A PRETTY Victorian chapel is back open again after being cleaned up by a group of young offenders on community service.
The 19th century Grade-II listed chapel in Petersfield Cemetery had fallen to rack and ruin.
Damp and other minor maintenance issues had rendered the chapel, based at Ramshill cemetery, unfit for public use.
But it has now been restored to its former glory by a team from Community Payback. They worked over three days in August to free the chapel of mildew, treat the walls with fungicide and redecorate.
The materials they used were donated by a local company which wishes to remain anonymous.
The chapel, owned by East Hampshire District Council, was used for the first time this year when a funeral service was held.
Councillor Judy Onslow, who sits on the cabinet at the council, said: ‘It is an absolutely idyllic little building and a fantastic asset for the community.
‘It wasn’t really in a good enough condition to be used before but the community payback team have done an excellent job of smartening it up and it looks wonderful now.
‘It is tucked away in a secluded part of Petersfield and I doubt many people know it is here but it is a perfect little venue for intimate services.’