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Warm Welcome at Becket’s Chapel

South Norfolk Council Communications Team Published: 01 June 2024

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Woman stands in front of chandeliers in chapel

Becket’s Chapel in Wymondham can now offer visitors a warm welcome thanks to a £15,000 grant from South Norfolk Council.

The mediaeval building owned by Historic Norfolk has recently undergone a £750k restoration and the Council has provided funding for three new infrared heating chandeliers from their Pride in Place Grant.

Judith Harwood, Chair of Historic Norfolk, said: “The underfloor heating can take up to two days to reach a comfortable temperature, which is not at all economical when people just want to hire the chapel for a couple of hours. The new infrared heaters warm up immediately, meaning we can now heat the chapel efficiently and effectively for short periods in the winter months.

“Also, in very cold periods when sustained use is required, the underfloor heating alone is not enough, the infrared heaters will provide top up heating.”

To ensure the 1.46 metre heated glass chandeliers did not detract from the grade I listed building, each one includes motifs significant to Wymondham. Mouldings representing Kett's Oak, Saint Thomas-a-Becket’s shield and Wymondham Old Grammar School Fleur-de-Lys emblem, help the chandeliers fit within their surroundings.

Judith said: “It’s important that we generate a healthy income from community use to cover ongoing running costs and build up a maintenance reserve to ensure the building does not fall into disrepair again.”

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