Find out about ‘at risk’ chapels

AN open day will be held to inform people of efforts to restore a grade II listed building to its former glory.

The Cemetery Chapels in Park Road, Holbeach, consist of two chapels with a passage through the centre with a spire spanning the archway, which rises above an avenue of evergreen trees.

They were consecrated in 1852 by the Bishop of Lincoln but in recent years had fallen into disrepair.

In 1986 repairs made to the steeple and the other chapel cost £3,000 but at present the doors and windows are boarded up to prevent vandalism.

A steering committee has now been set up with the aim of restoring the buildings, which are now on the Lincolnshire Heritage “At Risk” register.

The open day will be held on Heritage Sunday, which is Sunday, September 11, from 11am to 3pm.

It is hoped that after restoration the chapels could be used by schools and other groups for educational purposes in conjunction with the cemetery.

Wildlife projects, local history and exhibitions are some of the suggestions already made by members of the public.

Trish Bryant, of Holbeach Civic Society, said: “We want to make people aware that a steering committe is actively involved with plans to restore these Victorian listed buildings which are now on the Lincolnshire Heritage at risk register.

“We are setting up a Buildings Preservation Trust, and will be a registered charity.

“We have already received a lot of support from Lincolnshire Heritage At Risk.”