Norwood Open Day
Despite the atrocious weather conditions on Sunday 26 August, over 120 people turned up at Norwood Chapel and Retreat Centre for the Open Day and service to celebrate the 93rd Anniversary of the Chapel providing worship in the Washburn Valley. The Chapel was full to capacity with some having to stand at the back and in the kitchen area. was Those attending were able to see the new developments that have recent taken place and also the Vision for the future at the Chapel and Retreat Centre. The Anniversary Service was led by the Rev Philip MacDonald who was the minister at Burley in Wharfedale and with responsibility for Norwood when the Retreat Centre was created twenty-three years ago.
In the Centre, over the last few months, the kitchen has been enlarged, the toilet facilities have been made disable friendly and the pews have been removed and replaced with much more comfortable seating which also has enabled the building to become much more flexible for visiting groups.
Work is progressing on further work in the Centre including redecorating and new carpets for the area where the pews have been removed from plus also purchase of equipment for the centre. Regarding the latter, this includes items for the kitchen costing £365, technical and audio equipment for visiting groups to use costing £1500, worship items totalling £200, and various storage units costing £900. If anyone is able to donate towards these items either as private individuals or companies, they should send a payment to The Circuit Treasurer c/o Otley Methodist Church, Walkergate, Otley with cheques payable to “Wharfedale & Aireborough Methodist Circuit”.
Also, at the event, the new “Friends of Norwood” scheme was launched. (See “Friends” tab on the website containing information about this).