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June 2014
Friends of Stockport Cemeteries

The Angel in Willow Grove Restoration Project

Restoration is now under way for the Susannah Bogg Memorial. Work started last December when the

plinth and cupola was taken off site.

Other components of the monument the four pillars, columns and the angel were also taken from storage to be cleaned and repaired.

New marble was used to repair the angel figure and replace the 4 damaged columns.

Most of the work was done at the contractor’s yard.  

The angel and cupola were also sent to a stone carver’s workshop for additional work which was to complete the elaborate detail on these components.
 

The next job is restoring the lead lettering on the plinth.

This is to be done before the permanent balustrade or fencing is to be placed around the monument which we hope will be in keeping with the original.

Other aspects of the project are also being worked on. 
 
 

AGM 2014 The AGM of NFCF will be held on 14th June 2014 and will be hosted by Friends of Glasgow Necropolis
 

NFCF

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF CEMETERY FRIENDS

www.cemeteryfriends.org.uk

Member of the Association of Significant Cemeteries in Europe (ASCE)

 

NFCF  AGM  hosted by The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis

in St Mungo’s Museum, Glasgow

Saturday, 14 June 2014.    Business meeting 2pm

 

AGENDA

1.       Chairman’s welcome

2.      Apologies

3.      Minutes of AGM business meeting 2013

(a)  Matters of accuracy

(b)  Matters arising

4.      Hon Secretary’s report

5.      Hon Treasurer’s report  (Carol Stevenson)

     6.  Proposal for increasing the second category of

          Members’ subscriptions from £10 to £20

     7.           NFCF website

     8.  Logo Competition

     9.  Security Seminar

   10,  Election of officers and committee

         

   11.  ASCE Report (John Moffat)

   12,  Future AGMs

            (a)   2015  Friends of Beckett Street Cemetery, Leeds

            (b)   2016  Awaiting offers

   13.  Any other business

                  

NFCF

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF CEMETERY FRIENDS

AGM 2013

Minutes of the 2013 annual general meeting held on Saturday, 8 June, hosted by the Friends of York Cemetery in the cemetery chapel, York

Chairman: Arthur Tait, chairman, National Federation of Cemetery Friends

Minutes: Gwyneth Stokes, hon secretary

Eighty-four attended including representatives from the following 29 cemetery friends groups: Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bristol; Bedford Cemetery; Beckett Street Cemetery, Lawnswood Cemetery,  Leeds; Flaybrick, Birkenhead; Ford Park Cemetery Trust, Plymouth; Glasgow Necropolis; Houghton Hillside; Jesmond Old Cemetery, Newcastle upon Tyne; Lister Lane Cemetery, Halifax; Loftus Cemetery, Saltburn; North Cemetery, Hartlepool; Park Cemetery, Ilkeston; Raikes Road Burial Ground, Skipton; Redcar Cemetery, St Mary’s Cemetery, Warrington; Stockport Cemetery; Welford Road Cemetery, Leicester; Wombwell Cemetery, Barnsley; York Cemetery Friends & Trust;  Brockley & Ladywell Cemeteries, Brompton Cemetery, Highgate Cemetery Trust, Kensal Green Cemetery, Nunhead Cemetery, West Norwood Cemetery, Woodgrange Park Cemetery, London; St Mary’s Church Action Group, Prestwich; Sheffield General Cemetery Trust;

 London Family History Society; associate members: Caroline Gerard,  Emer and Geoffrey Seamark

1.The chairman (Arthur Tait) welcomed members to the business meeting and thanked the Friends and Trust of York Cemetery for the informative talks and  interesting tours followed by a very good lunch.   He said he had attended meetings with the HLF  which was responding to the NFCF appeal over the years  to give more priority to cemeteries and to make the applications simpler.  They were now aiming to do this.

In thanking the NFCF committee for their work the chairman paid tribute to Ian Simpson, who handled our financial affairs very smoothly but  was retiring after 11 years and also from the committee.  Committee member and former Newsletter editor Carol Stevenson would be taking over as treasurer.

