Newsletter 112

February 2018

If it is not too late on behalf of the committee can I wish you a very happy new year. It is not long before I first open day of the year, which is on Saturday 10th March from 10.a.m. to 2 p.m.

We will have the usual stalls and of course our free guided tours. If you have never been to the chapel or have not been for many years, why not come along and see the gem that is almost hidden away in Ilford. We are on Ilford Hill just beyond the Nat West bank at Ilford Broadway.

We are always looking for items to sell or put away for our Christmas Bazaar. If you have any unwanted gifts you received at Christmas why not bring them along to the Chapel and help increase our funds to preserve this beautiful building.


Annual General Meeting

Over the last few years the numbers attending the A.G.M. have decreased and the committee wonder if one of the reasons is because it is held in the evening, and many people do not like coming out to Ilford at night. So this year we are going to try something different. Every Thursday there is a Mass at the chapel starting at 12.35 p.m. and ending about 1.30 p.m. so it was decided to have the AGM on Thursday 14th June starting at 2.p.m. and if you are lucky you may even get a cuppa. It is hoped as many members will attend as possible and find our what has been going on and what is planned for the future.


General Data Protection Regulations

In May the law changes regarding General Data. The only people who have your information is our Membership Secretary and the Treasurer (for Gift Aid forms)

In accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), we will store your data securely. We will only use this data for membership renewal and claiming Gift Aid and will not use your data for any other purpose. We will never share your data with a third party other than in connection with processing Gift Aid.

We will also remove and delete your data if you cease to be a member or cease to be in a position where we can claim Gift Aid.


Information on the Chapel

Martin Fairhurst our main guide writes:-’

I recently obtained from the British Library a copy of an undated plan headed ‘The Chapel & Almes-houses at Great Ilford in Essex’ which shows the layout of the chapel with 34 box pews, 8 almshouses with possible fireplaces and kitchens, and the courtyard. The catalogue entry indicates that it dates from the time of George III in the late 18th and early 19th century. It was contributed by George IV, forming part of the King’s Library, which became the core of the British Library. There appear to be staircases at the Western end of the chapel, maybe for the gallery which is shown in a picture in Bert Lockwood’s book.

I will put copies in the self-guide folders on the table by the doorway of the chapel for anyone who wants to look at the plan.”

I can remember the box pews. Back in the late 1970’s they were in existence when I use to attend the mid-week lunch time mass, and when my elder daughter was learning to play the organ and used to practice in the Chapel. It was very dark and cold and I was glad when she had finished, she was only 11 years old. Unfortunately by the time she got to her teens she discovered boys and things like playing the organ were given up.

Do you have any information about the Chapel, articles on it’s history, we are trying to get all the information about the Chapel in one place, instead of being ’scattered’ all around the district. If you have anything can you please contact Martin Fairhurst who will be only too pleased to hear from you.


Future Events – 2018

                                 Saturday 10th March – Open Day 10.a.m. – 2.00 p.m.

                                 Saturday 12th May -Open Day 10 a.m. – 2.00 p.m.

Saturday 14th July – Open Day 10 a.m. – 2.00 p.m.

Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd September – London Open House Weekend

Saturday 24th November – Christmas Bazaar 11.a.m.



Newsletter 111 – October 2017

Gone but not Forgotten
Thank you to all those who attended the concert by members of the Kenneth More Theatre, we are very grateful to the theatre members for giving their time to help raise funds for the Chapel. The event made just over £350.00. For those who were unable to attend you missed a very enjoyable afternoon, which was followed by gateaux with tea or coffee. A very enjoyable afternoon.



As I am sure you all know by now that our annual Christmas Bazaar will take place in the Chapel on Saturday 25th November. Doors open at 11 a.m. and we plan to finish about 3 p.m. with the Grand Draw.

You will find tickets for the Grand Draw enclosed with this newsletter, and we hope you will sell them to you family and friends. More tickets can be collected on any Thursday between 11.30 and 12.30 or from 1.30 to 2.00—either side of the regular Thursday Service. I am sure there is no need to remind you that tickets must not be sold or purchased for anyone under 18 years of age. The first prize is £50 with other prizes of Argos vouchers which have kindly been donated by our friends from Cross Rail, to whom we are very grateful for their support. If you object to raffles we apologise for sending you tickets, but it is difficult to leave them out of one or two envelopes when ‘stuffing’ 300 + envelopes.

