Closure of Clearwell Cemetery Chapel.
Concerns for public safety at Clearwell cemetery chapel have led to it being fenced off and access forbidden as the entrance door is in danger of collapse from the weight of the damaged rose window above it, caused by a large tree growing next to the chapel door.
The tree was recently cut down in the hope that this will prevent further movement to the west wall but it will take some time to know to what degree the wall has stabilised.
The Cemetery (Mortuary) Chapel was designed by the renowned Gothic Revival architect John Middleton in 1867. Middleton was engaged by the Dowager Countess Caroline Dunraven whose family owned the estate at Clearwell until the late 19th century. Caroline’s ancestor bought the estate in 1642 and Thomas Wyndham built Clearwell Court 1727. The Countess engaged Middleton on the remodelling of Clearwell Court, she also used his services in the design for the building of St Peter’s Church 1866, a fine example of Gothic Revival style. Middleton was responsible for designing the frontal of St Anne’s well, repairing the 14th Century cross and designing the Cottage Hospital which is now Dunraven House.
Clearwell has been referred to as ‘John Middleton Village’ as it has the largest collection of his work in one place in the UK. This is a remarkable accolade for Clearwell and offers an opportunity for the future enhancement of its architectural heritage in the form of a heritage trail.
John Middleton was a major designer of railway buildings for the Stockton and Darlington Railway Company before taking a mysterious career break in Italy and then coming to work in Gloucestershire several years later.
The Parochial Church Council wishes to meet with those interested in finding a future for the chapel which is open to a range of possible re-uses. ‘Our aim’, said the Interim Minster the Rev Alan Wearmouth, ‘is to preserve this historical building for which our parish has no use and which we cannot afford to repair and maintain. It would be a sad loss if it was to fall into total disrepair’. The Parochial Church Council is anxious to ensure that local family associations are respected , as for example, in caring for various plaques which are contained within the building.
The Parochial Church Council would also like to hear from anyone with the requisite skills and equipment to remove diseased trees and those growing too close to the chapel. They would be glad for someone to take down the trees and remove the firewood.
A public meeting will be held at Clearwell Memorial Hall on Friday 8th December at 7.30pm, in the meantime anyone interested should contact the Parish Co-ordinator Alison Stuttard on:
6a St John’s Street
Coleford GL16 8AR
Please come and join us at our All Souls Service at the Church of the Good Shepherd at 7pm on Thursday 2nd November and join us for refreshments afterwards. All Welcome.
There are several events happening over the next few months to which everyone is very welcome.
Friday 17th November @ 7pm at the Church of the Good Shepherd we have a three course Medieval Banquet with entertainment from Bella Musica. Please come back to see more details of the event in the next few weeks.
Saturday and Sunday 2nd & 3rd December we have our annual Crib Festival at All Saint’s Newland Church. There will be Crib/Nativity displays along with a variety of craft stalls and refreshments served each day.
On the Saturday @ 5pm we will be having Beer and Carols and at 3pm on the Sunday there will be a Crib Celebration Service.
For more details please contact the Parish Office on 01594 368849
Quiz Night at 7pm on 13th October at Clearwell Village Hall. £5 per ticket to include a light Ploughman’s supper and soft drinks.
Tickets available at Churches or at Church on the Street, St John’s Street, Coleford
Our Service on the 24th September is a United Parish Harvest Eucharist at 10.30am at St Margaret Mary Church, High Nash, Coleford.
The service will be followed by a Bring and Share Harvest Lunch in the hall. All Welcome!
Please note that this is the only service in the Parish on 24th September.
|CELEBRATORY SEPTEMBER||Please join in as the family together|
|“Ride and Stride” HARVEST LUNCH|
Good Shepherd Broadwell 12- 2:30
|A simple lunch to share (quite Biblical that!) and to raise money for the Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust – a body which has given us a lot of support over the years in several of our Church buildings.|
|“Ride and Stride” WALK & INFORMAL SERVICE|
Coleford Rec 3pm
All Saints Newland – 4pm
|Walk or sponsor or both – simple worship at 4 followed by tea and cake|
|BACK TO CHURCH SUNDAY|
St John’s @ St Margaret Mary at 9:30 (Eucharist)
St Peter Clearwell at 11:00 (Eucharist)
Good Shepherd Broadwell at 11:00 (Word)
All Saints Newland at 4:00 (Evening Prayer)
|One day in the year where we’re all encouraged to bring a friend to Church – maybe someone who used to come – and show them what they’re missing!|
|UNITED PARISH HARVEST FESTIVAL|
St Margaret Mary – 10:30
|A celebration of all the gifts – joyful worship|
A “Bring and Share” lunch – social pleasure
Food collection for the Food Bank – generous giving
|World’s Biggest COFFEE MORNING|
Parish Office – 10:00
|Go to several if you like coffee – and cake!!! – and help Macmillan Cancer Support|
Bring others to contribute and to see our Parish Office and The King of Kings bookshop
|Rob is recuperating at home so we have no magazine (Get well soon Rob) – I didn’t think you’d want another missive from me – so please take a look at all the many events above which are planned for September alone in addition in most cases to our normal services. Lots of regulars have holidays in September so your attendance, support and help could make a real difference. Let’s enjoy doing some fun and rewarding things together in September as the family of God.|
The Mustard Tree are having a week of Summer Fun Lunches at St John’s School in Coleford. If you would like to book then please call the Parish Office.