Gospel Vespers

The Gospel Vespers service at the Fishermen’s Chapel is an informal service including traditional gospel music from the Fishermen’s Chapel Gospel Choir, along with readings and reflections. We often have the Monday Singers contributing too. Everyone is welcome.

Our next Gospel Vespers services are 12 November and 10 December, and every second Sunday of the month at 7.30pm. Refreshments are served from 7.

We’ve had some great services so far – guests have included Michael Glaysher in May, and The Monday Singers for several months, both of whom were brilliant.

You can still join the choir too – come along on a Tuesday, 7-8pm in the community room.

Lantern Making

Thanks to everyone who joined us on Saturday 9 December to make a lantern before the carol singing on Strand Wharf. Do come to the Chapel again!

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We’ll be open from 3pm and all materials are provided. Suggested donation: £1

Our downstairs cafe will be open serving hot chocolate and treats which you can enjoy at the Chapel or take along to the carols.

Download printable poster (PDF 0.5mb) [Right click on link, choose ‘save as’]

Christmas Market

A huge thank you to everyone who came along, had a table or organised our Market on 25 November. See our Facebook page for photos!

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25 November, 11:00–17:00

This Christmas we’d like to help you to find some really lovely, unique gifts to help you spread the love to your friends and loved ones –
We are hosting a brand new Christmas Market on 25 November with lots of local, independent businesses selling their wares – from handmade crystal jewellery to contemporary artworks and dairy free chocolate to hippie threads, homewares and much, much more!

We’ll be bursting with festive fun, serving refreshments of non-alchoholic mulled wine and vegan mince pies so come down and pick up some wonderful gifts whilst supporting small businesses!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

You can find out more on the Christmas Market Facebook Event page.

A sample of the stalls that will be present:

  • The Roots Store – Earthy handmade crystal jewellery & homewares
  • Beauty by Nature – Handmade cosmetics from natural ingredients
  • Manda – Dairy free cakes and handmade chocolates
  • Sally-Anne Ashley Art – Contemporary abstract art
  • Green Elephant – Hippie threads & homewares
  • Threaderick – Upcycled & handcrafted bags & accessories
  • Eyeseethingsdifferently – Original artwork, cards & stationery
  • Courts of Rayleigh – Floristry
  • Outtenabout – Wildlife photography
  • Forever Living – Lifestyle & cosmetics
  • Kate’s in Stitches – Handmade & embroidered accessories
  • BozenaKorwatjewelry – Artistic jewellery
  • Scentsy – Decorative wax warmers & waxes
  • Dave Walker – Cartoon books and gifts
  • Charlotte Walker Silver – Handmade silver jewellery

Climate change talk

Jon Fuller from South East Essex Friends of the Earth spoke at the Chapel on Thursday 9 November. We’ll be posting some links to topics raised in his talk shortly.

Is it really “game over” for humanity?
Has the runaway greenhouse effect begun?
Do we still have time to avoid climate change catastrophe?

As media outlets report on evidence that a series of ‘climate feedbacks’ have begun to emerge and scientists like Prof Stephen Hawking express grave concern for life on Earth, we invite you to a talk to hear what scientists mean when they warn of the runaway greenhouse effect. The talk runs for 30 minutes and will be followed by a discussion open to all.

The talk will explain what lies behind the headlines, such as the expression “game over” in the Independent, the threat of “extinction of our species” on the RT TV channel and Prof Stephen Hawking’s warning that the planet will soon be unable to support life.
The talk is delivered in an easily accessible way for those unfamiliar with the science relating to climate change. The main ‘climate feedbacks’ will be explained and why scientists are now so concerned. As some scientists call for a technology called ‘geoengineering’, to lower global temperatures, the talk will explain what is being proposed.

People under the age of 25 may ask whether they can survive what could be coming. So for young adults the talk will also set out what might be done to feed people if global agriculture suffers unprecedented disruption.

All Souls Day Open Church and Remembrance Service

Our Chapel is open all day on Thursday 2 November to celebrate the lives of loved ones who have passed away. Please come to the chapel and light a candle, bring a photo or write a message to hang on our streamers. There will be refreshments and all donations will go to Fair Havens Hospice.

