The Little Chapel Foundation

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The Restoration project is far from completion
We need approximately £500000 to fully restore the little chapel together with proposed plans for the woodland gardens, pathways, entrance gate, toilets, roofing, the Information Centre and parking bays

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PRESS RELEASE 09.07.20

 

The Little chapel foundation is pleased to announce that restoration work on the building will recommence following the receipt of a substantial grant from the Social Investment Fund’s Covid 19 Community Charity Appeal. The Foundation had lost considerable income because of the Covid 19 lock down and the lack of visitors to the Chapel for all the reasons experienced by the Island.

Without any funds we were advised that our plight might receive support from the fund as the loss of income was a direct result of the lock down. Thankfully the Appeal Fund supported us and we can continue the necessary work which entails initially repairing areas damaged by water ingress at the front of the chapel which are currently being investigated as there could be a large void to fill to ensure the Building is fully supported. This work is very urgent in the area currently closed to the public including the grotto which also has substantial work required. We also have to address a number of large dead trees when we have resolved the underpinning work.

Jack Honeybill Fundraising Officer commented:
“Initially I spoke to a number of people including a Fund Committee member regarding our plight when we had to stop work as our available funds were almost exhausted. They were most supportive knowing how much income we lost this year compared with 2020 and eventually I was invited to apply which has enabled us to take action which we hope will go some way towards completing the work before next season. I am delighted that we are considered an essential part of the Community and we will continue in future our strategy to make the iconic visitor attraction a safe and tranquil place to visit.”

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We are still faced with continuing water ingress affecting the Little Chapel particularly the Grotto which is being investigated.

Our Planning Application to address the problem coupled with other improvements to the site to provide safe, disabled friendly access to the Chapel and regeneration of the woodland gardens is under consideration and will be the subject of an Open Planning Meeting at a date to be announced.

Following concerns raised by the public and consultation with the Planning Department the plans are being revised from those shown below. The updated version will be available shortly and specification amended to substantially reduce the estimated costs and quantify the work necessary to solve the water ingress problems and repair works to the Grotto.

 

Click The Image Below To Download PDF The Outline Planning Brief (Being Revised):


History

The Little Chapel was substantially the work of one man, Brother Deodat Antoine who arrived in Guernsey in December 1913.

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