NENTHEAD CHAPEL RESTORATION PROJECT

Our Latest Update
february 2019

Nenthead Chapel Project is nearing the end of its renovation phase! We are looking forward to opening the new community-owned Arts & Visitors Centre in the Spring of 2019. The Centre will be a place to socialise, reminisce, share experiences and ideas or work.

Nenthead Arts & Visitor Centre will house a unique arts and events space, a café, exhibition/ gallery space, two workshop/ meeting rooms, a small retail area and a commercial catering kitchen which will be available for community use.

There will be many opportunities to get involved over the coming months; to share your ideas, skills or interests. Currently, our main volunteer ask is for people who have;
- Copywriting skill/experience
- Accountancy skill/experience
- Database/content management skill/experience
- time and energy to join the board becoming a Director of the Society

We are also looking for local artists, musicians and academics to run short courses and events.

If you would like to do any of the above or have ideas or connections, please get in touch with Maxine - our Activities Co-ordinator. (
eMail or mobile : 07926381211 )

By working together, we will make the most of this inspiring venue for the whole community.

exciting times

We’re very excited to welcome to the two newest members of the team....

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Steve Dickinson

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Tom Cullen

We are delighted to welcome them both and are sure they’re going to make a fantastic team. Ahead of the centre opening we will be sure there will be an opportunity to come along and meet them, share any ideas you may have and volunteer to get involved.

building update

The renovation is gathering pace. Soon the windows – the eyes of the building – go back in, paint will soon be applied to the walls and the internal café and shop fittings are due to be installed in the next few weeks!

The interior is taking shape and Maxine is lining up all types of wonderful activities. There is plenty of interest in this exciting new space. We would love to hear from anyone who has ideas how we can use the new centre to support the community - be assured this is high on our list of priorities

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The windows of the building will be restored to their original grandeur – plain glass in the centre surrounded by a border of rich red and blue, as reflected in the logo above. When the sun shines through the coloured panes, they throw the most beautiful light. We would like to offer you the opportunity to dedicate a window to your family or cause. If your family or someone you know has a sentimental attachment to the chapel or Nenthead this is a unique way to reflect that connection. please get in touch. A plaque can be engraved with words of your choice and fixed next to the window so that memories are held for years to come. There can only be one dedication per window and a number of the windows are already promised, so if this is something that interests you please get in touch with Kim. The cost of the dedication (£1,000) will contribute to the restoration of the window.

activities

Watch out for information about up and coming events:

Heritage Skills Day – the guys working on the chapel make it look so easy! Now’s your chance to come and see what’s involved and try your hand at some of those tricky techniques - stone masonry, stained glass, ornate plasterwork to name a few. Skills to take home with you. Dates to be confirmed – please contact Maxine for further information.

Vocational Training for Young People; a personalised site visit has been planned for secondary pupils to get an insight into traditional build work and the paths they could take to get into industry! We are also working on developing a local work experience programme for when the centre is open – updates to follow!

Art Gallery Open Exhibition; we will shortly be accepting submissions for the opening exhibition of the Chapel gallery. Works will focus on local artists and crafters inspired by Alston Moor, its people and its landscape; contact Maxine for further information or watch Facebook for updates.

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;
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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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Work will start again on the chapel at the beginning of September. Walker Conservation Specialists Limited made a successful bid to complete the restoration work and their tender has been approved by the Heritage Lottery Fund. You may recognise the faces – Marcus and his brother Adrian have set up their own company and this is their first big job. We’re looking forward to working with them and wish them every success.