Donation to the Little Chapel Foundation
£1,550 from the sale of raffle tickets at last week’s 2017 “Shaken Not Stirred” Guernsey Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner is being donated to The Little Chapel Foundation that has been established to renovate, repair and manage The Little Chapel on behalf of the Bailiwick of Guernsey.
Close to 200 members of Guernsey Chamber of Commerce and their guests attended the Annual Dinner at the St. Pierre Park Hotel on Thursday 19 January 2017. Reflecting the changing demands of Chamber members and the fast moving world of business, the format moved away from the traditional black tie round table sit‐down dinner to a more relaxed evening with long tables, “Tie or
nor Tie” dress code and an increased networking time at the beginning of the evening with Wheadon’s Gin cocktails.
The Little Chapel, that is both an iconic local landmark and tourist attraction, is the third one that was designed and built by Brother Deodat Antoine of The Brothers of the Christian Schools – a Catholic religious order devoted to the education of boys. Brother Antoine arrived in Guernsey in 1913 and started on the first Little Chapel in the same year. The first two versions were both destroyed by Brother Antoine due to caustic criticism (the original 1913 version) and the inability of the Bishop of Dorchester to get through the door upon visiting (the second 1923 version).
The third version, and the one that is in such urgent need of repair and renovation today, was almost complete by the time the Second World War broke out. Due to ill health, Brother Deodat returned to France in 1939 where he died without ever having seen his work completed.
The Little Chapel Foundation was established in 2016 and the site upon which the building stands was gifted to the Charity by the De La Salle Brothers whose Order – the Brothers of the Christian Schools – was originally formed in 1680 . The Order flourished to over 6,000 brothers by the early 20th century but many Brothers left France to continue teaching in exile in 1904 due to the French
Government passing anti‐religious laws and banning all faith schools. A group of De La Salle Brothers came to Guernsey and acquired Les Vauxbelets.
“The Little Chapel’s origins are over one hundred years old, and the etablishment of The Brothers of Christian Schools over three hundred years old.” said Martyn Dorey, President of the Guernsey Chamber of Commerce.
“It is our responsibility, as islanders and members of the business community to safeguard and maintain our heritage and to help turn such landmark buildings as The Little Chapel in to a sustainable tourist attraction. I am delighted that this year’s Dinner raised over £1,500 for The Little Chapel Foundation ‐ the Guernsey Chamber of Commerce’s charity for 2017.”
For more information on The Little Chapel Foundation or to donate to its appeal to raise £500,000
visit www.thelittlechapel.gg or call Pat Johnson, Chairman on 07781 130804