Young people learning restoration skills at Wakefield Chapel

28 September 2022

Young people have been learning skills to protect and preserve historic buildings as part of the restoration project at Grade II listed Westgate Unitarian Chapel in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.

The Wakefield Express reports that: “Westgate Unitarian Chapel needs urgent repairs that is being funded as part of the £3.8m Wakefield’s Upper Westgate Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) project.

Part of the work at the chapel involves working with Yorkshire Lime Company, a specialist building contractor, that is teaching students from the building department at Wakefield College, about traditional methods for restoration.”

Sarah Cobham, Committee member of Westgate Unitarian Chapel, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be offering this opportunity to local people so that they can become upskilled and help restore our chapel at the same time. “Being part of the HAZ project is very important to us and we are proud to be enabling such important skills to be gained.”

Read the full story in The Wakefield Express here.

If you want to learn more about the fantastic developments at Wakefield Unitarians and how they have secured their funding, join us for a free online workshop led by Sarah Cobham and Paul Lindsay Dawson from Wakefield Unitarians: ‘How To Write a Bid for Funding’ on Monday 17 October at 7pm.

Photo: Chapel members with local teachers and students, Wakefield Express