FRIENDS of Wombwell Cemetery have won funding to restore the Grade II listed chapel to preserve local heritage and create a multifunctional community facility.

The group formed following an an incident in December 2002 when an elderly woman was mugged in the cemetery while visiting her husband’s grave.

Wombwell Cemetery Watch was formed which quickly became Friends of Wombwell Cemetery and has gone on to transform many aspects of the cemetery.

The funding exceeding £145,000 has been made up of £78,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, £43,400 from WREN, Barnsley MBC’s 106 Fund £15,000 and Devolved Budget £6,000 in addition to £2,500 of Community First funding and a contribution from the group’s own funds.

Chairman Mike Bretton said: "We are absolutely delighted to have received the support of so many differing community organisations. Together we can now conserve our heritage, preserve local history and strengthen the community spirit which I believe still flourishes amongst us."