Category Archives: Chadkirk Chapel

16th October Friends of Chadkirk Meeting at 1-30 pm in Chadkirk Chapel

The future of Chadkirk is being considered in the current round of budget planning and cost savings. 

As a means of making budget savings,  proposals being considering include:

  • (b)  Offer local organisations the opportunity to run the visitor and refreshment facility at Chadkirk Chapel and for the Council to cease operating the museum offer at the site.

Removing the chapel from the list of museum sites has many potential implications. 

How then will the fabric of the building be maintained to ensure the chapel’s future use by our community? How will that be taken care of? Funded? Which part of the Council will be responsible for the Chapel?

Will this change of status affect it’s continued use by our community?

Without adequate maintenance will it be available to the community as a safe, beautiful place to meet and celebrate the passing of the seasons? What will happen to it’s key role as a focal point for community use of Chadkirk and Chadkirk Chapel? What of the future of events such as Weekly Tai Chi, annual festivals such as Harvest Supper, Easter and Christmas celebrations? Well Dressing ? Well Dressing Blessing Day? Bat box making?

A consultation process is under way. Now is the time to make your views known about the future of Chadkirk.

https://consultation.stockport.gov.uk/policy-performance-and-reform/museums-consultation-2019/

The public consultation on the proposals runs until 15 th November. 

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Consultation about changes

A consultation process is under way. Now is the time to make your views known about the future of Chadkirk.

https://consultation.stockport.gov.uk/policy-performance-and-reform/museums-consultation-2019/

The future of Chadkirk is being considered in the current round of budget planning and cost savings. 

The public consultation on the proposals runs until 15 th November.

 

As a means of making budget savings,  proposals being considering include:

  • (b)  Offer local organisations the opportunity to run the visitor and refreshment facility at Chadkirk Chapel and for the Council to cease operating the museum offer at the site.

Removing the chapel from the list of museum sites has many potential implications. 

How then will the fabric of the building be maintained to ensure that the chapel’s future use by our community? How will that be taken care of? Funded? By which part of the council if not by museums service?

Will this change of status affect it’s continued use by our community?

Without adequate maintenance will it be available to the community as a safe, beautiful place to meet, celebrate the passing of the seasons? What will happen to it’s key role as a focal point for community use of Chadkirk and Chadkirk Chapel? What of the future of events such as Weekly Tai Chi, annual festivals such as Harvest supper, Easter and Christmas celebrations? Well Dressing ?

A consultation process is under way. Now is the time to make your views known about the future of Chadkirk.

https://consultation.stockport.gov.uk/policy-performance-and-reform/museums-consultation-2019/

As part of current proposals for Stockport Council’s Medium Term Financial Plan (MTFP ) 2020/21, there is a proposition that the budget for the museums service is reduced by £150k per year with effect from April  2020 . A summary of the outline proposal is attached. 

The Council has developed four proposals for meeting the required budget saving: 

1.   Reduce the number of museum sites operated by the Council 

2.   Change opening hours at Stockport’s museums 

3.   Change fees and charges for admission to Stockport’s museums 

4.   Changes to museums service management. 

 

The detail of the proposals 1-3 is now subject to online public consultation which can be accessed at the link below. 

https://consultation.stockport.gov.uk/policy-performance-and-reform/museums-consultation-2019/

The public consultation on the proposals runs until 15 th November. 

We would really welcome your views on these proposals and encourage you to participate in this consultation exercise. 

Chadkirk Chapel 

Chadkirk Chapel is a popular refreshment facility for walkers, but its offer as a museum is limited. The site has being increasingly used as a venue for civil weddings in the past two years. With the proposed budget reduction and the other museum sites it is committed to operating, the Council cannot justify continuing to operate Chadkirk as a museum. It is proposed that the site is closed as a museum from 29th December 2019. The Council proposes to work with local organisations to see if they are interested in opening the site to the public and operating the refreshment facility at the site. 

Benefits 

The proposed closure of Stockport Museum and Chadkirk Chapel to the public will have the following benefits: 

  •   Savings of £0.040m of the proposed £0.150m budget saving.
  •   Reduction in the operational management requirement for the Council’s museums which will
    enable savings in service management
  •   Enabling the Council to focus its attention on improving and developing those sites which are
    unique to Stockport and help to define the identity of the town.
  •   Enabling the museums family gallery to be re-provided at a more accessible location.
  •   Enabling museum collections to be displayed in new and more accessible locations.

