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Appeal launched for memorial museum to secure airport chapel's future

PUBLISHED: 10:15 12 May 2015 | UPDATED: 10:15 12 May 2015

St George's Chapel in Biggin Hill

St George's Chapel in Biggin Hill

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£1.5 million needed for project at St George's Chapel at Biggin Hill airport

An appeal to raise £1.5 million for a memorial museum to secure the future of St George’s Chapel at Biggin Hill airport was launched at the weekend.

The government pledged £1 million for a museum at the chapel in the Budget in March.

However, the project will need another £1.5 million on top of government and council cash if it is to go ahead.

The appeal was launched during the Mayor’s civic service in the chapel on Sunday, which was part of the VE Day celebrations.

Representatives from Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Poland, New Zealand, the Netherlands and the US attended the service to pay tribute to the airmen and ground crew who were based at Biggin Hill during the Second World War.

Mayor Julian Benington said: “Winston Churchill’s famous quote referencing the contribution of The Few continues to resonate with us today.

“We must always remember.

“We are enormously grateful to all the countries who stand with us today, as they did then, in solidarity and remembrance.

“We must now ensure that the long-held aspiration of a memorial museum becomes reality and we would encourage you to give to this very worthwhile project.”

Bromley Council is leading the museum project along with the Royal Air Force and the Diocese of Rochester.

A council spokesman said: “This approach will provide a sustainable, self-funding future for the chapel, and enhance its heritage value, ensuring its important historical stories and learning opportunities are accessible to the widest possible audience.”

To support or donate to the appeal, e-mail community.development@bromley.gov.uk.

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