This winter at the Guild Chapel

PUBLISHED: 13:07 11 November 2014 | UPDATED: 13:18 11 November 2014

The new chapel organ, with the organ pipes gilded in gold leaf

The new chapel organ, with the organ pipes gilded in gold leaf

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From concerts to carols, Stratford’s Guild Chapel will be hosting a wide range of events this Winter.

Standing on the corner of Church Street and Chapel Lane, the Guild Chapel is one of Stratford’s best-known historic buildings, its story dating back to 1269.

The Chapel re-opened in June this year after being closed for the previous 12 months while major works totalling almost £250,000 were carried out. These works included the installation of a new organ, inaugurated by HRH The Prince of Wales during his visit to Stratford in the summer.

The chapel is decorated with wall paintings depicting religious themes and ‘Doom’, painted above the chancel arch, is one of the largest surviving frescoes of its kind in Britain. Painted in the late fifteenth century, it is an exceptional example of mediaeval church decoration and depicts the legend of St George and the Dragon, the Martyrdom of St Thomas Beckett and the Dance of Death.

A programme of events for the coming Autumn and Winter seasons is now in place and will see the Chapel hosting concerts, services and events for a range of local organisations:

November 29 - the Friends of the Guild Chapel will host an organ recital, starting at 5pm, featuring Peter Summers, Organist Emeritus at Holy Trinity in Stratford.

December 11 - Stratford Town Trust will hold a Carol Concert

December 22 -Friends of the Guild Chapel will host its annual Carol Service in the evening.

Helen Munro, Chief Executive of Stratford Town Trust, said: “We said when we re-opened the Chapel that we wanted it to be a ‘Chapel for the Community’, a place for everyone to come and use and enjoy. We’re delighted to have such a varied programme in place for the coming months. The Guild Chapel is one of Stratford’s most treasured buildings, come and see it for yourselves.”

The Chapel is open to visitors from 10am daily, and there is a Service of Holy Communion from 10am every Wednesday, with the Chapel also used by local schools on a regular basis.

For more information on using the Guild Chapel for worship, an event or weddings, call the Town Trust on 01789 207111.

For information on the Friends of the Guild Chapel – and for tickets to events organised by the Friends – please go to www.stratfordguildchapel-friends.org.uk

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