Special Newsletter - June 2024

Trustees of The Friends were informed on the 24th of May that Historic Suffolk had withdrawn its offer to take on ownership of The Chapel from the Historic Chapels Trust. Find out what this means for the future of the Chapel and how you can help.



March 2024 Newsletter

Catch up on recent developments including the transfer of ownership of the Chapel from the Historic Chapels Trust to Historic Suffolk, an update on fundraising and the great strides being made in the Discovery Project. A date for your diaries -Thursday 6th June 2024 at 6.30 pm, when Dr Joel Halcomb, a lecturer at UEA and Board member of the Centre for East Anglian Studies (CEAS) will talk at he Chapel on "Walpole and the Puritan Revolution".

Picture is of the recently cleared Chapel yard.


December 2023 Newsletter

Find out about the progress of the Discovery Project, an update on the repairs and conservation work and who knows about these beautiful oil lamps?


December Newsletter

The Discovery Project talk to Halesworth Tourism Group

On 8 November 2023 three volunteers from the Walpole Chapel Discovery project were invited to speak to the Halesworth Tourism Group. 

They explained their mission to preserve the unique 17th century non-conformist building, and engage people’s interest in its remarkable history - both local people and visitors. 

Simon Tennant, proprietor of the Angel Hotel and Chair of the Tourism Group thanked the speakers. He wrote 

“The enthusiasm and energy that you are clearly all bringing to your project is so impressive and we hope we can support your efforts as you work towards your target. Wouldn’t it be lovely if a wider group could appreciate what a very special asset Walpole has in its Non-conformist Chapel and add their weight to the fund raising effort. We wish you the very best of luck.”

The project, in partnership with Halesworth museum, includes archival research, oral history interviews and research into the lives of individuals baptised or buried at the Chapel. 

September 2023 Newsletter

September is Ride and Stride month - so find out more about about the ride and maybe even join, or support, one of our trustees Paul Simmons who will be again undertaking the ride this year. Also an interesting piece on fundraising in 1930!


September newsletter

June 2023 Newsletter

Find out how the restoration project is going, an article on the visit by the Fellows and Scholars of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB), more on the Discovery Project and why not become a Friend of the Chapel?

June Newsletter

March 2023 Newsletter

The new 2023 Programme is covered in this newsletter as well as exciting developments on the Unwrapped Project and details of the Big Help Out Day on 8th May.


December 2022 Newsletter

In this newsletter there are updates on the fundraising, the Discovery project and more. And find out about a Canadian Quaker living in Walpole in the 1930s, as well as a sneak peak at next year's Summer programme.



September 2022 Newsletter

As a busy Summer season comes to a close the September edition of the newsletter has updates on the restoration project, including the appointment of a fundraising consultant, the forthcoming Ride and Stride and Heritage Open Days and a short piece on a visit by the Veterans Cycle Club.


September 2022 Newsletter

June 2022 Newsletter

The June edition of the newsletter has items of interest on the successful Witchfinder project, our public consultation event which was followed up by a generous grant from English Heritage, an update on the Discovery project and more.


June 2022 Newsletter