Fund rockets to give go-ahead
THE fund for London Airport's inter-Church chapel has suddenly leaped from £5,000 to £51,000, so that the Chapel Fund's consultant, Colonel J. Ronald, announces that building will now go ahead.
The organisers of the scheme for an Airport Unity Chapel have had cause to give up hope that it would ever materialise. The project will cost £90,000, and although the fund was launched as long ago as last July. the fund has been static for a long time at £7,000.
But determination and patience were rewarded. The Church of England and the Catholic Church in this country donated £22,000 each.
On top of this, the City of London Corporation also put its hand in its pocket-the first time in history that it has ever made a donation to a church outside the City limits.
The result: from neardespair, the organisers have overnight been given hope that the chapel will be completed by the end of 1967. Work will start on the foundations in the next few months.
The architect is Liverpool Cathedral designer Mr. Frederick Gibberd, who also designed the main terminal buildings at the airport itself. The building contract is already out to tender.
But the total sum required for the project is not yet in the bag. At the suggestion of Fr. John Robson, of Southall, and with the Chapel Fund Appeal Committee's backing. Mr. Leonard Hay, of the Catholic Aviation Guild, will this week launch the distribution of an initial 10,000 leaflets to passengers at the airport.
These have a dual purpose. They give passengers of all denominations (including Jews and Moslems) information about religious amenities in London, which up to now passengers have often found impossible to get on arrival here.
And the leaflets also point out the merits of the Unity Chapel project. With the airport's 12,000,000 passenger turnover every year, the leaflets should go a long way to finding the extra £39,000 still needed to bring the Chapel Fund up to target.