2.  Apologies were received from: Ian Simpson, NFCF treasurer and Friends of Surrey Cemeteries; John Avery, NFCF webmaster;  Friends of Belgrave Cemetery, Leicester; CemeteryWatch, Surrey; Friends of Brandswood End Cemetery, Birmingham; Friends of Darwen Cemetery, Lancs;  The Mausolea and Monuments Trust; ‘Recording Angels’, Midlothian; Friends of the  Rosary, Norwich; Friends of St Michael’s Churchyard, Carlisle; and Frank Lawer

3.Minutes of the 2012 meeting. (a) Matters of accuracy.  The correct name of the group in the attendance list should read Sheffield GeneralCemetery Trust.

   (b)  Matters arising.  4. The letter to the Ministry of Justice asking for more details on the decision not to pursue the re-use issue was discussed in committee and on the evidence of their lack of response already it was decided not to write it.

   9.NFCF and schools:  Beverley Forrest the lecturer working with Lawnswood Cemetery Friends on an education pack said they were worried about the new national curriculum not including natural history.  An announcement was expected at the end of July.

4. Hon Secretary’s report.  The membership stood at 88 – 73 groups and 15 associates – and there were several possible new ones in the pipeline.  Copies of  the handbook Saving Cemeteries were usually requested by interested organisers and now they were almost sold out.  Revision was in hand for a reprint and members with any comments or criticism of the current edition were asked to send to the secretary.      Committee member Geoffrey Seamark had taken over as NFCF representative on the government’s  Burial and Cremation Advisory Group (BCAG) and his report was in  the last Newsletter.  There was nothing that needed NFCF attention at the moment.      As reported last year the Funerary Monuments Group under the chairmanship of Robert Stephenson was still available for help by email and they were able to advise Abney Park trustees on guidelines for the erection of new memorials in historic cemeteries.      The proposed  NFCFmeeting in London on security matters relating to cemeteries had to be cancelled due to a speaker’s indisposition but the committee are looking to reinstate it with a revised programme.  

Asked for comments on the secretarys report   Nicholas Long of West Norwood Friends  thought that the letter to the MoJ should be sent as such letters go on file and so  could be relevant in the future.

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  4a Heritage Lottery Fund.  As an example of the questions asked of the NFCF, the secretary read out a request which she felt members could  answer to the benefit of  all HLF applicants.  A  prospective North Wales  group in partnership with a supportive council was seeking advice on an HLF bid, in particular regarding any percentage of the funding which could be agreed specifically for the Friends’ projects.   Jeff Hart (Nunhead) said their requirements must be set out in the bid and if they need to be negotiated or adjusted, the Friends must be involved.  Other members contributed what they had learned. Arthur Tait (Brompton) reminded members that where match funding was needed, the volunteers’ time could be counted .   Henry Will spoke from the experience of three bids and confirmed that the application  procedures were simpler now  than when they started.  Finding a sympathetic case officer made a difference.

Margaret Carpenter  (Bedford) spoke of their group’s frustration at the HLF’s insistence on them involving more local people when they have exhausted all avenues.

5. Hon treasurer’s report.  In the absence of the treasurer the chairman introduced the treasurer elect, Carol Stevenson,  and then presented the accounts which had been circulated (and are enclosed). The balance is £5504.30.  This meant some money would be available for the Saving Cemeteries reprint and perhaps developing the website.   Regarding paying subscriptions by  standing orders  Carol Stevenson said she had spoken to the bank and would be putting details and code in the Newsletter and email.   There was a suggestion from Ian Dungavel (Highgate) that the book be printed electronically.

6. Election of officers and committee.   The following were re-elected: chairman: Arthur Tait (proposer Jeff Hart, seconder John Ash); secretary :Gwyneth Stokes (proposer Virginia Gatherer, seconder Lynda Kitching; C arol Stevenson was nominated and elected as the new treasurer (proposer Jo Pye, seconder Margaret Carpenter).   Re-elected to the committee were Lynda Kitching, Emer Seamark, Geoffrey Seamark, Robert Stephenson, Ann Wilkinson (editor) and Henry Will  (proposer  John Ash, seconder Stuart Wilkinson.

7. Future AGM venues.  (a) 2014.   Ruth Johnston  of the Friends of Glasgow Necropolis attended  the meeting and invited the Federation to hold the AGM in Glasgow next year  (June 14) which is  the year  the city will be hosting the Commonwealth Games.  The chairman accepted and said members would welcome the opportunity to see their famous and historic cemetery.

(b) 2015    Lynda Kitching, secretary of the Friends of Beckett Street Cemetery, Leeds, offered  to host the AGM in 2015 as it is an anniversary year for the cemetery..   This will be confirmed at next  year’s meeting.

