Choir members travel 100 miles to save Polperro Chapel in need of repairs



Polperro Choir members Steve Beswick, Philip Hoppenbrouwers and John Walker who cycled from Penzance to Polperro to raise money for the church as it needs repairs (Image: Polperro Choir)

Three members of the Polperro Fishermen’s Choir have raised over £ 2,000 to help preserve their local church.

Steve Beswick, Philip Hoppenbrouwers and John Walker, who have a combined age of 210, cycled 100 miles from Penzance to Polperro with the aim of raising funds for Polperro Chapel where they rehearsed and practiced for so many years.

The chapel is in dire need of repairs.

The charity ride started in Penzance and took them to many places the choir has performed over the years, such as Newlyn, Lamorna Cove, St Buryan, Sennen, St Just, Zennor and St Ives and then to Camborne , Truro and Looe in Cornwall.

Steve said: “We raised £ 2,160 for the Polperro Chapel and a group from our choir, the Polperro Wreckers, sang on the green in Polperro that evening and we joined them for the concert. It was a great end to the race. “

The chapel, which has been at the heart of spiritual support and Methodism since it opened in 1904, is in danger of closing if funds to make the necessary major repairs to the roof and structure of the building cannot be raised.

The group estimates it would cost £ 50,000 to do the job and have already raised over £ 4,500 for it.

Chapel fundraising is coordinated by Kathy Hebbs and Angela Searle who have set up a Go Fund Me page at to any donation.

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