nenthead methodist Chapel
Rory was taken on a tour of Nenthead’s Methodist Chapel on Saturday, guided by Nenthead Methodist
Chapel Steering Group member Sally Orrell. It is the aim of the Steering Group to launch a formal community bid to buy the derelict chapel as a community asset, with plans to convert the space into a cafe. The chapel, which boasts many original decorative features that the Steering Group hope to preserve, is currently owned privately. Almost 100 villagers signed a petition earlier this year to show their support for the community purchase, and the steering group have already applied for funding to help produce a business case.
Rory Stewart MP said: “This beautiful old chapel, at the very heart of Nenthead, is a monument to the village’s history and social fabric. It would be a tragedy to let it slip into complete dereliction, and I would love to support the steering group in their attempts to obtain funding to purchase this as a community asset. Nenthead has so much potential to capitalise on all the passing walkers and cyclists on the coast-to-coast route, and to provide more services to visitors who come and visit. I’ll be delighted to support the steering group in
whatever way I can. Most importantly, we need to link Nenthead to all the other community asset projects from Brampton to Bampton which are involved in similar things”