Switch-on to lighten up new-look chapel in Lessingham

PUBLISHED: 13:22 21 November 2017 | UPDATED: 13:22 21 November 2017

Norman Lamb with Ros Peedle and congregation, switching on the Christmas tree lights. Picture: Maurice Gray.

Norman Lamb with Ros Peedle and congregation, switching on the Christmas tree lights. Picture: Maurice Gray.


North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb was invited to a refurbished methodist chapel to switch on their Christmas tree lights.

The Lessingham Methodist chapel celebrated the completion of a £55,000 makeover earlier this year, after a five-year project was realised.

The idea was an initial vision of the church council and supported by the then minister Revd Pat Olivent-Hayes, who felt their chapel should be used more by the local community.

However it was not fit for purpose, due to a leaking roof, rotten floor boards, and dull and dark pews which needed to be removed in order to replace the floor and brighten up the interior to encourage a bigger congregation of all ages, to use and enjoy.

In June, the Forget Me Not Club was founded at the chapel and Mr Lamb officially opened the facilities for people living with dementia and their carers.

Lay pastor Ros Peedle and her team of supporters helped raise the funds for the renovations and look forward to a successful future.

She said: “We are so proud and grateful to all those that helped our dream come true.

“The wide range of activities with specially trained volunteers, a new style and practical kitchen and always a warm welcome.”. She added that there were a few available places for members and carers.

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