Cemetery Friends - caring for the future of our cemeteries

 Friends of Beckett Street Cemetery, Leeds 

Saturday, 30 August 2014


in the  Chapel of Brompton Cemetery, London SW10 7UG


The NFCF will examine the problems caused in cemeteries by metal theft, catacomb damage and other criminal activities.   John Strutton, Community Safety & Crime Prevention Manager of TfL (Transport for London) will discuss  ‘Urban exploration –benign hobby or security threat?

There will be an opportunity for a tour of Brompton Cemetery and possibly the catacombs.

Please send names of those attending to NFCF secretary, also saying (a)if wishing to do the cemetery tour and (b) visit the catacombs if open.


The National Federation of Cemetery Friends  represents groups of volunteers interested in conserving cemeteries large and small. Our associate members include Trusts, councils etc who manage cemeteries and burials and individual members who are not part of a Friends group but share in our values.

The Cemetery Friends give of their time in clearing and maintaining areas often working with local ecology groups to maintain a balance between wildlife and heritage. Some groups have restored memorials and chapels.


In many cemeteries the Friends provide guided walks and other events and work with English Heritage and other organisations to provide Open Days and special events.

The Federation firmly supports safety in cemeteries both for the volunteers working within and members of the public visiting. NFCF has played a major role in persuading central government and local authorities that a balanced and non confrontational approach should be taken in assessing the safety of headstones and kerbs. The wholesale destruction of graves and memorials on the vague umbrella of health and safety is unnecessary in many cases and we are grateful that firmer guidelines have been issued to local authorities stating that pressure testers are not the first route in assessing safety. In a thirty year period there have been 6 fatalities [in some of those cases of the vandals who were attempting to move heavy stonework] but in general cemeteries are safe havens enjoyed by the visiting public.

English Heritage has produced an excellent publication Paradise Restored [and in February 2011 additional guidance leaflets] and we have our own publication Saving Cemeteries.
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Our handbook is full of advice and tips    The National Federation of Cemetery Friends        © 2011/14

New and revised edition


The book contains step-by-step guidance on all aspects of setting up and running  a Friends Group (indeed, it would be of value to non-cemetery related groups too) as well as useful case studies.  Also helpful for established groups looking to develop activities or fund raising.

Saving Cemeteries – a Handbook for Cemetery Friends. 112 pp.

ISBN 978-0-9529780-2-2

Price:  £5.00 + £1.20 p&p  Members: £3 + £1.20 p&p

Copies available from the secretary 

or National Federation of Cemetery Friends,  42 Chestnut Grove,

 South Croydon CR2 7LH