The Friends congratulate the Royal Parks on their successful application to the Heritage and Big Lottery Funds for £3.7m. With the required match funding found locally the total spend will be about £4.5m. We were pleased to help to put the case together, and are working hard as partners with the Royal Parks to develop the detailed plans to help ensure a good outcome.
If successful the cemetery will be transformed into a world class place both to give due honour to the many people buried here and to provide an oasis of quiet recreation and enjoyment for many local people and others from far and wide, while at the same time responding to a wide range of interests.
As part of our contribution we are expanding our existing regular activities and taking on new responsibilities such as staffing the proposed new Visitors’ Centre. This will need about 70 volunteers to enable it to be open for the public on each day of the week. We will steward many events in the much improved Chapel, sometimes offering refreshments. To succeed in a wide range of activities we aim to double our membership from the present 450, and to have many more active volunteers.
If any reader is interested in becoming a member and in volunteering with us please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org, or on telephone 020 7351 1689 to discuss possibilities.
As Arthur Tait, the Chairman of the Friends of Brompton Cemetery, said: “The project will help bring a new lease of life to the cemetery; from conserving the landscape and buildings to providing visitor, volunteer and information facilities. It will be a hub for volunteering, training, and a place of relaxation for children and families while still being a haven for those who want peace, quiet and beauty.”
For additional information see the press release which is on The Royal Parks website: https://www.royalparks.org.uk/press-and-media/press-releases/national-lottery-millions-gives-cemetery-new-lease-of-life