Raise a glass for opening of King’s Lynn chapel

St Nicholas Chapel, King's Lynn ANL-150722-162433009
St Nicholas Chapel, King's Lynn ANL-150722-162433009
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Lynn’s historic St Nicholas Chapel is about to start a new chapter as a community and cultural venue.

Scaffolding has come down and builders are starting to tidy up the chapel after spending nearly a year transforming the site in a £2.7 million restoration project.

Friends of St Nicholas Church are now gearing up for the opening in autumn and are looking for volunteers.

The group has also applied to West Norfolk Council for a licence to sell alcohol during its performances. It has previously sold alcohol during events under temporary licences.

The diocese handed the church over to the Churches Conservation Trust 25 years ago and it now hosts just six parish services a year.

Chairman of the Friends Adrian Parker said: “We are going to have more concerts and a great variety of things to happen in St Nicholas Chapel.

“We can have services but it is not its prime function anymore as the parish gave it up 25 years ago.

“This is a way of being sure that we can serve refreshments and it is informal just as is done in Lynn Minster.”

The chapel is hoping to attract an army of volunteers to welcome visitors or serve refreshments during the events.

Volunteer recruitment and training sessions will be held during August.

Mr Parker said: “People have volunteered at the chapel in the past have found it hugely rewarding.”

The chapel will be opening its doors to visitors once more in September.

A free concert featuring a local band, choir and orchestral group will be held on Saturday, September 12. The chapel will also be open for the Heritage Open Day on Sunday, September 13.

West Norfolk Artists Association have delayed its usual exhibition until Saturday, September 19 to appear in the chapel.

On Saturday, October 17, the Farey Band will be performing in the chapel as one of the King’s Lynn Festival events.

Work on the chapel has been funded by a Heritage Lottery Fund along £250,000 from the Calling All Angels appeal.