Ann Potter writes to chat about some of the services on offer at Catton Chapel:
”Catton Chapel was built in 1882. Over the years it has undergone some major changes like removal of the spire. In 2003 major renovations created flexible space in the body of the Chapel, full disabled facilities and a catering kitchen.
2004 saw the launch of a monthly community lunch open to all members of the community. Although the majority of our diners are retired folks we have had children and young adults dining with us and, in school holidays, you may see a junior waitress. On the first Thursday each month you can book a place for a two course meal with tea/coffee for £6 /head. All food is locally sourced and cooked on the premises. Vegetarian options are available and we can cater for other dietary needs with prior booking.
Booking is essential in advance, at least 1-2 days is required. Many of our diners have been with us for many years but new folks join us fairly regularly. The maximum we have catered for is 44 people, currently it is 24-30. To book contact Ann 683050 or Vera 683418.”
Thanks Ann, to which report, I might just add that the most recent renovation I know of involves uPVC double-glazing to reduce drafts quite dramatically throughout the premises, a project costing some £15,000, all sourced locally with seemingly endless fund-raising efforts, but now installed to the great satisfaction of attendees, and, doubtless, a dramatic savings on the heating bill as well.
There are lots of other activities in the Chapel as well throughout the week, but Ann and I agreed that these we can chat about specifically, and in due course for later diary entries. But since this piece goes out on Sunday, it might be reasonable too to note that worship service is part of the Tynedale Methodist Circuit, and the link provides a photograph of the ‘new’ open-plan interior of the church. Service today the 7th of April is, as normal, at 9:30am, but sometimes combined worship occurs at different chapels throughout the valleys.
Not just on Sundays, then, but it’s fair to say that the strong, community ethos message preached at the Sunday service follows the Wesleyan non-conformist tradition very well, in creating an atmosphere for delivering social services too to the local area.