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Sat 29 March – Launch of THE FISHERMEN'S CHAPEL in Leigh

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New Road Methodist Church is being relaunched as a new local art venue, The Fishermen’s Chapel.

It will provide a space for music, arts and community-based initiatives connecting with the flourishing arts scene in the Leigh and Southend area.

This Saturday’s launch day brings an eclectic & atmospheric afternoon showcasing the immense potential of this beautiful & historical chapel. Already a favourite venue of the Leigh Folk Festival, and with the fabulous Mid Winter Folk and Labyrinth under its belt, the launch event will draw together diverse artists and performers to provide a chilled-out, enjoyable afternoon.

Alongside the worshipping congregation that continues to meet on the first and third Sundays of the month, several groups now use the chapel regularly, and the launch event gives an opportunity to meet and celebrate with some of these people.



Resident cartoonist, Dave Walker, will be exhibiting some of his work, delivering a cartoon workshop and providing an art trail. Tuesday night regulars The Show Choir will be performing and local organist and Famous Potato, Paul McDowell, will be kicking things off with an organ recital on the chapel’s freshly tuned pipes.

You will be able to see the poets Ray Morgan (author of I Am The Swell of Each Wave) and Jo Overfield; local band Vacant Touch plus newcomers Humbug, an alternative Indie Rock band who have just released a demo track.

In the pop-up cafe, Sarah Williams, a mixed-media artist with an interest in the language of textiles, will be running a workshop offering people the chance to consider the stitch as a method of drawing. All in all the day offers a lovely free afternoon and visitors of all ages are welcome to pop in or stay all afternoon (as long as there is space!).

Here is the full line-up:


From 5.30-7pm


The launch day will conclude with a stand-alone ticketed event of ‘nourishment, stories and songs’ run by Made In Leigh Conversations in aid of Oxfam.

Including: Jazz singer Elisa Adams, Wine shop owner Charlie Brown, local author Syd Moore, Sorcha Daly talking about women in prison, and others…

Tickets available at The Book Inn or on eventbrite here.

The Fishermen’s Chapel, Old Leigh (formerly known as New Road Methodist Church)