Chapel will be renamed as the Arts and Visitors Centre. We are hoping that this will be complete by the end of 2018.

Watch out for more news soon.

Latest News

Calling Crafters of Nenthead & Beyond

 
Do you have an art and/or craft skill that you would like to share with others?
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Would you enjoy teaching your skills by leading your own workshop at the new Nenthead Arts and Visitor Centre?
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Are you looking for a new venue to sell your art or crafts?
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Find out how you can be involved
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Come and have your say, exchange ideas and meet like-minded people.
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NENTHEAD VILLAGE HALL FRIDAY 18th MAY at 2.00PM Everyone welcome - refreshments provided


WANTED...PHOTOGRAPHS OF NENTHEAD

 
We’re looking for the best photographs of Nenthead
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… it’s people, places, wildlife and spectacular scenery throughout the seasons...
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old or new photographs...it doesn’t matter which
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...to be used on the new website, marketing material, retail shop items and potentially in the local press.

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If you have photos you’d like to share, please email low res images to Claire

For more information contact Claire on 07946 304044

Restoring glory and telling the story….

Renovations in the Chapel
Back to the frame at Nenthead Chapel

The builders are in…..

Now that work is well underway on the building we can turn our attention to the exciting task of developing activities and getting people involved. We have to make sure that there’s plenty to do and see when the chapel opens its doors later this year (October). We want to tell Nenthead’s colourful story and make sure people realise that Nenthead is not a place to be overlooked. We plan to develop a Nenthead Village Map & Trail and walking and cycling routes in the surrounding area. Geneaology, wildlife, mining heritage, geology, wide open spaces and fabulous skies are only some of the things to be discovered and appreciated.
If you have some spare time and would like to help us bring this all together we’d love to hear from you.

Marcus and his team are doing great works under the enormous tent. They’ve stripped the building right back, repaired the structure, installed new mechanics and electrics and are now starting to piece it all back together. This will be the time-consuming phase. The ornate plaster ceiling will be renovated, plasterwork and cornices repaired, the exterior will be pointed and the historic features restored. Work will also soon start on the new extension to the rear of the building which will house the kitchen and heating system. Once the floorboards are re-instated we hope to be able to take people inside so they can see for themselves the enormous amount of work that’s being carried out.

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Claire Worboys - Nenthead Chapel Events Coordinator
We are delighted to announce a new team member on the chapel project. Claire Worboys, of Alston, started work on 15th January in the role of Activity Development Officer and is quickly getting to grips with everything we need to do (and there’s plenty of it!) Claire’s role is to develop our network of volunteers and makes links with anyone who provides workshops or other events which could run in Nenthead. If you have any ideas or contacts she would be delighted to hear from you.

What's it all about?

Nenthead Chapel Enterprise Limited, a new Community Benefit Society (number 7039), has purchased Nenthead Chapel using Heritage Lottery Fund money that has been awarded to the project. We are going to restore the Chapel and create a vibrant new café and community space in the centre of the village.

The chapel will become;
Nenthead Chapel Doors - pre restoration
 
A warm and welcoming café —somewhere to spend time in company (or in peace and quiet) whilst enjoying good food.
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A place where all sorts of new events and activities will take place for young people, families, visitors and residents.
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A hub for internet access with laptops available for all to use.
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A place that could provide healthcare; chiropodists, hairdressers, complimentary medicine etc.
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Extra space for Nenthead Community Shop, North Pennine Cycles and other small businesses, should they need it.
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An attractive gallery and retail space for local/regional artists and craft workers.
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A focal point for visitors and residents who want to explore the colourful history of this fascinating area.
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A hub of creativity and a catalyst for new enterprise.
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A new business—creating up to 10 part-time jobs and fantastic opportunities for volunteers.
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  • Before the Restoration:

    Nenthead Chapel's Past

    Nenthead Chapel sits in the middle of one of the foremost mining villages of the North Pennines. The village of Nenthead was designed by the London Lead Mining Company as a ‘model’ village and was at one time at the forefront of social reform. Nenthead was the first village in Britain to have electric street lighting and the ‘Reading Rooms’ were the first free public lending library in the UK. Nenthead has a fascinating story to tell……..
    Nenthead Chapel
    The former Methodist Chapel, a Grade II Listed Building, stands on a site close to where John Wesley held his outdoor sermons. At one time the entire population of Nenthead (close to 2,000 people in its heyday) would have worshipped in the Chapel regularly. They had to, or else thy didn’t get paid! Services ceased in 2002 and in the intervening years the building has been closed to the public and fallen into disrepair.
  • Present:

    Modern Day…….

    The community of Nenthead are working together to save this important landmark. They plan to bring the Chapel back to life in the heart of the village. The Chapel now belongs to Nenthead and work is underway to open the chapel doors again, with a new look and as a place where locals and visitors can enjoy a little bit of history, meet up and take a well-earned rest.
    Nenthead Chapel window
    Under the banner of ‘Nenthead Chapel Community Project’ a Heritage Lottery Grant of £1,699,500 has been secured. Matched funding has also come from Eden District Council, Cumberland Building Society, The Hadfield Trust, various Quaker organisations and individual members of the local community.
  • The Future

    Securing the Future

    The Chapel will provide a warm welcome for locals and the many visitors who spend time here. Ambitious plans include a café, local shopping experience, exhibition space and workshop space.

    Explore this site to find out how you can be involved and to watch the progress
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Nenthead Chapel Enterprise Limited (NCEL) is the name of the Community Benefit Society established to run the project and eventually, the new business. It was formed in 2014 and is now registered with the Financial Conduct Authority.
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