Thank you to all those who have donated items for us to sell at the Bazaar. We are grateful for all donations. The other thing we are short of is man power. Strong men and women are needed on Thursday 23rd November from about 1.30 p.m. when after the morning service we move all the chairs out of the way and set up the tables. Unfortunately most of those who attend the Thursday service are of more senior years and unable to move furniture. If you are fit and can give us a hand we would be very grateful. If you are able to spare the time on the Saturday to come and help, I know the kitchen always needs help and many of the stalls only have one person on them so they do not get a chance to look around or even get a cup of tea. If you are able to help in any way please have a word with Pamela Wood (details on the back) and we will put you to work.

The other way you can help is to tell all your family and friends about the bazaar and bring them along.

Admission is free and there is disabled access at the back of the Chapel in Reeds Close.

Look forward to seeing you at the Bazaar.


Thanks to our many Benefactors.

Over the last few years the Chapel has been left bequests, both large and small, by former members in their wills. We are very grateful to them and most of the money was put together and new altar frontals with lectern falls, burses and veils to match have been purchased. On Sunday 23rd October there will be service of Dedication to past Benefactors, when the new altar frontals will be blessed. They will all be on show, so you will be able to see them all.

The service begins at 4 p.m. and will take the form of Evensong. It is hoped as many of you that can will attend this service to give thanks to those who remembered the Chapel in their wills.


Future Events

At the time of writing this newsletter, no events for 2018 have been decided. The next committee meeting is on 2nd November when details for next year will be finalized. There will be fliers with the dates of Open Days and any other event that is planned will be available at the Christmas Bazaar. One of the reasons for this is lack of man power, and it is difficult to plan events when we do not know if we will have people to run the kitchen or run a stall.—Can you Help?


Newsletter 110

3 Chances to visit in September

Our Open Days this year have been very successful with lots of visitors. If you have not had a chance to visit the Chapel lately you have three opportunities in September. On 9th September is our normal Open Day when we will be open from 10 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.

The following weekend is London Open House Weekend when we will be open on Saturday 16th September from 10 am to 4 p.m and Sunday 17th from 1 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. . Why not come along in September and reacquaint your self with this beautiful gem in Ilford.



As many of you will know or have heard we have been given a large bequest from Father John Barnes estate. The committee had a long discussion on what to do with the money and it was decided that we would look into getting the heating in the Chapel replaced. As many of you know you either freeze or boil, there is no happy medium. The idea is to replace the heating with something that will give a constant temperature which will give the dampness a chance to dry out and help preserve the building. This will not happen over night. The Trustees have agreed but now we have to get an architect to draw up designs and this has to be approved by English Heritage, and once all approved we will have to find a firm to do the job. So be patient and hopefully we will have a warm chapel in a couple of years time.

Over the last few years we have had several benefactors who have left various amount of money to the Chapel. Most of it was used to buy the new Altar Frontals, which have arrived, are now in use and very beautiful.

To give thanks to Father Barnes and all the other Benefactors we will be having a Service of Dedication at which the new Altar Frontals will be blessed.

This will take place on Sunday 22nd October at 4 p.m. and will take the form of Evensong.



The shows are never performed these days,

but their songs live on forever!

Our friends from the Kenneth More Theatre are putting on a concert to raise money to help preserve the Chapel.

This will take place on Saturday 7th October starting at 3 p.m.

Tickets £8.00 if paid for by 30th September. Tickets after 1st October or on the door £10.00 (including tea and cake)

Get your tickets now, from Barbara Westcott (

117 Levett Gardens, Ilford IG3 9BX. Tel:- 020 8597 0811

Please enclose a S,A,E if you want your tickets sent by post, or can be collected at the door on the day.

Just a warning we sold out at the last concert the KMT performed for us.



Yes I know you have only just got over your holiday, or may be looking forward to it, but the way time seems to fly by these days, it will be here before we know it. Our Christmas Bazaar is taking place in the Chapel on Saturday 25th November. Apart from making a note in your diary we are asking if you have any items you do not want that we can sell. Items for the Tombola, Bric-a-Brac stall, Books, Items for the Lucky Bags, CD’s or DVD’s. Toiletries, unwanted gifts but please NO CLOTHES or Jumble.

Items can be delivered to the Chapel any Thursday between 11.30 a.m. to 12.30 or from 1.30 p.m. to 2 p.m. when someone will be in the Chapel or on any of our Days when we will be open, and can we thank you in advance for all your donations.