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The shocking news that St Just’s historic Wesleyan Chapel is to close on 31st August 2017 may well have been the catalyst needed to save it.

Very shortly after that decision was taken a number of important steps were taken.

Services will continue in the hall attached to the Chapel.

A Steering Group met, brought together by the Church Council. It includes members of the congregation and people with the specialist knowledge needed when considering the future of a Grade II* Listed Building of local and national importance.

A partnership has been established, between the Chapel, the Steering Group and St Just & District Trust, to work together to establish a sustainable long term future for the Chapel and to enable effective fund-raising to take place.

Activities are being planned to involve as many people as possible so the Chapel doors stay open while detailed research and other work goes on.

The first of these is the Easter Festival running from Maundy Thursday to Easter Monday. Easter Services on Good Friday and Easter Sunday will take place in the Chapel (wrap up warm!)

Following very soon will be the call for volunteers to help clear the graveyard of brambles and shrubs so that families and visitors may find the graves of their loved ones.

More activities and events are in the pipeline.

It’s the old story – use it or lose it.

There are people working to make sure that doesn’t happen. They are working for you, for St Just, for visitors, for all those who left the district to seek work far away. They are working for the future of the Miners Chapel

If you would like to get involved please email or leave your details in the Prayer Box outside the Chapel

 David James