Fight to save RAF base chapel

People fighting to save a chapel from demolition at an RAF base in Herefordshire are holding a vigil today. The Chapel of Rest at the RAF Lyneham military base, where soldiers were repatriated after being killed in action. is under threat.

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Mother of fallen soldier joins vigil to save RAF chapel

The mother of a fallen soldier has joined a vigil to try to save the Chapel of Rest at RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire, where their loved ones were repatriated.

The chapel is set to be demolished and turned into a training centre and accommodation, with a new Garden of Remembrance at Lyneham. Dozens of bereaved families turned out for a vigil to protest the plans.

Among them was Lucy Aldridge, whose son William, 18, died in a blast in 2009 and was repatriated at the chapel. She said the building itself is tied in to their memories.

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Families of fallen soldiers in vigil at RAF Lyneham

One of the organisers of the vigil, Jacqui Janes, whose son Guardsman Jamie Janes was killed in Afghanistan Credit: ITV News

Families of fallen soldiers who were repatriated through RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire are taking part in a vigil this afternoon as part of their efforts to to save the Chapel of Rest at the former airbase.

The base is being turned into a training centre and accommodation. The Ministry of Defence wants to demolish the prefab building and says there is a new Repatriation Centre at Brize Norton where people can remember fallen servicemen and women.

It says it will be creating a Garden of Remembrance at Lyneham but the campaigners say the Chapel of Rest holds their memories.

The vigil will take place outside the main gates to the base. It starts at 2 pm

Families of fallen soldiers say the Chapel of Rest may be a prefab but it is sacred to them Credit: MoD


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Remembrance garden to be built at RAF base

A garden of remembrance is to be built at the former RAF base at Lyneham in Wiltshire.

The Ministry of Defence says it will reflect the role played by the base in repatriating personnel from overseas operations, including Afghanistan and Iraq.

The garden will be open to the public.

It follows protests from grieving relatives who are angry that a private chapel of rest on the base is to be demolished to make way for redevelopment.

A vigil by people who lost relatives in Afghanistan is planned for Sunday.

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