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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 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. To view all forthcoming events at our buildings click here.

'Hard Hat' Tours at Petre Chapel

Join a special behind the scenes tour of Petre Chapel in Brentwood as it undergoes essential renovation work. Come face to face with the gargoyles and talk to the stonemasons about their work to preserve and protect this fascinating building. Tours run on 31st July and 26th August and cost just £15 or £10 for existing HCT Supporters, including tea/coffee and biscuits. Contact Lorraine on (020) 7481 - 0533 if you'd like to join a tour.

Todmorden Peals Again

The bells at Todmorden Unitarian Church will rang out a quarter peal from on 12th July to celebrate the recently completed restoration of the bells, which had fallen silent. The restoration was a £70,000 project made posible by many generous donors and a legacy from Geoffrey Cheetham. If you live locally and are interested in taking up bell-ringing contact Helen, the Tower Captain at Todrmoden on (01706) 847 - 964.

A Harvest Tea

A re-creation of the harvest tea described in David Holmes's book 'An Inglorious Affair' describing the fierce controversies among Suffolk Nonconformists in the nineteenth century about what to sing (and what not) in chapel. Sunday 21st September.  For details see http://www.walpoleoldchapel.co.uk/

WWI Commemorations

One of several local commemorations of the local fallen from East Budleigh is at Salem Chapel weekends until 26th July, 2-5pm. For other commemorations go to the Events page of this site.

Architect or Surveyor Wanted

A Conservation Accredited architect or surveyor is needed to inspect our two most Northerly buildings: at Coanwood and Biddlestone.   To make an expression of interest and to request the Brief please contact HCT by 21st July 2014.