NENTHEAD CHAPEL RESTORATION PROJECT

Nenthead Chapel Project

What’s Happening Under the Tent……..
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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 mid 2019
Our Latest Update
— July 2018 —

Annual General Meeting.

Nenthead Chapel Enterprise Limited’s well attended Annual General Meeting took place on Sunday 8th July in Nenthead Village Hall. We were joined by Alice Wharton of Co-ops UK, who gave a lively talk about the benefits of being a Community Benefit Society. Peter Davidson then updated everyone on project progress. Three Directors had to stand down and two chose to stand again. Our thanks go to Simon Tisdall and Jackie Carnell, directors who have served on the Board. Our current Directors are: Sandra MacKenzie (Chair), Sian Griffith-Jones (Company Secretary), Peter Davidson, Tom Beattie, Brian Aves, Ian Taylor-Lynch and Alison Baker.

If you have shares in the chapel and would like the opportunity to have a direct input into the development of the new business, then we’d like to hear from you. Please feel free to contact Kim for more information (link at the end of this update).

Building Work Update

Invitations to tender for the remaining work have been sent out to four companies, all of whom are keen to come and see the restoration of the chapel through to completion. Contractor interviews took place on 25th July and tenders will be returned to us on 6th August. We expect that work on the chapel will recommence as soon as possible.

Photograph Appeal

Thanks to those who have sent in Nenthead photographs – here are a selection of some of the lovely images we’ve received so far. Our thanks to Mike Knowles and others.

If you have any photos you would like to share, please email low resolution images to Kim by clicking on this link. The pictures, with your permission, may be used on the new website, in marketing material, as retail items and potentially in the local press.

Get snapping

And finally, following the departure of a member of our project team we will soon be recruiting! We are looking for an outgoing, dynamic and self-motivated person to help us develop events and activities based at Nenthead Arts & Visitor Centre. If you enjoy a challenge and are looking for part-time, self-employed work then look out for more information....coming soon.

You can download the latest update below.

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http://nentheadchapel.co.uk/

Restoring glory and telling the story….

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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About Us
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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