The chairman explained that the convention of having alternate meetings in London was no longer necessary with the NFCF’s wide network.

Any other business

8. Association of Significant Cemeteries in Europe (ASCE). John Moffat (Flaybrick) who is the UK representative on the ASCE steering committee confirmed that the subscription for voluntary groups is now E25 which he had negotiated down from E100 as discussed at last year’s  NFCF AGM.  He urged non-members to consider joining and announced that the annual conference would be held in Westerveld  near Amsterdam in September.

9.World War I commemorations.    Michael Martin (Brockley and Ladywell) informed the meeting that  the Imperial War Museum was keeping a data base of war memorials in cemeteries  asked whether our cemeteries could co-ordinate with it or the NFCF provide similar. The secretary said she felt the number and variety of events could become  overwhelming.  Jeff Hart (Nunhead) said the answer might be for the NFCF to propose a date and invite members to hold an event on that date, which could attract publicity as a national event. This  could be within the four years not necessarily 2014. A member added  that the HLF had money available especially for this anniversary.    Stuart Wilkinson (Lister Lane) suggested that in the light of  increasing interest in finding grave information, a group could use Paypal to charge.

The chairman said all suggestions would be considered by the committee.

John Ash thanked the NFCF committee and the hosts and particularly for supplying the voice amplification which he had requested last year.

There being no further business the chairman closed the meeting at 3.45 pm.
 

NFCF FINANCIAL REPORT JUNE 2014

Paid up membership stands at 84 members, down 2 on last year. 6 new members joined (or rejoined), but 8 members failed to renew. In the majority of cases there has been no response yet to my attempts at communication, but Gwyneth and I are still hoping some of them will still renew.

Sales were also down due to selling out of Saving Cemeteries. This has now been revised and has just been reprinted so I look forwards to higher sales next year.

Costs were down with no Funerary Monuments Group (FMG) activity and also thanks to a very good price on the cost of printing the newsletter secured by our Newsletter editor.

Despite the reduced income, our surplus this year stood at a very healthy £878 at 31st May, bringing our overall funds to £6382.16. Since then we have paid £375 for Saving Cemeteries, £174 in Secretary’s expenses, and I am still waiting for our membership fee for ASCE to be banked. If these had been included our surplus would have been nearer £400.

Carol Stevenson

Details


NATIONAL FEDERATION OF CEMETERY FRIENDS









TOTAL SUBSCRIPTIONS RECEIVED 2013 - 2014



1250.00











OTHER INCOME 2013 - 2014








SALES OF LEAFLETS & BOOKS





112.00



FMG FEES





0.00



BANK INTEREST





0.00



TOTAL OTHER INCOME 2013 - 2014




112.00











EXPENDITURE 2013 - 2014

Travel

Postage

Print/Stat

Other

Total


Prior Year

EXPENSES – SECRETARY





0.00


76.95

EXPENSES - TREASURER


50.00

3.00


53.00


256.30

EXPENSES - NEWSLETTER


40.00

88.00


128.00


202.98

EXPENSES - WEBMASTER




10.78

10.78


21.90

EXPENSES - COMMITTEE

187.40




187.40


155.85

EXPENSES - AGM




105.00

105.00


86.90

MEMBERSHIP ASCE





0.00


41.21

TOTAL EXPENDITURE 2013 - 2014




484.18


842.09









BALANCE SHEET AS AT 30 MAY 2014






5504.30

BALANCE BROUGHT FORWARD FROM 2012-2013


5504.30


4900.80

INCOME - SUBSCRIPTIONS





1250.00


1310.00

INCOME - OTHER





112.00


135.59

EXPENDITURE





-484.14


-842.09

NET MOVEMENT





877.86


603.50

BALANCE CARRIED FORWARD TO 2014-2015



6382.16


5504.30









REPRESENTED BY :
















BANK ACCOUNT





6382.16


5504.30

CASH IN HAND





6382.16


5504.30






















Members 2014

ASCENSION BURIAL GROUND – CAMBRIDGE

£20.00


BECKETT STREET – LEEDS

£20.00


BEDFORD

£20.00


BELGRAVE – LEICESTER

£20.00


BROADWATER AND WORTHING

£20.00


BROCKLEY & LADYWELL – LONDON

£20.00


BROMPTON – LONDON

£20.00


BROOKWOOD (2013 &2014)

