Development of a site repair and renovation business plan

Development of a site repair and renovation business plan

Lead Organisation: St Just Miners Chapel CIO
Investment Priority: Community and Place
Fund: CLUP
SPF awarded :£ 30,009.00
Location: St Just

St Just Wesleyan Methodist Chapel is a Grade II * listed building of cultural, historical and spiritual significance locally and internationally, unique in its connection to the mining landscape of our World Heritage Site. Due to dwindling congregation numbers, in 2017 the doors were about to be closed. In response to overwhelming community support, St Just Miners Chapel CIO was formed and has since worked hard to save the building and maintain it for future use by the community. Since then community volunteers and congregation members have successfully delivered a thriving programme of performance through song, music and drama and welcomed community groups, residents and businesses through its door to make the most of The Chapel as a community centre. Lease negotiations have been taking place with the Methodist Church Properties as well as a fundraising appeal to raise financial support to carry out much needed building restoration and renovation. Whilst the Covid-19 pandemic took a significant toll on day-to-day operations and business development, the organisation has been able to maintain their purpose as a community centre and place of worship and hope that 2023 will bring renewed direction.

This project will support stage one of a 10 year vision, which involves a full building options appraisal, survey and feasibility study completing to determine the level of capital investment required to restore and repair the Chapel and outline a timeline, in order of priority, for works to be carried out.  The funding will provide paid capacity and expertise to guide the Trustees, volunteers, and the local community through the next 12 months ensuring their operations, systems and processes are ready for a large-scale funding application and that their 10-year aspiration is responsive to the town’s social, environmental and economic needs. This project is the first step towards creating a future purpose for the Chapel with a focus on bringing economic benefit to the whole town and Tin Coast, with sustainable, community and collaborative values at its core.

 

Website: https://www.stjustminerschapel.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StJustMinersChapel/

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