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Old Chapel Renovation

Essential Renovation needed to save the Old Chapel

The beautiful, historic Old Chapel is a legacy building, one which has been loved by generations of parishioners and is used daily by so many within our community.

Built by parishioners in 1936 at a cost of £100, the first Mass was celebrated with a congregation of fifty in December that year, and this much-loved Chapel became a central place of worship, serving the local Catholic community for more than twenty years.  Since the building of our new Church, completed in 1958, the Old Chapel has served as a meeting place for many groups including: Confirmation and First Holy Communion Catechists, Union of Catholic Mothers, OLI Primary School and more.

Having served us so well, the Old Chapel is in desperate need of renovation.  The roof, internal layout and services require much needed updating and repair if we are to safeguard this charming building for our children and grandchildren.  We have therefore launched 'The Old Chapel Appeal' with a heart-felt request for Our Lady Immaculate parishioners to donate as generously as possible to restore the Old Chapel to its former glory.  Once completed, we will have a fabulous new social venue for all parishioners to enjoy.  The alternative is unthinkable; demolishing the building and all the wonderful memories it holds.


The Old Chapel Appeal

What do we need to do?  How can you help?

  • Raise the necessary funds to restore and save the Old Chapel.
  • Why must we act now?

-           there are extensive cracks to the external walls

-           one of the walls is bowing under the weight of the roof

-           the entrance lobby requires demolition and rebuilding

-           the kitchen needs to be upgraded

-           new toilets (including disabled facilities) are required

-           the electrical installation needs updating

  • A substantial legacy has been bequeathed to the Church by Anthony Moore which will be used towards these works.  We are deeply grateful for this generous contribution.
  • We need to secure an additional £70,000 from direct donations by February 2015 in order to instruct building contractors.  If we fail to raise the necessary funds, the Old Chapel will continue to deteriorate and ultimately will have to be closed.
  • Monies will be raised from direct donations and ongoing fund raising activities. 
  • Donations can be made online, by cheque or cash.  We also invite any offers of loans.
  • The building work must commence in Summer 2015.
    • Once the Chapel Appeal is up and running, regular updates on our funding status will be communicated by the Priests.

How to Donate to the Old Chapel Appeal

Online (justgiving)


Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast, efficient and totally secure.  Once you donate, JustGiving will send your money directly to us and make sure that Gift Aid* is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer.

By cheque or cash

Cheque Payable to : Our Lady Immaculate RC Church

Put cash / cheque in an envelope (please write Old Chapel Appeal on the envelope).  If you are a tax payer, please also download a gift aid* form and enclose within the envelope so we can reclaim the tax.  Envelopes can be delivered to the presbytery.

By bank transfer

Reference : Old Chapel  Fund

Account  Number : 49536710                        Sort Code : 60-21-05

Standing Order (weekly / monthly)

If you would like to make a regular standing order payment for a period of time, please download a standing order mandate here.  Please send this to your bank for them to set up.

If you pay tax, please complete the Gift Aid Form and deliver this to the presbytery (please note on here that it will be donations by standing order)

By loan to the Old Chapel Fund

If you would like to make an interest free loan to the Old Chapel Fund, repayable on demand, please speak to Fr Anthony. 

* Gift Aid: If you are a UK taxpayer, Gift Aid enables you to boost the value of your donations by 25p for every £1 you give.


Building Plans for Presbytery & Old Chapel

The elevations on all sides here

Ground floor Presbytery & Old Chapel here

First floor Presbytery here


Historic photos showing the building of the Old Chapel can found here


Fr Redding during construction

1950's wedding

 May Procession 1988

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