Community Activities

A sense of community is what the Octagon is all about and as such we have a variety of groups and activities to suit everyone.

Learn More About the History of the Octagon
You can find out more about the history of the Octagon Chapel, its architecture and about some historical local and national Unitarian figures at this website This website was created in collaboration with students from the nearby Jane Austen College and funded by a Heritage Lottery Grant as part of a larger programme of urgent repairs to the Octagon roof.

We are very grateful of the support of both the Heritage Lottery and Jane Austen College.

Men's Group
The Men's Group meets on the second Wednesday of each month, and have recently enjoyed trips to the cinema. Various activities are planned for future months, and all men who attend the Octagon are welcome to join in.

Charity Support - Shoe Boxes

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Charity Support
St Martins Housing Trust: we support, with a Shoe Box collection in July and at Christmas. 4Women: we support by providing coffee and sugar, and offering reflexology.

Craft Group
A Craft Group meets occasionally to make items for the Summer and Winter Fairs. For further details please contact the Chairman.

Octagon Concert Series Good Friday concert

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Octagon Concert Series
The Octagon is proud of its musical heritage. As well as a vibrant musical aspect to our worship, we host the very successful Octagon Concert Series, which is somewhat unique inasmuch that no performers receives a fee or expenses so that all money raised can be donated to charity or good cause both local and national. Further details of concerts can be found at or by following on Facebook
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Fund Raising Activities
Every year, we run very successful Summer and Autumn Fairs. Stalls include Crafts, Cakes, Tombola; Books, Children's Games, Bran Tub, Face Painting and Refreshments. The Fairs are a great community event. Money raised is donated to the Octagon or an Octagon related cause.

Social Responsibility Group
This group meets about four times a year for Social Responsibility issues. These include Pastoral Care in the congregation, Supporting Woman Against Prison, Mental Health, Peace and Justice Group, Norwich Criminal Justice Forum to name but a few.

Doughty's Hospital
We hold Social Evenings for the residents of Doughty's Hospital, a nearby sheltered housing complex for Senior Citizens.

Hapton Unitarian Chapel Heritage Site
The Hapton Unitarian Chapel Heritage Site, Hapton, Norfolk has been restored by the Octagon community. A service is held there annually followed by a picnic. The site is open for all to visit.

Romanian Church

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We have been visited by the minister and members of our partnership Unitarian church in Marosvasarhely, Romania and news, presents and visits have been exchanged.

The Nightingale Centre, Great Hucklow
In a small Derbyshire village not far from Chesterfield, you will find the national Unitarian holiday and conference centre at Great Hucklow. This part of Derbyshire is an area rich in history with lots of tourist attractions, and easily accessible by train, car or bus.

The centre is open throughout the year as a holiday or conference venue, and welcomes all faith groups. For further details there is dedicated web site which gives full details: