We have taken a 25 year lease on the property and plan to conserve the main body of the chapel while creating a venue for weddings, funerals and other family and community events, but redeveloping the vestry/schoolroom to the side, and using it as a "shared workspace" and Youth Enterprise Centre.
This means that the building, built in 1876, will be given a new lease of life which is what the community want, yet it will have a purpose that meets the needs of future generations. It will offer serviced desk space for rent to homeworkers, self employed, entrepreneurs and youth business start ups at minimal cost and on easy in/out terms to encourage employment within the area.
We have many volunteers who are willing to take part in the project, and we have an architect who has given us some support pro-bono so far, but will soon have to charge us when the project goes for listed planning consent.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
It breathes new life into a historical building that has been at the heart of the community for almost 150 years. many adults in the village have memories of weddings, funerals, nursery school, Sunday school, and Christmas concerts that they attended there.
It will offer a space where local young people can be supported to create their own small businesses, alongside already established home businesses and entrepreneurs.
It is a new future for such a well loved building, using it in a new and innovative way that will secure it for the next 150 years.
Steps to get it done:
About the space
Bridgend County Borough Council