Friends of Wardour Chapel
The chapel has been owned by a trust (Charity Registration Number 224234) since 1898 and is entirely dependent on donations as no endowment was made when the trust was established.
Over recent years, financial constraints have prevented the trustees from undertaking any significant maintenance tasks. However, some things cannot be put off any longer, and the trustees have therefore decided to establish The Friends of Wardour Chapel with the simple aim of generating an annual income which will help to achieve the task of keeping this great chapel open for worship.
The annual running costs of the chapel, before maintenance, are in the region of £15,000 and it has become increasingly clear that these costs are beyond the resources of the local congregation. The Friends program seeks to raise funds towards these costs, for identified building and repair projects, and to build a sinking fund for future works.
Currently the chapel is open to the public twice a week and is in regular use as an important part of the parish of Tisbury and Wardour. Services are celebrated every Sunday (11am) and Tuesday (9.15am). In addition, there is a thriving state primary school at Wardour, and the pupils attend the chapel on Tuesdays during term time. It is of great benefit to the students of the school to be able to experience this magnificent building and its treasures as a regular part of their education, and it is therefore of on-going significance to the spiritual life of the local community.
In addition to the fabric of the building, the Wardour Chapel Trust is responsible for the very fine contents of the chapel and the sacristy: vestments, silver and several large and notable continental paintings. All this is in increasing need of conservation work. The trustees believe that these items should remain at the chapel, to be used as intended by those who made and gave them, rather than be added to a museum collection. However, ongoing conservation and repairs are essential.
The Friends of Wardour Chapel has been established to provide the opportunity to help in a material way to ensure that this Grade I listed architectural gem remains open and active for future generations. The trustees believe that this should be of wider concern than the local community, and are therefore asking for benefactors to consider becoming Friends: membership costs £8 per month or, for those who prefer, £95 per year, payable by standing order.
There is an annual open day around the Feast of All Saints to which Friends are cordially invited. This year it will take the form of Mass at 11am on Sunday 1st November, followed by drinks
The Chapel will also be available to Friends by appointment.
A report by the Trustees on activities in the last year can be found here
Gift Aid declaration (if appropriate)