TRUSTEES of a mid-19th century chapel near Wem have pleaded for support to help repair the building or face losing it altogether.

Northwood Chapel stands off the B5063 between Wem and Welshampton, close to Salters Mill, but was opened in 1860.

It’s most recently served as a meeting space for the successful campaign to save the Horse & Jockey pub, just hundreds of yards down the road from the chapel.


But now trustees for the chapel say it is standing derelict because of dry/wet rot and they are ‘reaching out’ to their community for assistance in making crucial repairs.

A spokesman for the trustees said: “Without these repairs to their little chapel, we face the possibility of losing this invaluable community asset.

“The managing trustees have in recent months had the privilege of supporting the Friends of the Horse & Jockey, Northwood by providing them with a space for their meetings and presentations.

“It has been truly inspiring to witness the unity of our community in coming together to support and preserve the Horse & Jockey through fundraising, grants and community shares.

“We would greatly appreciate the support from their close-knit community as we hold events to raise funds to carry out these necessary repairs.”

Northwood Methodist Chapel was opened for Worship on November 25, 1860 so it is part of the history of Northwood.

Once restored and reconfigured inside, the little chapel will not only serve as a place of worship but will also be available for hire, providing a cozy venue for small community events in addition, including a vast array of activities such as knit and natter, exercise classes, workshops and talks and the community to enjoy.

The spokesman added: “The managing trustees would also like to extend our deepest gratitude to the Friends of the Horse & Jockey for their unwavering support and invaluable guidance as we research grants and raise funds.”

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Please join them for a Coffee Morning at Wem Methodist Church in Aston Street, Wem on Saturday, November 18 from 10am to 12pm.

This event features a cake stall, Tombola, and much more, all in support of Northwood Methodist Chapel.

There will also be a quiz held next week to help raise money for their campaign at the same venue.

For more details, email Jen Bache at