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A lot has been going on recently as shown on the videos below:

September – ‘A stitch in time, saves nine!’

Thanks you to Conservation Builder, Nigel Jaggard, for his prompt response which saved our lovely double Roman tiled roof. The tiles were manufactured by Colthurst & Co of Bridgewater in the late 19th century.

October – Weeping Willow

Visitors to Tolpuddle Old Chapel are used to seeing the lovely willow tree next to the chapel.
Sadly, the tree became dangerous and the owners arranged for it to be pollarded.
This ensures safety on the public highway as well as protecting the roof of the old chapel.

November – Chalk It Up

Tolpuddle Old Chapel was built in 1818 by ‘The Dorsetshire Labourers’ (Tolpuddle Martyrs).
This week two ‘Modern Day Dorsetshire Labourers’, Nigel Jaggard & Luke Mayo, extracted chalk by hand to make cob blocks for the repair of the walls of the old chapel.

December 2020 Update

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We’re getting there!

We’re getting there! Our recently extracted chalk has arrived at Heritage Cob & Lime in Bideford.

 

www.heritagecobandlime.com

 

Thanks to conservation builder Nigel Jaggard for arranging transport. Look out for update videos of the manufacture into cob blocks.

 
Making the chalk blocks – Part 1
 
Making the chalk blocks – Part 2
 
Making the chalk blocks – Part 3

Making the chalk blocks – Part 4
 
Making the chalk blocks – Part5

Delivering blocks – Pt 1
Delivering blocks – Pt 2
 
Other News:

October 2020

What a lovely photo taken by Emma Greenway of Historic England on a whistle-stop visit to Tolpuddle.

Emma’s comment: “Pit stop at Tolpuddle and finally get to nosey at the @TolpuddleOCT Old Chapel. What a fabulous project and how fantastic it will be to see it come off the At Risk Register soon… “

Virtual Tolpuddle Festival 2020

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July 2020 Update

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Update Easter 2020

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Jan/Feb 2020

Planning Progress Report

Blessed are the Meek

Urgent repair needed


Site Visit 11/11/2019

Local Community poet…

…….celebrates TOCT funding success with a poem for National Poetry Day.

Good News

Click below for some very good news


Click here to see Slideshow of 2019 Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival

A Big Thank You to our Funders – March 2019

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Latest Donantion
A big thank you to Meyts Structural Consulting for generously donating £450 to TOCT,

Every donation, big or small, helps TOCT reach our target and save the Old Chapel.

DEADLINE. END OF APRIL!

We are waiting for news from 5 Charitable Trusts.

EVERY LITTLE HELPS!
Thank You.
TOCT Trustees.


Chapel 200 year anniversary

 

Local folk singer inspired by Chapel

Click below to hear Rick Potter play his composition inspired by the Chapel:

 

Artist’s surprise visit to Tolpuddle

Liam O’Farrell is a well known artist based in Somerset, He paints in watercolour and oils and loves history and architecture.

He visited Tolpuddle Old Chapel on Bank Holiday Monday 2018 and painted this picture.

Liam has kindly donated the original to TOCT

Liam’s work can be viewed at www.liamofarrell.com

and on Twitter: @liams_art

“A fine sunny day to paint the beautiful Tolpuddle Village in Dorset – the origin of the Tolpuddle martyrs and British Trade unionism. This is the old Methodist chapel.”

BBC Radio Solent Breakfast in Dorset – 10th April 2018

Tolpuddle chapel revamp plan for 200th anniversary, The trust is hoping to raise almost a quarter of a million pounds to save a former chapel used by the Tolpuddle Martyrs – click to hear

David Willey from the Tolpuddle Old Chapel Trust says it’s a significant building.