Second oldest chapel in UK marks 250 years

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The oldest chapel in Derbyshire has been celebrating its 250th anniversary.

The celebrations at Crich Wesley culminated in a May garden party, bringing a week of special events to a close.

Crich Wesley Chapel was founded in 1765 and is the oldest chapel in Derbyshire (second oldest in the country), which is still used for its original purpose.

Crich Junior School started the week off with two presentations of music, drama and singing to tell the story of the Wesleys.

All the children 
performed in a play, which was specially written and 
directed by Kate Baker for the school.

As part of their project about the Wesleys and the chapel, the children also produced three wall panels representing the chapel as it is now, and Chapel Lane in 1756 and 2015.

The rest of the week saw people enjoy a variety of events, including a quiz, a pie and pea supper, a concert 
by Stonebroom Choir, soup and a sing-a-long, and a 
special 250th anniversary service.

The May Garden Party was a sunny afternoon with Crich Brass entertaining, many stalls with lots to buy and enjoy, games run by Crich Scouts and afternoon teas served by the Muddlealong group, who meet at the chapel.

Muddlealong also knitted 147 jumpers, which were used to decorate the chapel before being sent to countries in crisis to help keep children warm.

The week’s events attracted several hundred visitors to the Crich Wesley Chapel, recognising this unique moment in time.