Nenthead Chapel Restoration Project

Restoring glory and telling the story….

What’s going to happen….

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 Stain Glass
 
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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When…….

Work is due to start on the building in March 2017 (weather permitting). The chapel will open its doors to the public in early Summer 2018.

What's happened so far:-

  • Feb 2011

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    Petition launched to gauge local interest in restoring the chapel
  • March 2011

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    Steering Group formed to develop the project
  • March 2011

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    Owner agrees to project going ahead and agrees to consider sale of chapel to community
  • May 2011

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    Steering group constituted as an unincorporated association
  • May-June 2011

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    Consultations by Steering Group with local residents and businesses including a series of consultation meetings.
  • Summer 2011

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    Volunteer Visitor Survey carried out
  • Sept 2011

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    Initial meeting with Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)
  • April 2012

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    Grade II Listing Building status approved
  • April 2012

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    Heritage Lottery Fund Round One application submitted
  • August 2012

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    £20,000 development phase matched funding secured from Eden District Council’s Rural Infrastructure Fund
  • Sept 2012

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    HLF Round One submission rejected – more information required
  • Nov 2012

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    Red Research appointed to carry out market research
  • Feb 2013

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    HLF Round One resubmitted
  • June 2013

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    HLF Development Phase Award
  • Oct 2013

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    Permission to start received
  • Nov 2013

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    Project Co-ordinator appointed
  • Jan 2014

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    Conservation Architect appointed
  • Jan-Feb 2014

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    Building condition surveys undertaken
  • Feb 2014

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    Audience Engagement research undertaken
  • April 2014

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    Stage C review part I (building) & Nenthead Big Breakfast
  • May 2014

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    Nenthead Gala Day (heritage skills trial) and visits to schools
  • May 2014

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    Interpretive and Marketing plans, learning and training plans commissioned
  • May 2014

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    Chapel valuation carried out
  • May 2014

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    New organisational structure agreed (IPS)
  • June 2014

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    Stage C review Part II (activities) – development phase extended until May 2015
  • Dec 2014

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    Planning permission & Listed Building Consent received
  • Jan 2015

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    LEADER programme opening put back to March
  • March 2015

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    Burns Collett appointed to assist with business case
  • March 2015

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    Purchase price agreed for chapel
  • March 2015

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    Community pledge forms issued
  • June 2015

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    Development phase extended until November 2015
  • July 2015

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    LEADER programme opening put back to September
  • July 2015

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    Business case completed
  • Sept 2015

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    Crowdfunding campaign launched
  • Nov 2015

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    Business plan completed
  • Nov 2015

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    Second round bid submitted to Heritage Lottery Fund
  • April 2016

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    Success! Heritage Lottery Fund award
  • June 2016

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     Building purchased
  • January 2017

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    Planning permission granted
  • March 2017

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    House sparrows and Starlings building nests in Chapel roof
  • March 2017

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    Organ removed for restoration
Heritage Lottery
Eden District Council
Commnity Shares
Hatfield Trust
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.
Nenthead Chapel Project
LOCATION
Nenthead, Cumbria
Nenthead Chapel Restoration Project