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Heritage open weekend at Old Meeting House

Posted onPosted on 20th Aug

The Old Meeting House Unitarian Chapel, Mansfield, will be opening as part of the National Heritage Open Days Scheme, from 7th to 9th September.

It gives visitors the chance to find out more about the 300-year-old building and its beautiful stained glass windows, including three by the William Morris Company.

The weekend will be opened by the Mayor of Mansfield, Kate Allsop, at 10.30am.

To coincide with the centenary of women gaining the vote in England, there will be a series of short talks, Women
Firsts, including Ethel Wainwright, on the Friday and Saturday mornings by Derek Smith, as well as details about the suffragette/ suffragist movements.

At 2pm, there will be a talk about the Chapel’s Story, followed by a guided Unitarian Heritage Trail around the town. A self-guiding booklet is also available.

Sherwood U3A Photograph Group will be displaying photos taken within a mile of the Old Meeting House, along with others that have been submitted

The War Memorial, designed by A.S. Buxton, in the chapel grounds, commemorates those who died in the first world war and a display will tell more about them and those connected to the chapel who came back after the conflict.

An exhibition of artwork by Noriko and other local artists will be presented in the Big Schoolroom.

On the Sunday there will be a morning service conducted by the Rev Maria Pap.

The weekend will close with a free concert given by The Singers, a girls’ choir conducted by Meryl Chambers, at 3pm.

Further details are at or the Old Meeting House’s Facebook page.