£40.00

rejoiner

BUCKINGHAM

£10.00


CATHAYS – CARDIFF

£20.00


CEMETERY WATCH – SURBITON

£10.00


DARWEN – LANCASHIRE

£10.00


DEANE ROAD – LIVERPOOL

£10.00


DEARNE MEMORIAL GROUP (THURNSCOE CEMETERY) - BARNSLEY

£10.00


EARLHAM

£10.00

new

FLAYBRICK – BIRKENHEAD

£20.00


FORD PARK CEMETERY – PLYMOUTH

£20.00


GLASGOW

£20.00


GREAT YARMOUTH CEMETERIES

£10.00


HAMPSTEAD  - LONDON

£10.00


HARDWICK ROAD - KINGS LYNN

£10.00


HIGHGATE – LONDON

£20.00


HIGHLAND ROAD – SOUTHSEA

£10.00


HISTON ROAD – CAMBRIDGE

£20.00


HOUGHTON HILLSIDE - HOUGHTON LE SPRING

£20.00


JENNER GARDENS – CHELTENHAM

£10.00


JESMOND OLD – NEWCASTLE

£10.00


KENSAL GREEN – LONDON

£20.00


LAWNSWOOD – LEEDS

£20.00


LAYTON – BLACKPOOL

£10.00


LISTER LANE – HALIFAX

£10.00


LOFTUS

£10.00


LONDON ROAD – COVENTRY

£20.00


MARGRAVINE – LONDON

£20.00


MENDIP HOSPITAL – WELLS

£20.00


NEWARK

£10.00


NEWTOWN ROAD – NEWBURY

£10.00


NORTH – HARTLEPOOL

£10.00


NORTHWOOD – IOW

£20.00


NUNHEAD – LONDON

£60.00


OAK LANE, TWICKENHAM

£10.00


PARK - ILKESTON (2012&2013)

£10.00


PATELEY BRIDGE

£10.00


PHILIPS PARK – MANCHESTER

£10.00


RAIKES ROAD – SKIPTON

£10.00


REDCAR

£10.00


ROSARY – NORWICH

£20.00


SALFORD

£10.00


SOUTHAMPTON OLD CEMETERY

£20.00


SPITAL – CHESTERFIELD

£10.00


ST MARYS – BATH

£10.00


ST MARYS – PRESTWICH

£10.00


ST MARYS – WARRINGTON

£10.00

new

ST MATTHEWS CHURCHYARD, LIGHTFOOT

£10.00

new

STANTON ROAD – ILKESTON

£10.00


STOCKPORT

£10.00


STREATHAM – LONDON

£10.00


SURREY

£10.00


THONTREE – MIDDLESBROUGH

£10.00


TOWER HAMLETS – LONDON

£20.00


WARRISTON CEMETERY - EDINBURGH

£10.00

WELFORD ROAD – LEICESTER

£20.00


WEMBDON ROAD – BRIDGWATER

£10.00


WEST NORWOOD – LONDON

£20.00


WOMBWELL – BARNSLEY

£10.00


WOODBURY PARK - TUNBRIDGE WELLS

£20.00


WOODGRANGE PARK – LONDON

£20.00


YORK

£20.00


ARNOS VALE TRUST – BRISTOL

£20.00

FORD PARK CEMETERY TRUST – PLYMOUTH

£20.00

GENERAL CEMETERY – SHEFFIELD

£20.00

MARGATE CEMETERY TRUST

£20.00

DORKING

£20.00

LETTERING & COMMEMORATIVE ARTS TRUST

£20.00


BARRY JOHN KING

£10.00


EMER & GEOFFREY SEAMARK

£10.00


HISTORIC CEMETERIES CONSERVATION TRUST - NEW ZEALAND

£10.00


JOHN AVERY HERITAGE

£10.00


MALVERN CIVIC SOCIETY

£10.00

new

MATTHEW PRIDHAM

£10.00


MAUSOLEA & MONUMENTS TRUST

£10.00


MILTON ROAD WESTON SUPER MARE

£10.00

new

RECORDING ANGELS – MIDLOTHIAN

£10.00


RYDE SOCIAL HISTORY GROUP – IOW

£10.00








TOTAL SUBSCRIPTIONS RECEIVED 2013 - 2014

1250.00





Members resigned or  who have not yet renewed



ABNEY PARK - LONDON

BRANDWOOD END - BIRMINGHAM

FAVOURITE WALK MEMORIALS



KEY HILL & WARSTONE LANE - BIRMINGHAM



FRANK LAWER



MILL ROAD - CAMBRIDGE



ST MICHAELS CHURCHYARD - CARLISLE

UNDERCLIFFE - BRADFORD



 

 


 
December 2013

On Saturday 2nd November Friends of Stockport Cemeteries had a planting event in the Woodland Burial Section at Highfield Cemetery.

