Lancing College Chapel is a nationally important masterpiece of the gothic revival as well as an iconic symbol of our school. Because of its size and exposed position, the Chapel will always need costly maintenance.
The Friends of Lancing Chapel is a charity completely independent from the school, which has been giving financial support and professional advice to the Chapel for over 60 years. It cooperates with the Lancing Chapel Trust, the charity which owns the chapel building, and maintains close contact with Lancing College and Woodard Schools.
The constitutional objectives of the Friends are to complete, maintain and conserve the Chapel of S Mary and S Nicolas. The Friends built the west wall and rose window, completed the glazing, lighting and furnishing of the Chapel and contributed to the Handford Porch, the South Aisle door and the new Crypt altar. Meanwhile they have also given over £1m to a series of stone conservation contracts over the past 30 years.
In 2017 the two open arches in the west wall were filled with blind tracery in limestone and a design for a west porch by Michael Drury RIBA was given official approval. Sufficient funds were then raised by the Friends to start building in 2020. In spite of the pandemic, work has gone ahead and has now reached an exciting stage. Money is still needed for the Chapel Completion Campaign and for long-term conservation.
Apart from visitors’ donations and specific appeals, the Friends have depended entirely upon Members’ covenants and legacies. Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of OLs, parents and Friends from the wider community over the years, the Chapel is now in excellent condition and well cared for. Our current expectation is that the building will be completed and dedicated in 2021.
To become a Friend, contact the Hon Secretary at Lancing College, Lancing BN15 0RW or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The minimum subscription is £10 per annum.
Friends of Lancing Chapel makes it possible for the Chapel to be open to the public throughout the year. Volunteer guides give tours for visiting parties and are usually on hand in the Chapel to inform and advise members of the public. The Charity publishes guide books, post cards, pictorial records and publicity literature and, through its co-opted members, gives advice on architectural and aesthetic matters. It organises an 'Annual Festival' for Friends and other events to help raise funds and keep the Chapel in the public eye.
Charity number: 241403