The Old Chapel
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.
Phase 1, renovating the large hall is completed. Phase 2 to create accessable toilets is about start.
Community Groups that use The Old Chapel
Carn to Cove
Various concerts throughout the year
Various meetings in the chapel.
Godolphin Women's Institute.
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.
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.