The Old Chapel
The Old Chapel was bought by the community in November 2017 and is now undergoing phase one of an exciting rennovation project
Following a strong, locally supported fundraising campaign, the GCCA purchased the old Methodist chapel in November 2017
The chapel had become the very last space in the community where villagers of different ages could meet together for social, educational and recreational purposes. Since the purchase, we have made significant progress in securing it's future with various community groups now using the space.
Community Groups that use The Old Chapel
Carn to Cove
Various concerts throughout the year
Various meetings in the chapel.
Godolphin Womens Institue.
Why do we need a vibrant community hub?
We have consulted with, and spoken to, the local community on many occasions. In May 2013, before we set up the GCCA, we held a drop in consultation called “The Big Conversation”, and were able to understand what the real wishes of the community were; they included youth provision, a shop, arts and crafts activities and in general activities that all ages could attend
The GCCA committee (The Board of Trustees) is comprised of local people, who all either use the Chapel currently on a weekly basis, or who have family members and neighbours that do; the memory of how much better village life was when we had shops, a library service and a strong sense of community keeps people focused on what we need and what we want to achieve.
The future of the space
Aside from securing the future for existing groups and functions, we also plan to provide a multi use facility for the village.This would include regular school use, including PE, concerts and other events, to help them with their lack of space, a community café and cultural services for tourists and, ultimately, retail services, hopefully including a shop, pop up bars and entertainment.
Services will be delivered in a variety of ways, as they are now, predominantly by local volunteers (coffee morning, WI, Gardening club, occasional events,) but also bringing into play paid staff with professional expertise to run better quality and more frequent provision in the youth and arts & drama areas specifically.
Richard has spent 35 years in community and youth work.
His focus as GCCA Chairman is helping organise the spaces communities need to do those activities; transferable skills and contacts from local and national organisations are also proving useful.
Paul has extensive experience in the adminstration of a successful local charity.
Paul moved to the village in 2010 and is a member of the leadership of Chapel Street Methodist Church in Penzance, helping greatly in our dealings with the local Methodist Circuit to date. As Secretary since its inception in 2013, Paul was behind the timely consolidation of GCCA as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) in early 2016.
A born and bred Cornishman, small holder, local historian and the son of a Tin Miner, Steve is a lifetime village resident, with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the area, its history and heritage.
Steve’s book on the historic World Heritage Mining site in which he has always lived is a long time sell out, but there are plans to revise, re- write and put in on line, a well as in hard back.
Kate has lived in Godolphin Cross since 2010 with her husband and three young sons, who attend the local primary and secondary schools in the area..
Kate runs her own businesses from home and prior to setting up her own companies Kate worked in London in various roles as an internal communications/ employee engagement consultant. Kate is a younger Trustee – and enjoys running, cooking and attending live music events.
Terry has lived in the village since 2008 after semi-retiring as the Managing Director of a print supplies company, responsible for a large staff team and used to dealing with many suppliers and negotiating deals.
With three sons/partners and nine grandchildren, Terry believes this gives him an insight into what families need and want. Terry’s also a keen supporter of Sheffield United and also enjoys coarse fishing, archery and being out in the garden.
John has lived in the village for several years, is a regular attender at Germoe Parish Church, as well as a stalwart of the WOW lunch club and coffee morning. A former draughtsman, recently retired, John is an enthusiastic and loyal volunteer.
Sharon moved into the village in 2008 with husband Terry, she has three sons who are all married and 10 grandchildren. She is semi-retired as a PA for a small printing supplies company. She is a bit of a crafter in her spare time (enjoys making beaded jewellery), and is also the editor of the local Chronicle magazine
The Old Chapel update
January 2019 brought about the start of the transformation of the large hall turning it from a room suited for formal meetings into a first class multi-purpose venue. The groups which had been continuing in the confined space of the rear hall quickly moved gratefully into our new facility. The renewed hall re-opened 27th April exactly 85 years after it had originally opened as a Methodist Chapel so continuing to provide a community space now made relevant to the our current needs.
We were assisted in this project by a grant from EAFRD (European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development), administered by Cornwall Council through the Cornwall Develpment Company through the Leader programme and West Cornwall Local Action Group.