Future Proposals

The Guild of St. Lawrence, which owns and manages the Chapel has an important new initiative, namely The Enhancement Project. The Project’s aims are to further develop a Centre of Excellence, with updated and improved interior design of rooms and facilities and improving the exterior and external spaces, while retaining the historic character and integrity of the building. Fundraising is already underway to carry out  works and Planning and Listed Building Approvals will be obtained as required. The work is to be carried out in stages as finance allows, with funding provided by means of successful grant bids, local community fund raising, donations and funds raised by the Guild of St. Lawrence.

Completed stages:

  • Disabled access ramps and platform lift added, making the Chapel fully accessible, providing equal access to everyone.
  • Toilet upgraded and the provision of a disabled toilet.
  • Re-decoration of side rooms, corridor and kitchen - this has transformed the atmosphere of the building. These rooms are equipped for exciting art, sculpture and other exhibitions, including in-house exhibitions about Dartmoor.
  • The improvement of the uninviting and uneven old tarmac area in front of the Chapel, using new surfacing, seating and raised planters. The area will be open for community activities and relaxation from 1st May. We are very grateful to the community of Ashburton for their generous support and also to Ugbrooke Environmental Ltd. and The Greater Dartmoor Local Enterprise Action Fund for their generous grants towards the project. The official opening was on Sunday 24th June 2012 by the Mayor and Portreeve.

Next stages:

  • Insulation to roof voids and secondary glazing to side room windows to improve energy efficiency.
  • Removal of external concrete rendering to the tower, which is causing water to be trapped inside the tower and internal damage. The tower will then need to be lime-rendered to allow the fabric to breath. This is going to cost in the region of £200,000 and needs a major fundraising effort for 'THE CHAPEL TOWER RESTORATION FUND. To date, funds available and raised amount to approximately £60,000 

During 2014, we have raised £7.000 towards the above works by means of concerts and recitals. We are extremely grateful to Sheila Harman for organising a number of concerts, to Duncan Honeybourne for his brilliant Piano Plus Recitals and to many others. The 1191st Portreeve, Philip Darby, also raised money for us during his year in office as did Linda Germon, the 1193rd Portreeve and we are extremely grateful to them for their great support. In 2015 the Ashburton WI chose us as their Charity of the Year and raised the sum of £1400 for which we are extremely grateful. The support of the local community is very important not only because of the major funds they raise but also when applying for grants, where one of the first questions asked is 'do you have the support of your local community'.

Financial support for this work or other help is welcomed from any source. Further details can be obtained by phoning 01364 652768 and talking to Guild of St. Lawrence Chairman, Brian Lewis.