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Chapel project raises the roof

Published on 19/07/17

Students from Jane Austen College have used their web design skills to help a historic chapel raise funds for a much-needed new roof.

Their involvement with Octagon Chapel’s Heritage Lottery community project helped it to secure funding to repair its worn and damaged roof, by promoting the history and architecture of the Grade II listed building - an essential part of the funding bid.

The group of ten students from Jane Austen came up with a plan to design and launch a website for the 250-year-old chapel as part of their electives programme.

They visited the chapel and met members of the congregation, which practises Unitarianism – a belief system which welcomes people from all faiths and none, taking inspiration from science and the arts as well as religious teachings.

The students learned about the chapel’s history through a guided tour around Colegate, and a visit to the home of the chapel’s architect, Thomas Ivory.

The website was launched at the chapel on Tuesday, July 11 in front of an audience of congregation members.

Principal Claire Heald said: “This is a fantastic project which enabled our students to really get involved in helping our local community.

"We're very proud of their achievement."

You can visit the new website at