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Fundraising efforts to save historic chapel from closure

Community rallies to raise money to carry out repairs at Ballakilpheric Chapel

Efforts to save a methodist church – which is almost 175-years-old – in the south of the Island are gathering momentum.

A group of fundraisers have managed to collect almost £2,000 to pay for urgent repair work at Ballakilpheric Chapel.

Without it the Victorian building, which sits above Colby, could be closed for good by the Church Council.

Six phases of works are needed – the first being to replace the kitchen floor, which is rotting, and improve the schoolroom.

Once the initial stage is complete a range of fundraising events can be held, within that area, to raise the money for the further work that’s needed to the chapel itself.  

“Whether people have any faith, no faith or religion this building is a fine example of Victorian architecture and part of Manx heritage and culture that is disappearing from the Island. For these reasons alone surely it must be worth saving and re-establishing its place at the heart of the community?” – Jenny Bean

Credit: Paul Creamer

Ballakilpheric Chapel was built in 1850 and has a small congregation which is said to ‘swell’ at Harvest, Easter and Christmas.

Those behind the project say it’s not only about preserving the religious building but also about giving the southern community somewhere to come together and support each other.

Manx Radio’s Simon Richardson went to the chapel to speak to fundraisers Jenny Bean, Paul Creamer and Rachel Evans and Steward and Treasurer John Cashen:

You can find a link to the Ballakilpheric Chapel GoFundMe page by clicking HERE.

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