Cemetery chapel volunteer plea

Cemetery chapel volunteer plea

By Gareth Dennison | 08/07/2021

Cemetery chapel volunteer plea


HOPES are rising for Moorgate Cemetery’s chapel — with volunteers sought to help tidy the area and share ideas about future uses.

The building has been empty and boarded up for many years but Friends of Boston Castle and Parkland could take it on through a community asset transfer.

Such a move would require public backing — so a volunteers event will take place on July 17 to gauge support.

“Hopefully this will be the first of many,” said friends secretary Janet Worrall. “We’ll be clearing pathways, brambles and ivy, but also discussing ideas.

“There is the long-term possibility of taking over the chapel as part of an asset transfer scheme.

“The building could have countless uses, as discussed back in 2002 before Dignity took over the bereavement service and the chapel was left to deteriorate.

“It would become a community building.”

Among the ideas have been the possibility of the building becoming a wedding venue, meeting place or family history research centre.

Janet (pictured, left) said: “Since the Friends of Boston Castle and Parkland was formed in 2002, we have been instrumental and successful in seeing the restoration of Boston Castle come to fruition in 2012.

“We also saved the top field from a compulsory purchase order threatened by Yorkshire Water, as well as securing funding for the amphitheatre at Boston Castle.

“We are now moving into a new phase, looking towards the time when Yorkshire Water vacates the park and how we would like the visitor experience enhanced.”

All are welcome at the volunteers day, which takes place from 11am to 1pm.

Janet added: “New skills are needed, such as legal experience, tree identification, maybe masonry, but, most of all, new and fresh thinking regarding what could be an exciting project for the lovely, but very neglected area we are fortunate enough to live close to.”