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Building the future with Pope Stevens

Ella Pope and Chris Stevens are the husband and wife team behind Pope Stevens Architecture, who are taking the exciting steps of turning the development of Graylingwell Chapel into reality. They are the project architects CCDT has commissioned from January 2021 to oversee the RIBA stage 5-7 phases of the project. As residents of Chichester for […]

Crafting the story of Graylingwell Chapel’s Heritage

A master craftsman in all aspects of woodwork, Edward Johnson has been selected to deliver the beautiful items of carpentry that will form the centrepieces of Graylingwell Chapel once open. Chichester Community Development Trust (CCDT) has commissioned local furniture designer, Edward, to create the shelving and presentation units on which the story of Graylingwell Hospital’s […]

Raising the roof of Graylingwell Chapel

As many of you will have seen the development of Graylingwell Chapel is now underway, by Chichester Community Development Trust. CCDT’s exciting project will see the disused chapel restored and converted into a beautiful community space for all of Chichester to enjoy, ensuring the heritage of Graylingwell Hospital is not just retained but retold. The […]

The Novium Museum celebrates the heritage at the heart of Graylingwell

Chichester Community Development Trust (CCDT) is launching an exhibition at The Novium Museum opening following the latest lockdown restrictions being lifted, which will tell the story of Graylingwell Hospital’s important role in Chichester’s history, and the pioneering mental health treatment of the past century. The exhibition will also unveil exciting plans for the future of […]

A Perfect Patchwork of Organ Pipes

Those following the voyage of Graylingwell Chapel’s beautiful organ will be delighted to see these latest images sent from Jugon, in France, where it is being meticulously reconstructed by a team of devoted carers for the instrument. With the organ falling into disrepair, and unused in its setting, CCDT invited those in search of such […]

Building Begins for the Future of Graylingwell Chapel

After many years of fundraising, planning, dreaming and preparing the incredible restoration of Graylingwell Chapel is on the point of progression.  Following the completion of architects’ design work, by Adam Richards Architects, Chichester Community Development Trust (CCDT) went out to tender on the 1st May to the four contractors pitching to carry out the building […]

Could you help to bring the outside of Graylingwell Hospital in to the chapel?

A partnership that was meant to be – Chichester Community Development Trust (CCDT) is working with Outside In to create the living exhibition that will form an integral part of the Graylingwell Chapel interior, and you could be a part of it. The exhibition will both reflect the pioneering work that was carried out at […]

Press Release: Historic Mental Health Care Gives Voice to Unique New Work

£1.3m National Lottery grant awarded to Chichester’s fascinating Graylingwell Park Chapel conversion Chichester Community Development Trust (CCDT) has been successful in its bid to receive a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £1.3 million to develop and return Graylingwell Chapel to life. A century old site that played a key role in pioneering mental health […]

Community engagement in design: The story of Graylingwell Chapel

Graylingell Chapel is a building with a rich history, currently under the custodianship of Chichester Community Development Trust. The film tells the story of how the development of the Chapel started, and how the community engagement process was organised to ensure that the plans take into consideration the needs and aspirations of the local community. […]

Press release: Permission granted to transform a key Chichester heritage site

An inspirational project designed to bring members of Chichester’s community together in their shared history and communal future has moved an important step closer to completion.  Chichester District Council has granted Chichester Community Development Trust (CCDT) planning permission to convert the beautiful Graylingwell Chapel, previously part of the Graylingwell Hospital, into a multi-purpose heritage activity […]

Press Release: £142,900 first round pass – development grant from Heritage Lottery Fund

Chichester Community Development Trust has received initial support* from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Heritage at the Heart of Graylingwell project, it was announced today. Made possible by National Lottery players, the project aims to renovate and repurpose Graylingwell Chapel into a warm, inviting, building that will tell the story of Graylingwell and […]

Wake up and smell the coffee!

By Mike Pickering, Graylingwell Park resident Once formalities to transfer ownership of Graylingwell chapel are complete work will start in earnest to deliver a community hub that truly reflects the size and diversity of the Graylingwell community. Respectable community facilities have been a long time in coming. It is six years since I moved to […]

Hot off the press!

We are pleased to announce that there are two new booklets on Graylingwell Chapel that shed light on the chapel and the history and human stories linked to it. They are available now online and hard copies will be available at the start of December from the marketing suite at Graylingwell and at the community hub […]

Graylingwell Chapel wins fund to secure project organiser & architect

Chichester Community Development Trust has received £14,800 from the Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) to develop the plans for Graylingwell Chapel. The grant will fund a project organiser and an architect to develop the ideas that have come out of the chapel consultations. We will shortly be recruiting a project organiser.  The project organiser will be charged with […]

Desperately seeking perfection

The Graylingwell Chapel steering group are on a mission!  They are crossing the counties looking at examples of chapels, churches and repurposed buildings that have been transformed into working, successful and profitable community hubs.  The aim: to enable the group to make the best-informed decisions when looking at the repurposing of Graylingwell Chapel into a […]

Graylingwell: what stories to tell? Heritage Interpretation

When Graylingwell chapel is renovated, visitors will be able to access information, photos and objects so they can learn about the chapel and its history in the context of Graylingwell Hospital.  The volunteers and steering group involved in the Graylingwell Chapel renovation received their first training session in heritage interpretation this last week. Heritage interpretation is the way […]

£10,000 grant for chapel: Heritage Lottery Fund

Chichester Community Development Trust has received £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund which marks the start of an exciting project: the renovation and repurposing of Graylingwell Chapel into a warm, inviting, multi-purpose space that will serve the community both at Graylingwell Park and Chichester for decades to come. Thanks to the initial start-up grant from Heritage […]
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