Then at 7pm we will be having a short and very beautiful, candlelit service to celebrate the lives of loved ones who have passed away. The wonderful Waterside Choir will be singing some award-winning arrangements of songs such as You Raise Me Up and Lean on Me. Everyone is welcome to join us: all faiths or no faith. Children are very welcome too. Refreshments will be available for the service as well, and once again all donations will go to Fair Havens Hospice.

We hope you can join us for this special day.

All Souls Day Open Church on Facebook

All Souls Day Remembrance Service on Facebook

[Image Credit: Andrew Rivett, Flickr]

Leigh Folk Festival 2017

The Chapel hosted two stages for the Leigh Folk Festival on Sunday 25 June. We had a great day with a wide range of music and refreshments in our downstairs community room.

Here are the timings for the two stages. Please note these are approximate timings that we’ve taken from the Festival Guide – see the Guide itself or the artist links for accurate times: download the Guide here (pdf document). There is a complete list of Artist bios on this page of the Leigh Folk Festival site: Artist A-Z.

Upstairs stage – Main Chapel

11.00 Sacred Harp Workshop
12.45 Plantman
1.30 Mary Hampton
2.20 Cath & Phil Tyler
3.20 Marry Waterson & David A Jaycock
4.20 Alasdair Roberts Trio
5.15 Winter
6.05 Oliver Cherer
6.55 Plague Dogs

Downstairs stage – Community Room

1.30 Out of Caves
2.15 Giwan Sulaiman
3.00 Lafidki
3.45 Zensunni
4.30 Sealionwoman
5.30 Bamboo

Housekeeping notices: Access to the upstairs stage in the main Chapel is up a set of (widely-spaced) steps. The Community room is at street level. The route between the two stages is via the external path to the left of the Chapel as you look from the road. Please note that the Fishermen’s Chapel is an alcohol-free zone.

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

Leigh Art Trail 2017

Fishermen’s Chapel was one of the venues for the Leigh Art Trail this year.

The artists featured on the Fishermen’s Chapel Community Art Wall:

Trevor Morgan is an amateur photographer, who has lived in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex for over 50 years, and has always had an interest in photography dating back to the Box Brownie and the Kodak Instamatic.

Inspiration for his pictures comes from many sources, but primarily nature. Trevor also takes inspiration from the texture and form within landscapes and seascapes.

He uses a Canon E0S 600D DSLR with 18-135mm, 50-250mm and 100mm macro lenses. View more at morganpics.blogspot.com

James Jaggard is a painter who was born in Colchester and grew up in Leigh-on-Sea. He takes inspiration from landscapes and latterly cityscapes, adding texture to his oil paintings using found objects; flotsam and jetsam. View all his paintings at jagpaints.blogspot.com or follow him on Twitter @jagpaints

Simon Brandon lives in Leigh and takes photos for a living. Sometimes he finds time to take photos for other reasons, too. See his work at www.sibrandon.co.uk

Niamh Smith – A new young artist, just 17 years old, specialising in free hand mandala art on print based materials and found objects, particularly driftwood from our local Estuary beaches. Niamh’s artwork provides her with a sense of peace and calm that she hopes through sharing her art, will allow her to spread that peace and calm to others. www.mandalarama.com @niamh.smith8

Sally-Anne Ashley‘s work is an intuitive response to her inner landscape; including personal thoughts and feelings in relationships through to her love of nature, figures, symbols and often made-up creatures feature. These ideas are explored in a variety of mediums, mostly paints and textiles. Layer upon layer of paint is applied to suggest transient moments and emphasise the impermanence of everything we know. Everything changes from one moment to the next – parts are covered and overlayed but not forgotten – it’s from these layers that stories are made. Instagram: @sallyanneashley


Sally Anne-Ashley wall


Manadala prints by Manadalarama / Niamh Smith


‘Drifting’ – beach driftwood mandala art by Mandalarama / Niamh Smith


A picture of just some of the artists on the Community Art Wall for Leigh Art Trail

See additional photos here


Event info:

We’ll be open from 10 until 4pm from 10-17 June, providing refreshments every day, (except Sunday, 11 June, when another event takes place in our Community Room). We have art on display in our downstairs Community Room, why not come in and relax as you make your way around the Art Trail?

