Lottery bid to rescue listed chapel ruins

Friends of Wombwell Cemetery at derelict chapel
Friends of Wombwell Cemetery at derelict chapel
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REMAINS of a historic South Yorkshire chapel nearly destroyed by arsonists could be rescued from dereliction - if a community group is successful in a public vote for National Lottery cash.

Friends of Wombwell Cemetery are bidding for almost £42,000 to make the shell of the building safe and turn it into a peaceful garden for people coming to the burial ground to pay respects to relatives and friends.

The project has been named ‘Peace From Dereliction’.

The plan is one of two competing applicants for the lottery grant, against a theatre group from Kirklees, in West Yorkshire, who are bidding for funding to put on an event to mark 300 years since the Luddite movement.

Mike Bretton, chairman of the Friends of Wombwell Cemetery, said: “The chapel, which is Grade II listed, was partially-destroyed in an arson attack 20 years ago and only the walls are still standing. “

He added: “We want the funding to cap the walls, to prevent further deterioration, and turn it into a garden with benches and a memorial wall where people could put plaques to their loved ones.”

South Yorkshire Community Foundation is supporting the Wombwell bid.

Members of the public will be able to decide which of the projects should receive the funding in a telephone vote between 9am and midnight tomorrow.

The telephone number will be put on the Friends’ website www.friendsofwombwellcemetery.webs.com tomorrow.