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Historic Chapels Trust rescues places of worship in England that are no longer in use by congregations.  We aim to hand them onto future generations in good condition, as the physical record of vital strands of our history.  Our buildings include a range of nonconformist chapels and Catholic churches - but not Anglican churches as there is government scheme for this.

 

We encourage new uses to help make our building sustainable. Contact us if you would like to hire one of our chapels for an event by emailing Sophie Cooper - transition@hct.org.uk 

 

To view all forthcoming events at our buildings click here.

 

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News

HCT Launches Photographic Competition

We are on the look out for high quality photos of our churches, chapels and meeting houses to use in publicity, fundraising and on the web.  If you are a keen photographer you could win £250 of equipment of your choice in our competition. Closing date: 31 March 2015. For entry details email lorraine@hct.org.uk

Learn to Ring in Todmorden

The bells at Todmorden Unitarian Church rang out a quarter peal on 12th July to celebrate the completed restoration of the bells, which had fallen silent. It was a £70,000 project made posible by many generous donors and a legacy from local bell-ringer Geoffrey Cheetham. Todmorden is a training tower and if you are interested in learning change-ringing at Todmorden contact the tower captain Helen on (01706) 847 - 964. Absolute beginners welcome.

Bethesda - Our Boys - Now Open

An exhibiton tracing the fascinating and often tragic stories behind the WWI roll-call at this chapel in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent is now open. The Friends of Bethesda are working on the exhibiton over the next two years adding further research to the moving and various stories being told. Freee admission but donations welcome. For opening dates see  http://www.bethesda-stoke.info/index.php/events/

Advent at Biddlestone RC Chapel, Northumberland

Friday 28th November 5pm Annual Service of Readings and Hymns for Advent - in the romantic and remote Biddlestone RC Chapel, in the Cheviot Hills, followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the medieval undercroft.  All welcome. Car Parking adjacent to chapel, but please take a torch to get to and from your car! For Directions see the Chapels page of this website or phone the keyholder, details also on the Chapels page.

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Weddings, Funerals, Burial and Commemorations

Many of our buildings are ideal for such events and some are registered for marriages.  Phone Sophie Cooper for details of what can be offered on (07894) 571-328