A new lease of life is being breathed into the Old Chapel at the Sacred Heart of Mary Girls’ School as part of an exciting project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Towards the end of January, Gemma Smith was appointed as Heritage Officer to help with the development of the Old Chapel. Until the Chapel is open in the latter part of 2012, Gemma will be working to establish the project in the local community and meeting with existing heritage organisations and community groups to gauge their support and to seek their input. It is hoped, once finished, that the Old Chapel will be used by the community to learn about the heritage of Upminster. It will also provide resources for visits from local schools, and be a venue for hire in the evenings, at weekends and during school closure periods.
Building work has commenced with the first stages being the necessary demolition and restoration works to the Chapel building. The building work mainly involves securing the existing structure, installing new facilities and making the Chapel accessible for all.
If you would like to know more or to get involved, please contact:
Gemma Smith on 01708 222660 ext. 266 or e-mail her firstname.lastname@example.org