The Future of Beckets Chapel

Becket’s Chapel is a Grade I listed building, with a rich history. It was placed on the national “at risk” register in 2018. The building has been semi-redundant since 2008 when the town library moved to a new, purpose-built building.  The building is suffering from a number of defects, including damp penetration, and has very poor, basic facilities. Lacking in insulation, it is very costly to heat and, as a result, is closed in the winter months, which further exacerbates the damp problems.

Wymondham Arts Forum is working with the Norfolk Historic Buildings Trust (NHBT), on a project to repair and upgrade the building. This would ensure the long-term future of the chapel as a venue for multi- functional use. NHBT does not have the financial wherewithal to inject substantial funds into this project, so is looking to fundraise with the support of the local community.

We have made two approaches to the National Lottery Heritage Fund for financial support, but unfortunately competition for their diminishing resources is fierce and we are unlikely to receive substantial funds from this source.  We are grateful for the support of the Architectural Heritage Fund and The Geoffrey Watling Charity, who are providing financial support for project viability work. Historic England is also providing practical support, and we are in discussion with them about repair works.

Full details of the scheme are on display in the Arts Centre at the moment.

Evidence of community support for the scheme is vital in any application for funding. If you feel that this is a worthwhile project and would like to support us, please sign the petition below.

Petition to preserve the structure of Beckets Chapel in Wymondham and to revitalize it as a community asset.

Petition summary and background

Beckets Chapel has been a prominent feature in Wymondham for over eight hundred and forty (840) years but is in a poor state of repair. Much of the building is crumbling and needs urgent action to preserve its structure. It is included on the national register of buildings deemed to be at ‘At Risk’. Because of heating inefficiencies, the building must be abandoned for six months every year during which time it deteriorates further.
During the summer months, the space within is used as a gallery and Arts Centre, run exclusively by volunteers, attracting over ten thousand visitors each year. However, this use cannot be sustained for much longer without placing those volunteers at risk. Facilities are outdated and do not meet commonly accepted standards.

Action petitioned for
I support the efforts of those who are seeking a sustainable future for the building as a community asset and urge all those with the power or means to do so, to facilitate these efforts and to help to bring them to fruition.

**your signature**

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