The Chapel is one of the great glories of the College. It has always been at the very heart of the spiritual life of the school, but in so many other ways, architectural as well as social, it has simply come to represent who we are as a community. We have all been in that building on so many occasions both for the daily services and to mark key moments in the College's year and in the College's history - and key moments in our own lives.
The Chapel was built in the 1870s shortly before the College celebrated its golden jubilee and the frescoes in the chancel were added a few years later. Unfortunately not much work has taken place since. The Chapel has always been cold but this winter the heating gave up completely and when we started to investigate it turned out that the cast iron pipes were originals and only half of them actually function, with many being completely inaccessible. We also have issues keeping the building watertight and the electrics need a complete overhaul.
The Chapel is too important for us not to grip these issues and we have decided to make it the major project for this year's summer works programme. We must address the heating and waterproofing but if the funds are available we would like to do a lot more including replacing the lighting and refurbishing the interior. Putting it simply, we need to make the building fit for the next generation. None of this will be cheap and as we being to draw up plans I wondered whether any OKWs would be able to assist us. Any contribution, of whatever size, would be very much appreciated and such generosity would allow us to be significantly more ambitious with our plans.
Do please get in touch if you are able to help. We would really appreciate the support of the OKW community.
If you would like to support this project, please complete the slip below and return it to the External Relations Office by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by post to The Barrovian Foundation, King William's College, Castletown, Isle of Man, IM9 1TP.
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