Cemetery chapel open for funerals

COUNCIL chiefs have re-opened one of the twin chapels at Batley Cemetery – and families are now being encouraged to hold funeral services there.

The Batley Cemetery Support Group has maintained the listed buildings since they shut.

Members also planted flowers and collected discarded rubbish while battling to get the buildings re-opened.

Residents can see the work done at a Christmas coffee morning on Sunday. In addition to tours, visitors can buy gifts from a variety of stalls from 9.30am to 2pm.

Two funerals have been held at the chapel already and group chairman Bill Fox hopes for more.

He said: “I would urge the public to consider the chapel for use at funerals and to support any social events staged there.

“They are open to any denomination and I also ask their undertakers to inquire about their availability.”

The twin chapels were restored in 2002 as community buildings and meeting rooms.

They have since been lived in by temporary tenants to protect them from thieves and vandals.

Mr Fox added: “Staging funerals or certain social events there is a means of helping to preserve them.”

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