Bromley buildings open for Open House weekend despite not being part of official event (From News Shopper)
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Bromley buildings open for Open House weekend despite not being part of official event
COST-CUTTING measures mean most of Bromley’s architectural gems are off limits this weekend but you can go somewhere which is usually restricted – unless you have been nicked.
More than 700 buildings across London are opening their doors to the public for the 21st annual Open House weekend and usually around 12 sites in the borough take part.
But this year the council has decided not to part-sponsor the annual event.
All is not lost though as two Open House favourites in Biggin Hill have decided to open despite not appearing in the official programme.
St George’s RAF Chapel of Remembrance (pictured above) and a wartime dispersal area at Biggin Hill airport will be open for tours through the efforts of chapel staff and South London Air Scouts.
The chapel in Main Road, Biggin Hill, will be open on Saturday (September 21) from 10am to 3.30pm and on Sunday (September 22) from 11am to 4pm.
On Sunday visitors will be able to see the remaining front line wartime structures at the airport with the RAF at War group on hand in authentic uniforms and vehicles.
And for the first time people will be able to see behind the scenes at Bromley Police Station as it opens its doors between 10am and 4pm on Sunday (September 22).
A tour of the cells is just one of the attractions planned for the day.
A Bromley Council spokeswoman said: “The £5,000 required to take part in Open House is a significant sum at a time when there is a need to make additional budget reductions.
“Many of the buildings included in the scheme are available to view year round including the Bromley Museum in Orpington, which is well worth a visit.”
For details of the Biggin Hill event call Terry Robinson on 01959 565770 or click here for details.
Bromley and Sheppard’s Colleges in London Road, Bromley, is also set to open its doors on Sunday.
Call 020 8460 4712 or send an email for details.
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