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Today’s public meeting…and what to do now

Thank you to everyone who came along to Chadkirk Chapel today and made their voice heard.
Thank you to all those who signed the petition.
Thank you to those who stood up for the future of Chadkirk Chapel. Some folk literally, stood up – there was standing room only as today’s meeting got underway. More than 145 within the building, others at the doorway, listening.

The Chair of the Friends of Chadkirk welcomed everyone and started the meeting by providing an update. He had written to decision makers and raised questions about the future of Chadkirk Chapel. Given the proposals, what information could they provide about the future plans and possibilities? To kick off he went through the questions with any answers he’d been given, as well as outlining the questions where answers and clarifications are still pending. We await with interest the answers to these questions*…

Much seems uncertain.

And while much seems uncertain, what we can be sure of is that Chadkirk Chapel has a special place in the hearts of people far and wide. Many individuals talked of what it meant to them. People described the value of all the amenities and opportunities. Observing the real transformation that has taken place over the years from 1995, when renovation and other projects were initiated, has been a source of immense pleasure and satisfaction. The restoration of the Chapel, the Walled Garden, the programme of steady improvements in the range of Chapel’s art and craft work, investment by the Friends of Chadkirk, including in the sound system and facilities for presentations. There is much here to celebrate.

Nevertheless, we have also seen the way that austerity measures introduced since 2008 mean that there are funding issues. In that context, the consultation includes a statement that the Museums Service seeks to save
£40 000 each year (starting in 2020) by no longer including Chadkirk Chapel in their budget or their responsibilities. Who then has the resources to plug the gap? Or to do a better job with different resources?

It is clear that people want to see Chadkirk and it’s unique Chapel play a greater (and not a lesser) part in the lives of the community. It’s listed status alone almost demands that enough resources are found.**

There are ways to influence decision makers. Here’s a few :

There is the on-line consultation currently underway. (paper copies of the document are available at Chadkirk Chapel) You can make a submission either on-line or in writing. You have until 18th November to make your submission.

There is a petition in Chadkirk Chapel. You can sign this petition. Over 300 people have already signed. In addition there’s an on-line petition.

Raise the issue with local councillors and request consideration at meeting of Werneth Area Committee.

Contact decision makers via consultation@stockport.gov.uk

Funding the future

One participant spoke of her disappointment when she learned that her daughter’s wedding had been held in Chadkirk Chapel, and yet not a penny of fee paid had come to the Friends of Chadkirk or to Chadkirk directly. How much pleasure would it have given to know that the wedding was taking place at Chadkirk and that they were contributing to the support of a treasured part of the local landscape and community and the continued nurturing of this historic site. It seems like an opportunity missed.

So here’s a thought:
What if a % of the wedding fees paid were in future dedicated to go directly and explicitly to the Friends of Chadkirk/Chadkirk Chapel. After all, without the work they do, the money they raise, the garden they maintain, the beautiful west window they commissioned , would people chose to have a wedding at Chadkirk?

Maybe with 1% of the fees they would be able to set up the service, so that the kiosk continues to open at weekends? Perhaps this money could help fund our on-going programme of improvements?
Just a thought…

There’ll be better ideas, other thoughts and possibilities, alternatives that enable thriving rather than shrinkage. What are yours?

There were many people with many ideas about ways forward. Thank you for your ideas. Now let’s take what steps we can to make sure that our voice is heard. Through the democratic process and the engagement of the community there are ways that we can achieve a better outcome. Stronger Together.

** Cambridge Museum Service – person at the meeting who stepped forward and offered support. Please get in touch.

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. 

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.

2019 : What’s happening, when …

Gardening Time:
The team will meet by Chadkirk Chapel and in the Walled Garden, on two days each month: on the first Saturday of each month between 2.00pm – 4.00pm
and on the third Thursday in the morning between 10.00 am – 12.00pm

Meetings of Friends of Chadkirk
These take place on the second Thursday of every other month
starting 10th January 2019, 1pm in Chadkirk Chapel.
then 14th March 1pm in Chadkirk Chapel
May
July
September
November

Tai Chi is held at the Chapel on Mondays (except Bank Holidays and August) 10am to 11am. Cost £3.50p per session. Tea/coffee after session.
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JANUARY
Gardening Team Times
Saturday 5th 2-4pm
Thursday 17th 10-12 am

FEBRUARY
Gardening Team Times
Saturday 2nd February 2-4pm
Thursday 21st February 10-12 am
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MARCH

Afternoon Saturday 2nd March 2-4pm Gardening Team Time

Sunday 3rd March St. Chad’s Day Celebrations at 2pm in Chadkirk Chapel.

