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Bromley landmarks join Open House despite lack of council funding

PUBLISHED: 12:29 12 September 2013 | UPDATED: 12:29 12 September 2013

RAF St Georges Chapel Biggin Hill will open to the public over the Open House weekend.

RAF St Georges Chapel Biggin Hill will open to the public over the Open House weekend.

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A number of the borough's landmark buildings will open their doors for the public next weekend, despite Bromley Council's decision to opt out of Open House London.

St George’s RAF Chapel of Remembrance and a wartime dispersal area at Biggin Hill Airport will open for tours on September 21 and 22, thanks to the efforts of chapel staff and local scouts.

On Tuesday, the council said the £5,000 cost of the event represented a “significant sum” at a time when spending is being assessed “very carefully”.

South London Air Scouts adviser, Ian Piper, said: “Sadly Bromley were not able to find the money to allow properties in the borough to appear in the programme this time.

“But from previous years we know that hundreds of Bromley residents enjoy these tours and attend whatever the weather. So despite lack of official sponsorship, we are determined to give the public what they want.”

The ‘RAF At War’ living history group will be on hand in authentic uniforms and vehicles for tours of Bromley’s remaining ‘front line’ on September 22.

The chapel, in Main Road, Biggin Hill, will be open from 10am to 3.30pm on Saturday, September 21 and from 11am to 4pm on Sunday, September 22.

Also opening its doors on the Sunday is Bromley and Sheppard’s Colleges, in London Road, Bromley.

Tours will be available from 1.45 on the Sunday, though booking in advance is necessary. To book, call 020 8460 4712, or email bromleysheppardscolleges@btconnect.com.

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