We planted 44 saplings and over 500 bulbs that had been donated by local companies and the council to enhance the woodland section of Highfield Cemetery.

On visiting the site on Monday it was discovered that over 22 saplings had been taken.

This was reported to the police and an appeal was put in the Stockport Express for help to find those responsible and also if anyone could help the group by donating more saplings to replace those that had been stolen.

1st/4th Reddish Scouts came to the rescue they donated and planted 22 saplings on Sunday 2nd December 2013.

FOSC would like to take this opportunity to thank Sean and Jack from 1st/4th 

Reddish Scouts and also those who generously donated bulbs. Donations came from Wyevale, Lane Publishing, Nottcutts- Woodford, and Thompson & Morgan

 

December 2013

Friends of Stockport Cemeteries have received a Heritage Lottery Fund grant for £39,800. for an exciting project The Angel in Willow Grove Restoration Project at Willow Grove Cemetery in South Reddish. Stockport.

There are around 35.000 burials within this cemetery, the first in 1877. This project is about reinstating a monument, transporting everyone back in time uncovering more about the past and leaving a legacy for future generations.

Sheila Robin’s secretary of the friends group and project manager comments “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund as this site offers an insight to the character of an area of great importance in terms of local history”

 The project will be led by members of Friends of Stockport Cemeteries who will be helped by many volunteers from the local organisations, schools and the community.

For further information please contact Sheila Robins 0161 439 5963 or email sheilarobins2000@yahoo.co.uk

Since 2004 Friends of Stockport Cemeteries have worked closely with Stockport Council to bring about effective long lasting improvements to cemeteries within Stockport. The group liaises on a regular basis with the Cemetery Service and plays active role in determining the services future plans. For more information visit our web site www.friendsofstockportcemeteries.co.uk

About Heritage Lottery Fund

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. For museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported almost 35.000 projects with more than £5.3b across the UK www.hlf.org.uk


November 2013
Friends of Philips Park Cemetery
On Remembrance Sunday, the Revd Leonard Young, Parish Priest of St Cross Clayton dedicated a memorial plaque in memory of four fire-fighters whose lives were taken during service.

Thanks to the efforts of the Friends of Philips Park Cemetery, and the generosity of Manchester City Council, a permanent memorial now stands alongside the war veterans memorial stones. It commemorates:

John Curley, who died when fire broke out in a textile warehouse in Meal Street, just off Piccadilly in the city centre;

Richard Sykes, who fell from a horse-drawn fire engine in Chorlton-on-Medlock while responding to a fire;

Charles Pimblett, a part-time Auxiliary Fireman in the Second World War, who died alongside his wife during an air raid over Ardwick;

Samuel Astle, who was a member of the wartime National Fire Service, and died following a training incident in Crumpsall.

Fr Leonard said, "It is a great honour to be invited each year to conduct the act of remembrance, but especially this year to dedicate this memorial in honour of such brave young men."


 
November 2013
 

26th November 2013

NFCF  LOGO COMPETITION: Guidance on designing the logo for

The National Federation of Cemetery Friends (NFCF)

Who or what  we are and what we do:

The National Federation of Cemetery Friends was set up in 1986 ‘to promote the understanding and appreciation of cemeteries and actively to encourage their preservation and conservation’ as well as ‘to provide mutual help and support and the regular exchange of ideas, information and advice.  It now links over 80 groups and is a national voice representing cemetery friends’concerns.

You may wish to weave in other sympathetic elements that you think are key to our work.

Bear in mind this will be used for the website and publications but will reduce to a smaller scale for the letterhead. Each entrant is limited to three submissions.

Good luck!

