Updated: Apr 7, 2020

As you know we launched our Pioneer Community Shares Offer on the 29th February. Unfortunately, it was just as we were beginning to feel the effects of Coronavirus and little did we realise how much it was going to have an impact on all of our lives. Clearly, these are difficult times for everyone and understandably people are focused on the welfare of themselves and their families, and their financial well-being.

We love our project and want to press on with the regeneration of the glassworks as soon as we can, but we recognise this is not the right time. Ours is a project of the future and not the present. Right now there are many worthy causes that have a more pressing need than ours. The Board have for this reason taken the difficult decision to postpone our community share offer to a date to be set later in the year.

Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has supported us so far. As It would not be fair for the Trust to withhold those pledges already committed, those of you who have already made an investment on-line will be refunded via the Crowdfunder Platform and for those who pledged by post, they will have their cheques returned.

In the meantime, despite the difficulties, work will continue in the background and as soon as life returns to some kind of normality we will relaunch our community shares offer when we trust we will be able to call on your highly valued support again.

Very best wishes to you and your families and thank you again for your support.

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29th February, 11am

Smethwick Library, High Street, Smethwick B66 3AP

A multi-faceted event jointly hosted by Smethwick Heritage Centre and Chance Heritage Trust.

Shares Launch – Be a Pioneer
: This is your opportunity to find out more about this exciting and worthwhile venture. Now it is your time to Own a Piece of History!
As a Shareholder you own and control the Trust. Every Shareholder has a vote and therefore a voice in the future direction of the Trust.

Chance Valuation: 
Have you got a piece of Chance Brothers’ glass or memorabilia squirrelled away at the back of a cupboard? This is your ‘chance’ to find out more about it … and a guide to what it could be worth!
Bring along your treasured item to learn more.

Tell Your Story: 
We really want to hear your stories about Chance Brothers. Perhaps you worked for them, or had a relative that did?
It is a great opportunity to make sure your stories are heard by future generations and preserved for posterity.

Your Vision for the Glassworks: 
We have our ideas for the regeneration of the glassworks, but your views as members of the local community are just as important.
Come and tell us what facilities and amenities we should include in the development.

Chance Day Out!

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Our new website: we hope you like it

We’ve changed a lot since we were established in 2015 and we thought it was time to re-launch our website. It has a fabulous new look with more features and it is easier to navigate. Over the coming months we will be adding new content and making it far more interactive. We hope you like it.

The new website address is and our email address will change to

The phone number remains the same 0121 663 1053

Exciting News: Change of Name

We still love the glassworks and there is a huge amount of work going on in the background to move this amazing project forward.

However, many of you know the Chance Glass Works Heritage Trust was set up with the intention of regenerating the Chance Glassworks and other heritage assets in Sandwell.

While we were updating our website, to avoid confusion and more effectively reflect that aim, the Trustees have decided to change the Trust’s name to the Chance Heritage Trust.

The Trustees were very keen to keep the Chance name given its importance to the area and the significant contribution Chance Brothers made to the local community, which the new name continues to recognise and celebrate.

More Exciting News!

Conversion to a Community Benefit Society

The Chance Heritage Trust is also converting to a Charitable Community Benefit Society* (CBS). What does that mean we hear you ask? The Trust believe it is crucial for local people – and those further afield, to have the opportunity to be involved directly and have a voice in the future direction of the Trust. The important point is that a CBS is owned and run by its members on a basis of one member one vote which means there is complete equality for each shareholder whether large or small.

Changing to a CBS is a really exciting turning point in the Trust’s future and we will be announcing more news on this and details of how to become a shareholder over the coming months!

*More information on community benefit societies can be found here

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