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Sunday Worship 10.00 am
once a month on the 4th Sunday.
Communion every other month
Shepton Mallet and Frome, BA4
Prior to this Chapel being built in 1899, the congregation met at the home of William Charlton who lived in a cottage on the south side of Dean. In 1844 a certificate was issued by Wesleyan minister, Rev. John Brandreth stating that this cottage was designated to be used as a place of religious worship by a congregation of Protestants to be known as 'Wesleyan Methodists'.
The records show that 14 local gentlemen, appointed as trustees, approached Frederick Spencer, the local estate and landowner, with regard to acquiring a plot of land to build a new chapel. Frederick Spencer gave the land to them but it was some years before the chapel was built at a cost of £765.
The original plans of the Chapel and Sunday school rooms, printed on silk, show a trap house and stable on the east side. There is no record of these ever being built, perhaps they ran out of money or had a vision of the future motor car!
After its official opening the Chapel services were very well attended and had a sizeable choir, apparently you had to go early to get a seat! The building was also used weekdays for magic lantern shows, prayer meetings, choir practice and other social events. The Sunday School played a prominent part in family worship over many years.
The original building was lit by oil lamps and heated by hot water pipes from a furnace in the cellar and the pipe organ was pumped by hand. Today the lighting, heating and organ are all electrically operated, in 1953 Ralph James, late of Dean Street Farm, generously funded the cost of the electrical installation in memory of his wife Evelyn.
During its history the Chapel, because of circuit boundary changes, has belonged to several different circuits.
Harvest Festival Service
We are supported by a few members from Cranmore Anglican Church at these services
Our small congregation support other Methodist churches on `no service' Sundays e.g. Castle Cary, Shepton Mallet and Norton Down as well as Cranmore Anglican Church.
Special Services: Chapel Anniversary Songs of Praise Harvest Thanksgiving Carol Service
These services are held at 2.30pm followed by tea/cakes/mince pies in the schoolroom.
Kitchen facilities available but no water or flush toilet amenity.
Dean Supports: Christian Aid and Action for Children
'NEWS & VIEWS' - Produced 3 times a year by Gwenda Brock (Dean) and approved by Marion Knight (Shepton Mallet). A leaflet giving information of special services and 'what's On' in
Shepton Mallet and Dean.
Organists:Dawn Gould, Eileen George