The full programme for the Art Trail is here, but please note that the Chapel events are as listed below, not as per the programme!

Special events:

Saturday 10 June: There will be an open day to kick off the art trail on Sat, 10th June – a chance to come and view our new Community Art Wall, and also to talk to some of the people who currently use the Chapel space. There will also be poetry from Billericay comic poet Simon Blackman who has just written his debut collection of ‘greatest hits’, available to purchase and get signed on the day. Artist Sally-Anne Ashley will also be on hand in the morning to talk about her art and the journey it took her on.

Sunday 11 June, 7.30pm: Service with our Gospel Choir. Doors open from 7.

Tuesday 13 June, 6-8.30pm There will be a late night viewing, with refreshments from pop up cafe Beep Beep Pop.
7-9pm. Gospel Choir rehearsing at the Chapel, along with Cockleshell Chorus. Come and join our rehearsal!

Wednesday 14 June: From 10am ’til 12pm, there will be a special family coffee morning with an Under 5’s messy play. All materials provided, just bring painting clothes! The space will then continue to be open for viewings that day as usual but from 12-4pm, following the messy play.

The Daisy Bowlers at Hadleigh Temple

The Daisy Bowlers are performed at the Salvation Army Hadleigh Temple on 20 May, along with Young Musicians of the Salvation Army. £1000 was raised for the Fishermen’s Chapel fund. Huge thanks to everyone who came, and the Salvation Army Hadleigh Temple.

Hadleigh Temple is at 146 London Road, SS7 2PF.

Art at the Chapel

We have some new paintings and photographs in the walls in our newly-decorated downstairs room, and plan to have new art on display every few months. Come and take a look sometime! Thanks to Jo for organising this.

The current artists are…

Si Brandon

Si Brandon lives in Leigh and takes photos for a living. Sometimes he finds time to take photos for other reasons, too. See his work at www.sibrandon.co.uk

Title of photo 1: Bell Wharf, January 30th 2014
Title of photo 2: Cobra Mist ICBM Detection Radar, Orford Ness

James Jaggard

James Jaggard, is a painter who was born in Colchester and grew up in Leigh-on-Sea. He takes inspiration from landscapes and latterly cityscapes, adding texture to his oil paintings using found objects; flotsam and jetsam. View all his paintings at jagpaints.blogspot.com or follow him on Twitter @jagpaints

Prices range from £25 to £60

Trevor Morgan

Trevor Morgan is an amateur photographer, who has lived in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex for over 50 years, and has always had an interest in photography dating back to the Box Brownie and the Kodak Instamatic.

Inspiration for his pictures comes from many sources, but primarily nature. Trevor also takes inspiration from the texture and form within landscapes and seascapes.

He uses a Canon E0S 600D DSLR with 18-135mm, 50-250mm and 100mm macro lenses. View more at morganpics.blogspot.com

Prices range from £20 to £30

More pictures below.

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Electric Tea Set

The ‘Electric Tea Set’ returned to the Fishermen’s Chapel on Saturday 15th April.

Now in its fourth year, the ‘Electric Tea Set’ is an annual event celebrating local electronic musicians and spoken word artists. Created by DJ/musician Curly Dan Newman (Middle Age Spread DJ/Ship Full of Bombs internet radio) the event showcases artists such as Bingo Cherry, Alien, Furrows & Adrian Lane and poets Cherry Scott, Rachel Dalton, Claire Burgoyne, Laura Mills, James Wilshere, Sadie Davidson & Jo & Ray from Sundown Arts. The fine acoustics of the Chapel compliment the ambient and wonky machine music and eclectic poetry, with colourful projections and imagery. Teas, coffees and cakes were available, all proceeds going to the upkeep of the beautiful chapel. This was a free event, suitable for all ages.

Thanks to Electric Tea Set for the photos.