Cash boost for Holbeach cemetery chapels

Gill Graper, Chris Penney, Trish Bryant and Jenny Worth previously pictured in front of the cemetery chapels.
Gill Graper, Chris Penney, Trish Bryant and Jenny Worth previously pictured in front of the cemetery chapels.
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Holbeach Cemetery Chapels Trustees and Committee, in partnership with Heritage Lincolnshire, have been awarded £49,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The cash will see them appoint a part time project officer and offer a wide range of activities and opportunities for people to explore.

People will be able to be involved in finding out more about the beautiful Victorian chapels and their surroundings, in the centre of Holbeach.

On offer will be some exciting workshops such as photography, learning heritage skills, family history research, and exploring the fascinating environment and ecology of the cemetery.

There will be a summer holiday drama workshop for young people and an ongoing embroidery project that will celebrate the magnificence and history of the chapels and their surroundings.

This project will also help the Trust to develop the future sustainability of the Chapels, including plans to refurbish and renovate the buildings.

Heritage Lincolnshire and the Trust hope that the project will raise awareness and generate enthusiasm with local people who will then wish to ensure the Chapels survive and the surrounding area is well cared for.

Chris Penney, chair of Holbeach Cemetery Chapels, said: “We are thrilled to have received this wonderful support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and are confident that many people in the area will be delighted to participate in the wide range of activities that will be offered.”

Jenny Worth, Secretary for the group, said that she was delighted they were working in partnership with Heritage Lincolnshire and for their support.

Liz Bates, CEO of Heritage Lincolnshire said “The partnership we have with the Trust is an opportunity for us to support their vision of a sustainable future for these important buildings and this fledging building preservation trust project.”