Back in November 2015 The Farnborough Society agreed to form a partnership with Rushmoor Borough council to save and bring the Victoria Road Chapel back into community use as a Columbarium.
With the support of Rushmoor Borough Council, the Farnborough Society has been seeking funding to repair the chapel and convert it into a columbarium containing 200 niches for funeral urns. When completed the Chapel was to be handed back and managed by Rushmoor Borough Council.
As most of us are aware on the 19th July 2016 the Chapel was set on fire leaving it almost completely destroyed. Following this devastating event many individuals were asking if, with so much damage caused, CAN IT BE saved? The answer is yes. The question remains, however, at what cost? Fortunately TFS has been able to secure the services of a highly respected surveyor and restoration specialist Andrew Grimshaw ACIOB who has for many years maintained the Queen’s estates in Berkshire and London. Andrew, at no cost to TFS or RBC, agreed to meet two executive members of TFS on site late last year to carry out a structural report and damage survey. Following his inspection he stated that despite the immense heat and damage caused by the fire, the walls had not been structurally compromised and has agreed to look at a number of options including costs to restore the chapel as intended, using a mixture of recycled and modern materials.
Why do the people of Farnborough want to save the chapel?
Following the Graveyard Family Day, you can now donate via Just Giving.
You can also see photos of the event.
See report on HOD event in Activities, Campaigning