THE Friends of Llanfoist Chapel have held the first proper service in over 26 years in the newly re-opened chapel in Llanfoist cemetery.

The historic chapel was mothballed in 1989 and has since been used as a ‘storage room and dumping ground’ until the group got together and managed to have it opened on a daily basis.

This week saw the chapel hosting a candlelit memorial carol service led by Reverend Chris Walters who also renamed the chapel and blessed it as The Chapel of Peace.

The large congregation were offered the chance to write the names of their loved ones, many of whom are buried at the cemetery, on cards which were then hung on the Christmas tree at the chapel.

Following the short service light refreshment stollen, mince pies and mulled wine were offered to all those who had attended.

The group is now hoping to raise funds by applying for grants, to enable it to bring the chapel back to its former glory. This project would include providing an electricity suppy at a cost of up to £10,000.

“We are always looking for contributions financial, in kind or by volunteering. If you can help please please contact me on 01873 859543,”?said the group’s treasurer Martin Hickman.