Students’ website launched to help historic chapel’s roof

Students from Jane Austen College launch the new website they designed for the Octagon Chapel. Pictu

Students from Jane Austen College launch the new website they designed for the Octagon Chapel. Picture: Jane Austen College - Credit: Archant

Students from Jane Austen College in Norwich have used their web design skills to help a historic chapel raise funds for a much-needed new roof.

The Octagon Chapel, Colegate, Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams

The Octagon Chapel, Colegate, Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams - Credit: Archant

Their involvement with Octagon Chapel's Heritage Lottery community project helped it to secure funding to repair its worn and damaged roof, by promoting the history and architecture of the Grade II listed building - an essential part of the funding bid.

The group of 10 students came up with a plan to design and launch a website for the 250-year-old chapel as part of their electives programme.

They visited the chapel and met members of the congregation, which practises Unitarianism – a belief system which welcomes people from all faiths and none, taking inspiration from science and the arts as well as religious teachings.

The students learned about the chapel's history through a guided tour around Colegate, and a visit to the home of the chapel's architect, Thomas Ivory.


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The website was launched at the chapel on July 11 in front of an audience of congregation members.

Claire Heald, principal, said: 'This is a fantastic project which enabled our students to really get involved in helping our local community.

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'We're very proud of their achievement.'

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