Become a Friend of the Little Chapel

The Little Chapel has just completed eighteen months of restoration and structural repair.  In early April, it was re-opened to the public. Thought to be the smallest chapel in the world, it is one of Guernsey’s key tourist destinations.  Since October 2015, the Little Chapel has been concealed behind scaffolding whilst essential stabilisation work was carried out to reinforce retaining walls, replace the roof and repair the spire.

To date, £180,000 has been spent on the work undertaken.  The next phase of the restoration will include new floors and the installation of lighting to enhance the interior.  It is anticipated that this will cost a further £300,000.  It is also intended to improve the landscape around the Little Chapel whilst providing better access and viewpoints, as well as more extensive planting of trees and shrubs.  A small interpretation building will be set within the landscaping explaining the story of the Little Chapel, its construction and restoration and provide facilities for visitors.

An open day, on Monday 17 April 2017, marked the removal of the scaffolding prior to the start of this summer season.   Without the scaffolding, it is now possible to fully appreciate the fantastic work that has been undertaken on the building which had been at the point of collapse.

From the outset of the project, the Councillors of the Little Chapel Foundation were determined that they would not impose an entrance charge to visit The Little Chapel.  However, this does them present them with quite a challenge as significant funds are required to complete the restoration work and incorporate the planned developments.

Very soon, the Foundation Council will be inviting people to become a Friend of the Little Chapel.  The fee has been set at £24 for an individual annual membership and £100 for an annual corporate membership.  The “Friends” database will be messaged regularly with updates on the progress of the project as well as information as to how to become involved either with hands-on help or by supporting fundraising events.

The collecting boxes at the Little Chapel and at the Airport have seen a gradual increase in the amount of donations.  However, it would be extremely helpful to the fundraising efforts if all drivers, guides and other hosts working in the hospitality trade would gently remind visitors that an entry fee has not been pre-paid on their behalf and that their donations are vital to continue the restoration work.  Leaflets giving more details are available.

If you would like to donate, if you have some fundraising ideas or if you would just like to get involved please contact Jack Honeybill on 0778 113 464 or jhoneybill@thelittlechapel.gg.  It is also possible to make donations through justgiving.co.uk or giving.gg

Thank you!