Thursday 14th March Annual General Meeting in Chadkirk Chapel starting at 1pm. All welcome.

Thursday 21st March Morning 10-12 am Gardening Team Time

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APRIL

Gardening Team Times
Saturday 6th April 2-4pm
Thursday 18th April 10-12 am

Sunday 21st April
EASTER SUNDAY SERVICE 3pm in Chadkirk Chapel

Monday 22nd April
EASTER MONDAY CHILDREN’S EASTER TRAIL 2 -4pm
(Open to children under 10 yrs – charge: 50p)

MAY

Saturday 4th May 2-4pm Gardening Team Time

Thursday 9th May Meeting of Friends of Chadkirk in Chadkirk Chapel at 1pm.

Thursday 16th May 10-12am Gardening Team Time

JUNE

Afternoon Saturday 1st June 2-4pm Gardening Team Time

Our Annual Plant Sale takes place on Saturday 15th June 2.30pm – 4pm
on the lawn just inside the gardens.

Morning Thursday 20th June 10-12 am Gardening Team Time

Task Days 1st & 20th

PLANT SALE on lawn 2.30pm – 4pm 15th
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JULY

Afternoon Saturday 6th July 2-4pm Gardening Team Time

Thursday 11th July Meeting of the Friends of Chadkirk in Chadkirk Chapel 1pm

Morning Thursday 18th 10-12am Gardening Team Time

Tuesday 23rd July – Friday 26th July 11am – 3pm
WELL DRESSING in the making…come along and join us in Chadkirk Chapel.
11am – 3pm refreshments available.

Saturday 27th July
Blessing of St Chad’s Well at 1pm
Followed by Stockport Silver Band, stalls and refreshments.
Join us in the gardens and Chadkirk Chapel until 4pm.

Sunday 28th July
“PETERLOO PICNIC” – 3pm

AUGUST

Morning Saturday 3rd 2-4pm Gardening Team Time
Afternoon Thursday 15th 10-12 am Gardening Team Time

SEPTEMBER

Saturday 7th 2-4pm Gardening Team Time
Thursday 19th 10-12 am Gardening Team Time

Afternoon Saturday 7th September 2-4pm
BIRD and BAT BOX MAKING
£6 per box, please bring a hammer if possible.

Thursday 12th September Friends of Chadkirk Meeting in Chadkirk Chapel 1pm.

OCTOBER

Afternoon Saturday 5th October 2-4pm Gardening Team Time

HARVEST SUPPER & QUIZ 11th
7.30pm – 10 pm (approx.)
£6.50p per person – BOOKING ESSENTIAL
To obtain tickets contact Stockport Tourist Information
Office at Staircase House, Tel: 0161 474 4444.

HARVEST FESTIVAL SERVICE 3.30pm 13th

Morning Thursday 17th 10-12 am Gardening Team Time

NOVEMBER

Saturday 2nd 2-4pm Gardening Team Time
Thursday 21st 10-12am Gardening Team Time

Thursday 14th November Friends of Chadkirk Meeting in Chadkirk Chapel 1pm.

DECEMBER

Saturday 7th 2-4pm Gardening Team Time

Sunday 8th December
CAROL SERVICES 2.30pm and 4pm
(FREE BUT BOOKING ESSENTIAL)
To book tickets go to the following website :
https://carolsatchadkirk2019.eventbrite.co.uk
This website will be available from 1st November 2019

Thursday 19th 10-12 am Gardening Team Time

CAROL SERVICES 2.30pm and 4pm 8th
(FREE BUT BOOKING ESSENTIAL)
To book tickets go to the following website :
https://carolsatchadkirk2019.eventbrite.co.uk
This website will be available from 1st November 2019
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Tai Chi is held at the Chapel on Mondays (except Bank Holidays and August) 10am to 11am. Cost £3.50p per session. Tea/coffee after session.

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.