Welcome to The Old Chapel Blog

Hello, I am Gemma Smith and I am the Heritage Officer for the Old Chapel. This blog will provide regular updates on what’s happening with the project. Currently, the renovation is still being undertaken, but it is progressing well and we hope to have the Old Chapel open in Spring 2013.

The Old Chapel will be used by Sacred Heart of Mary Girls’ School. They will use it for assemblies, prayer, liturgy, reflection and also different aspects of the curriculum such as RE, Music and Drama.

It will be open two weekends a month in line with other heritage attractions in Upminster such as the Windmill and the Upminster Tithe Barn Museum of Nostalgia. There will be temporary exhibitions, open days and family events. The Upcoming Events section of this website will be kept up to date with what’s going on.

6 Responses to “Welcome to The Old Chapel Blog”

  1. Kay Thursday 24th January 2013 at 2:13 pm # Reply

    What a great web site, so informative. keep up the good work!

  2. Maggie Monday 30th September 2013 at 7:54 pm # Reply

    I was a pupil at the sacred heart school netween 1968 and 1975 , i am so happy that the old chapel has been renovated . It teally is a beautiful little building , on my next trip to the UK i would love to visit , when is it open to the public ?

    • gemma Tuesday 1st October 2013 at 9:21 am # Reply

      Hi Maggie,

      We are open to the public from April-October, every first and third weekend of the month from 2-5.

      If you are ever in the area, do let me know, and I can arrange you a viewing if you can’t make those times.

      All the best,


  3. Geoff hartnell Tuesday 26th November 2013 at 10:24 am # Reply

    Your office looks too neat Gemma!
    I look forward to visiting the Old Chapel on December 17th 2013 for the Volunteer Managers Meeting.
    Excellent website, very informative and well laid out.

  4. Paul Russell Tuesday 14th April 2015 at 5:07 pm # Reply

    Hi, I just found your website and it does look great, how can that be an office you’re in? All the offices I ever see are cluttered all the way to hell and back. Anyway, I’m going to be very cheeky here and ask, do you have any ex-pupils and/or staff from Corbets Tey School in your congregation? I’m looking for pupils and staff from the 1960′s to early 1970′s who would have known me.

    • gemma Monday 27th April 2015 at 1:34 pm # Reply


      The Chapel isn’t used as a church as such anymore so we don’t have a regular congregation. I run the heritage events that we do here, good luck with your search.


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