The Old Chapel Community Project was set up in March 2018 by a group of people in the village, who wanted to ensure that The Old Chapel remained part of their community.
The aim of the project was to initially raise £50,000 required to purchase the building from the Countess of Huntingdon's Trust, thus preventing it from going to auction. After just 10 weeks and a fabulous Open Day, we reached our goal, receiving donations and pledges totaling £50k!
On November 2nd 2018, purchase of The Old Chapel was completed. An Official Opening Day was held on November 3rd, with special guest (and resident of Gotherington) Edward Gillespie OBE, Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire
Since then, we have received grants from Enovert Community Trust (£50k), ACRE (£20k) The National Lottery's Community Fund (£10k), the Garfield Weston Foundation (£7k) and Allchurches Trust (£3k), totalling £90k. In addition, last year we received a £10k COVID Business grant from Tewkesbury Borough Council and £9k 'Growing our Communities' grant from Gloucestershire County Council. Major renovation work began in July 2020.
With local support we secured financial investments for our project from the following community support schemes.
New Tiles for the Old Chapel!
Here are some of our wonderful neighbours who sponsored the new tiles, helping to raising an additional £4,000!
Before building work commenced on The Old Chapel we launched our crowdfunder 'New Tiles for the Old Chapel' to help cover some of the costs and allow us to get as much of the internal works done during the renovation as possible.
As work began on the roof, and the old tiles and trusses were removed, villagers started sponsoring tiles and signing them before they were fitted. Thanks once again to the amazing support from neighbours, family and friends, we managed to raise over £4,000!!!
The local support shown for The Old Chapel Community Project has proven the love people have for this building, and together we will ensure it remains open to the community for generations to come.