October 16th at 13-30 a meeting of Friends of Chadkirk to discuss this proposal.

3 March 2019 St Chad’s Day at Chadkirk

The next event at the Chapel will be 3rd March St. Chad’s Day, when we will be showing the DVD telling the story of St. Chad and cakes will also be on sale. This will start at 2pm.

More information about 2019 events and activities, meetings and gatherings will appear here soon.

Good News for Valentine’s Day

Stockport Council would like to make more of the beautiful chapel and surroundings by using it as a venue for civil wedding ceremonies.

Their events team held a meeting with the Friends of Chadkirk to discuss their plans. We were advised that there might be up to 12 weddings a year. On those days the chapel would be closed to the general public. For the rest of the year it would be business as usual, with members of public able to enjoy the gardens and with Chadkirk Chapel open to visitors at weekends on days when there are no weddings booked.

Weddings are usually planned months in advance so there will be plenty of notice of any closure.

Regular events at Chadkirk, especially the well dressing, will not be affected and will take place as usual.

The Friends of Chadkirk and representatives from the events team were present at the Werneth Area Committee meeting on Monday 29th January and spoke in favour of the proposal.

The Chadkirk wedding brochure can be accessed via this link: http://www.stockportevents.co.uk/weddings-at-chadkirk-chapel/

Harvest time

Nights are drawing in and it’s time to celebrate the changing of the seasons.
Down at Chadkirk we do that by opening the Chapel on a Friday evening and inviting folk to come along and join us for food and fun.

The food is our traditional offer of HotPot Supper.
Delicious HotPot and freshly baked Apple Pie.

The fun is provided by your companions and their/yours/our quick wit/surreal statements/daft ideas in responding to some silly questions about random aspects of life. Sit round a table, eat, drink and enjoy. All in a historical building that is part of our heritage from centuries past. Enjoying the here and now.
Food and fun. Community and conviviality. Ancient and modern. Laughter and Apple Pie.

Harvest Supper and Quiz
Friday 20th October
Tickets are £6
starts at 7.30pm. 

Tea and coffee available
and/or bring a bottle (no corkage fee!)

Harvest Supper on Friday 20th October

on Sunday another possibility:
Harvest Festival on Sunday 22nd October
Sing, pray, give thanks.

A note from Howard:

Tickets for the Harvest Supper (price £6) are available from the Tourist Information Centre, 30-31, The Market Place, Stockport,  SK1 1ES, 0161-474 4444.
 

Tickets for the Carol Services are to be had of Eventbrite
https://chadkirkcarolservice.eventbrite.co.uk.

Tickets for the Carol Services are free of charge.
If, though, anyone wishing to attend one of the services would struggle to book on line, our colleagues at the Tourist Information Centre would be happy to assist in person.
 

Chadkirk Chapel…before it had Friends

Our Friend from South Africa has recently shared her stories of the renovation of the gardens. I wonder if there are people out there, reading this, who have been involved in the renovation of the Chapel at Chadkirk? This black and white photograph reminds us that Chadkirk Chapel was in a sorry state. If you have stories to tell of how the semi-derelict building was transformed into the building we enjoy today, we’d love to hear from you. Did you take part in the restoration? Or create any of the art works that are displayed there today? With your experiences, memories and photographs we can tell the tale of Chadkirk.

A different kind of Mothering Sunday treat…

Looking for a different kind of treat?
This Sunday, for one day only?
In Chadkirk Chapel?
….meet St.Chad?

Well…sort of…

Between 2 and 4 pm
Chadkirk Chapel will be open.
There’ll be a Friends of Chadkirk stall offering a variety of comestibles.
Tea, coffee, hot Vimto.
Traybake treats: flapjacks, lemon drizzle cake, caramel and chocolate slices for £1

In addition there’ll be the chance to watch a short ‘film’ about St. Chad, the Chapel’s saint. A short stroll, an interesting building full of curiosities, an opportunity to see something of the lives of people in the past. And cake. Something a little different for Sunday.

Sunday 6th March St. Chad’s Day in Chadkirk Chapel 2-4pm

Please note that the council run kiosk will not be open (no staff available).