Barthol Chapel Community Project
The building is now wind and watertight following works in 2019 to replace (and insulate) the roof, and as it will no longer be a place of worship, we have the option to phase development work based on funding available at the time. If we take this on there are many challenges ahead in terms of securing funds to purchase and convert the building, ongoing operation of the facility and marketing the space to ensure the facility breaks even.
You may have received a survey from the Barthol Chapel Community Association (BCCA) back in 2018 when we were investigating the potential of creating a shared space for community use and worship but now the Church of Scotland have confirmed their intention to sell the building, focus has switched to progressing the acquisition of the building solely for community use.
We held an open meeting on the 20th of March 2023 which was very well attended. As with previous meetings the mood was positive about the general plans being proposed and provided a mandate from the community to progress further and present a business case to the General Trustees for us to purchase the building and convert it into a community hub.
We appreciate that not everyone may have been able to attend our meeting in March, and we wish to capture the views of everyone as this would be a space that will benefit everyone! One of the first and vital steps of the process is to, therefore, canvass our local community on their views about how the building may be run and used to support the business case and proposed submission to the church.
This is a huge commitment for the community, and we want to hear your views as well as finding volunteers to join us to take this forward.
Please could you and your household take a moment to respond to a short survey that can be accessed via this link https://forms.office.com/e/9GaAyvefTT
Alternatively, if you wish a paper copy of the survey then please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will happily provide you with one.
To fully gauge the views of our community we would appreciate as many people in the household completing the survey as possible.
Please complete the survey as soon as possible, but no later than 30th June 2023.
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Thank you for taking part and sharing your views.
The church at Barthol Chapel welcomed its first congregation in 1875 and with the final service on 11th June 2023, after almost 150 years as a place of worship, the future of this wonderful building is now up to us. There is an option to take ownership of the building for use as a community hub, complimenting the use of the school in terms of ease of access, large open spaces (especially height) and accessibility all year round.
The church building currently holds our well-attended monthly community cafe and has started to be used for craft workshops. However, with some internal alterations (as well as time and money!) it could become an even more useful community asset.
Please see sketch proposals below which shows what the space could accommodate.