LETTER: Lovely to see retro photograph of chapel

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How lovely it was recently to see in the Chad the photo of the Old Meeting House Unitarian Chapel in 1981, when the Reverend Derek Smith was minister and how true it is that few people in Mansfield have ever been inside this beautiful building. 
Part of the town for more than 300 years, the chapel still has a thriving congregation, meeting each week for regular services with a choir and fine organ playing as well as offering other activities, like the arts and craft group, poetry readings, meditation sessions and yoga.

Coffee mornings take place every Saturday when you can view the chapel, find out more about its fascinating history and enjoy the beautiful stained glass windows, including three by the William Morris Company.

However, for many it remains ‘a hidden gem’, even though it is so close to the Four Seasons shopping precinct and Stockwell Gate and its schoolrooms provide a meeting place for friendship and refreshments three times a week by the local Age Concern group.

The chapel was open as part of the National Heritage Open Days Weekend. when there was an art, photography and craft exhibition, a folk singing presentation as well as heritage walks around the town.

So why not take the chance to discover what’s on your doorstep, have a look around yourself and find out more about your town, its history and also enjoy time sitting in the chapel grounds, now featured as a peace garden.

Vivienne Brown

Pinewood Drive, Mansfield