Take a look around as Wainsgate invites you in

Wainsgate Chapel, Old Town
Wainsgate Chapel, Old Town

Wainsgate Chapel is opening its doors to the general public on Saturday, September 8, as one of the 4,500 events scheduled to take place in the UK over the weekend.

This is a chance to look around the Grade II* listed building, its adjacent Victorian Sunday School and the atmospheric churchyard nestling high in the hills above Hebden Bridge.

The centrepiece of the afternoon will be the launch of a new history and guide to Wainsgate Chapel presented by its author, Charles W Thomson, and Jenny Freeman, who was previously director of the Historic Chapels Trust.

This will take place in the chapel at 3pm.

Work started last year to restore the three-manual organ in the chapel and, although there is some way to go before this is completed, there will be organ music in the chapel throughout the afternoon, including a recital by Professor David Baker at 2pm.

There will also be live music on the Sunday School stage provided by pianist Dave Nelson and others.

The Wadsworth Environment Group, which for several years has put in a sterling effort in looking after the churchyard, will be serving tea and cakes throughout the afternoon.

Doors open shortly before 2pm and performances continue until 5pm. Admission is free.

Wainsgate Chapel is on Wainsgate Lane, Old Town. Parking there is limited and reserved for disabled drivers.

There are plenty of footpaths for those who would like to walk from Hebden Bridge, or there is an hourly bus service to Old Town Mill Lane (opposite Wainsgate Lane) where parking is also available.

More information about the venue and future events - including a poetry reading with Michael Haslam, Robert Wordsmith and Fynn Stirm on September 30 - can be found online by visiting www.wainsgate.co.uk.