King’s Lynn’s historic St Nicholas’ Chapel

A unique opportunity to help run one of King’s Lynn’s most famous landmarks is available to groups in the town. 

 The Churches Conservation Trust (CCT) is inviting groups to help with the running of the town’s St Nicholas’ Chapel.

The chapel is Grade I-listed, and CCT would like one or more groups in the community to partner in the day-to-day operation of the building and to manage the chapel in an effective and cost efficient way. 

A spokesman for the trust said the opportunity may appeal to community or commercial groups with a few years’ experience together, who need a larger base in the town.

Possibilities could include a community café, history groups, local interest groups or theatre.

The building has heating, lighting, toilet and kitchen facilities and space for up to 400 people and one of the great features is that areas can be split down for smaller groups to meet.

Simon Wiles, head of South East region, CCT said: “The task needs inspirational and aspirational people. The challenge is to balance the income with the costs, but the payoff for the organisation is that surplus money generated after costs, will be theirs.

“There are conditions, as you would expect from looking after an historic building, but CCT want to support, help, coach and succeed with the organisation, so that the group’s work and effort results in a win-win for everyone.

“This beautiful building could be the centre piece in the town to invite and encourage your neighbours and communities to use it, love it and enjoy it.”

The CCT said the partnership would ensure the chapel is looked after for future years, would give local groups and organisations a high-profile building from which to carry out activities and the local community would benefit from events held in the Chapel.

To express interest or for more details, email Simon Wiles  at southeast@thecct.org.uk, or call 07469857546. Closing date for expressions of interest is July 24. 

St Nicholas’ is the country’s largest Chapel of Ease and re-opened in 2015 after a £2.7m conservation and regeneration project. 

The chapel hosts a variety of cultural events, concerts, fairs and exhibitions and also a learning programme.