Good news from Horspath

The Friends of Horspath, which is an offshoot of the Anglican Church of St Giles, felt that we should mount a campaign to save the chapel, so we bought it for a community asset in 2013.

Five years later we are a success story. The original trustees are still working their socks off and we have a thriving café, a weekly Post Office, classes for all shapes and sizes, and a beautiful building within which to focus our efforts. We have recently been awarded a letter of Commendation by the Oxford Preservation Trust for our work in sympathetically renovating the building. One of the specific tasks we undertook was to clean and restore the foundation stones at the front of the building where the names of the original benefactors are shown

Our enduring aim is to be there for the community of Horspath, to provide fun and activities but also to make sure that everyone who crosses the threshold feels welcome and wanted. We rely on our volunteers to make cakes and serve coffee, to use their carpentry and engineering skills, to teach some of our classes and to keep the place sparkling clean. It’s a lovely space and we are so pleased to have it. We are very aware of its Methodist history and recently we had a special service to move the Methodist cross to the Parish Church where it has a special place in the Chancel.

We do hope that our Methodist friends feel that we have done a good job with their special building. Past and present ministers joined us for our opening party in June 2014. The Rev Rosemary Davies can be seen in the picture with Rev Emma Pennington and Sheila Frankum who is the Chair of Trustees.

Assuring you that we will never forget our heritage and hope that the Horspath Hub at The Old Chapel will last another hundred years as a place of welcome and community.

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