Ilford Hospital Chapel calls out for younger volunteers ‘to keep the building going’

The historic Ilford Hospital Chapel in Ilford Hill.

The historic Ilford Hospital Chapel in Ilford Hill. - Credit: Archant

One of the oldest buildings in Redbridge is in desperate need of younger guides to show the public round the historical site, according to one volunteer.

The Grade II* listed Hospital Chapel of St Mary and St Thomas, in Ilford Hill, was founded in the 12th century, and has a Burne-Jones window.

Ian Patience, the chapel’s publicity officer, said: “We need younger volunteers to show people round on the open days.

“We need a younger generation to keep the building going.”

Mr Patience, 75, said the chapel has always struggled to attract younger volunteers in his 15-year spell at the site.

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“All our membership is elderly,” he said. “We want people to learn the tour for when we are not around any more.”

The chapel’s next open day is on Saturday October 11, starting at 10.30am. Free guided tours are on offer and stalls selling memorabilia, greetings cards, bargain CDs and DVDs and refreshment.

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