If you’re still trying to decide where to have your works Christmas party, then help may be at hand from a rather unusual venue.
That’s because Lynn’s St Nicholas Chapel will be hosting its own party nights during the run-up to the festive period, following the recent completion of a £2.7 million re-development of the building.
The move has been made to help officials meet the future maintenance costs of the chapel, which re-opened to the public as a community venue last month.
Abigail Rawlings, regional officer for the Churches Conservation Trust (CCT), which looks after the building, said: “It’s no good spending £2.7 million on it for people not to come and do anything with it.”
As part of the re-development project, several rows of pews were removed to create an open space where the Christmas celebrations will take place. A new kitchen and toilet facilities were also installed.
The events, which the trust says have attracted good levels of bookings so far, will cater for a maximum of 120 people.
The parties will offer pre-meal drinks before a three-course dinner and dancing until midnight under licensing restrictions.
Miss Rawlings said celebratory events were a common occurrence at the 340 churches maintained by the CCT across the country.
She added: “We just hope people will be respectful. We hold different events and parties and we don’t have any problems. If we do, we will have staff there who can step in, but we don’t anticipate any problems.”
The parties are just one way in which the trust hopes to bring more people to the chapel.
Another, which was unveiled at the weekend, is a range of new history displays, including several mirror carts that are designed to give visitors a closer look at the chapel’s roof angels.
A dressing up box, that will enable visitors to try some of the costumes of the chapel’s religious or consistory court, is also expected to be put in place over the next couple of weeks.
Miss Rawlings said the chapel had already been the subject of significant interest from schools since its re-opening.
She added: “We’re hoping now we have got even more for them to do, the chapel will be an ever bigger draw, especially if we can link up with partner agencies.”
Anyone interested in booking places at the Christmas parties, at a price of £38 per person, should phone 01553 774471 or 01223 324442.