King’s Lynn chapel has grand reopening

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The grand reopening of St Nicholas Chapel in Lynn took place today ... and now the church has promised it is time for another change.

The clock on the west face of medieval church facing St Ann’s Street, has long been stuck at 11.45.

St Nicholas Chapel, King's Lynn ANL-150722-162444009

St Nicholas Chapel, King's Lynn ANL-150722-162444009

But Adrian Parker, chairman of the Friends of St Nicholas Chapel said: “That is operated by the council and we have told them that the electricity is back on, so it will be going again by the end of next week.”

The ribbon to officially reopen the chapel after £2.3 million of work was cut outside the chapel’s west door by Janice Hardy, a local resident who had won a competition to do the honours.

Janice and husband John had married there is 1971.

She cut the ribbon beside Mr Parker and re-enactors in medieval dress and a spectacular silver spray-painted angel.

Inside there was a craft fair and there was to be a storyteller for the children and medieval trials for the adults – a chance for wives to put their husbands in the dock!

Mr Parker said there had been times when reaching this stage in the project seemed a long way off.

“There was a long gap between when we had the money to get the chapel repaired and starting. It was March 2013 when we got the money and July 2014 when the contractors got on site.”

He paid tribute to William Anelay’s, who did the work. He said: “It is fair to say they helped us to expertly spend the money.

“£2.3 million seems a lot of money but when you are relaying a roof of this size and installing kitchens the money runs away.”

Mr Parker said that visitors to the chapel would notice two main differences from before. The walls have been whitewashed, so it looks far brighter, and three rows of pews have been removed at the back.

“This is to allow a bigger space for exhibitions,” he said.

The chapel will still stage six services a year but the intention is that the main use of the chapel is for community and commercial events.

Some of the upcoming attractions are an exhibition by West Norfolk Artists at the end of next week.

On October 17, the King’s Lynn Festival will stage a concert with the Fairey Band.

At Christmas, the Medieval Baebes will be performing.

Heating has been improved in the church with infra-red heater bars installed and it is hoped that the chapel space will now be more user-friendly for hirers.