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29 August 2013
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To mark the commencement of works to restore the Muslim Burial Ground in Horsell to its former glory, esteemed representatives gathered at the site today (Thursday 29 August 2013) to take part in a prayer ceremony, led by Imam Asim Hafiz, Muslim Chaplain to the British Armed Forces and Reverend Ian Brackley, the Suffragan Bishop of Dorking.
The prayer ceremony honoured the beginning of renovation works to the site, and allowed attendees to take a tour of the burial site, which was first established in 1917, followed by an exhibition of the history of the Muslim Burial Ground.
Attendees included Imam Asim Hafiz, Muslim Chaplain to the British Armed Forces; Reverend Ian Brackley, the Suffragan Bishop of Dorking; Cllr Anne Roberts, Mayor of Woking; Cllr John Kingsbury, Leader of Woking Borough Council; Jonathan Lord, Member of Parliament for Woking, representatives from the Armed Forces Muslim Association and Elizabeth Cuttle, Trustee of Horsell Common Preservation Society.
The Muslim Burial Ground is undergoing works to restore the site to be used as a garden of peace and remembrance, in time for the 1914 war centenary commemoration ceremonies. It will also act as a future heritage site for those living or visiting Woking.
The project seeks to restore the structure to its original state, to enhance pride of place, encourage visits and provide a place for acts of commemoration. It will also promote Woking as a historical venue for tourists, and the first phase of works, which are anticipated for completion in November 2013, will include:
reinstating the boundary walls
restoring the Chatri to its original state.
Speaking about the renovation works, Cllr John Kingsbury, The Leader of Woking Borough Council, said: "The prayer service at the Muslim Burial Ground marks the reinstatement of this important heritage site to its original state. The restorations hold significance, not only locally but also for the descendants of those who gave their lives in the First World War. Woking is a multicultural Borough and by working in partnership with English Heritage and Horsell Common Preservation Society, it has managed to hold onto a future heritage site."
This unique Grade II listed site is located on the South East corner of Horsell Common. The project is being run in partnership with English Heritage, Horsell Common Preservation Society and Woking Borough Council.