 



May 2013

World War 1 Memorial reinstated at Nunhead Cemetery

Carol Stevenson, Friends of Nunhead Cemetery, SE London

The fourth of November 2012 saw well over 150 people attend the rededication of Nunhead Cemetery’s reinstated World War 1 Memorial. The memorial in Square 89 of Nunhead Cemetery, marks the burial place of 265 British service men (and one Belgian), most of whom had been evacuated from the fighting in France and Belgium to South London hospitals but had died of their wounds.

The original monument had a magnificent Cross of Sacrifice and all the men’s names inscribed on plaques on the screen wall. During the 1970s the monument suffered repeated vandalism and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission removed it, replacing it with a tri-part memorial wall by the Limesford Road end of the cemetery. All that was left at the soldiers’ burial place was an anonymous earth bank.

A campaign by the Friends of Nunhead Cemetery and by a vociferous individual led to the decision by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to replace the memorial. The screen wall has been reinstated and bears a simple inscription, although the decision was taken not to move the casualties’ names back from the South Gate memorial. Lines of Himalayan Birches, their white trunks reminiscent of lines of headstones, have been planted on the top of the bank, with the rear and side boundaries marked by ivy hedges. This restoration project was the most

expensive undertaken by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in peacetime, at £85,000.

The rededication service was a magnificent event, with senior military representatives from all the services (including some Commonwealth), a cadet band, Royal British Legion and several Chelsea pensioners, as well as politicians, family members, cemetery friends, press and well-wishers. A piper led the procession up the Main Avenue to the Anglican chapel for a service and speeches from Southwark Mayor Althea Smith, Jeff Hart for the Friends of Nunhead Cemetery and Simon Hughes MP. They then moved round to the World War 1 Memorial where the rededication was led by Deputy Chaplain General Rev Dr David Coulter QHC, followed by the laying of more than 60 wreaths.

The Friends of Nunhead Cemetery then served hot drinks, cakes and biscuits. Although the rain held off for the actual rededication, it was a very cold day and the refreshments were clearly very welcome! The Friends of Nunhead Cemetery would like to thank everybody who made this restoration possible. 

Broadwater and Worthing Cemetery celebrates its 150th Anniversary

[1863-2013]

John Vaughan, Friends of Broadwater and Worthing Cemetery

There will be celebrations at Broadwater and Worthing Cemetery on Saturday 11th May 2013. As a result of local churchyards in the Worthing area becoming full in the early 1860s a new public cemetery was planned on glebe land owned by the local clergy, which was acquired in 1861 by a newly constituted Burials Board. The total cost including the construction of twin chapels was £2,200. The first two burials took place in May 1863, 150 years ago. The cemetery was extended in 1884 and again in 1906. There are approximately 25,000 graves within the cemetery, which although nearly full by the end of the 1920s remains in use today, mainly for burials in long established family graves.

In 2008, against a background of limited maintenance, vandalism and crumbling infrastructure, the Friends of Broadwater and Worthing Cemetery was formed, which has now grown to 90 members. They have since transformed the cemetery. To celebrate the 150th anniversary the Friends have organised this special Open Day on Saturday 11th May starting at 10.00 hours. Cemetery tours will be conducted at 11.00 and 14.00; there will be various stalls, plot location assistance, cemetery friends publications on sale and a tree planting dedication at 10.30. Refreshments and other 'facilities' will be available. The Salvation Army Band will be playing and hopefully a horse-drawn hearse will attend. Please come along and support us. Everybody is welcome, admission is free at the South Farm Road entrance at the South Farm in Worthing (see FBWC website: www.fbwc.co.uk).
 
   

West Norwood Cemetery to repeat ‘Curious’ art trail

Colin Fenn reports that the hugely successful ‘Curious’ art trail will be repeated this summer at West Norwood Cemetery, SE London. Two dozen artists are creating pieces to be placed across the cemetery, reflecting the biographies and stories attached to this historic site. This event is free and will open on the 22nd June for five weeks. 


Caring for God’s Acre starts national plan in Wales

Following the grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to the Hereford-based charity Caring for God’s Acre to extend its churchyard work nationally, they have been busy recruiting staff, changing address and website and preparing their programme.

They plan 15 conferences across England and Wales over the four years, and these will be followed by skills training and case studies. They are also running a telephone helpline on Mondays, are rewriting their Action Pack and planning an education pack.

The first conference - The Beautiful Burial Ground: Simple ways to create a haven for wildlife, for heritage, for people – will take place on Tuesday, 23rd April at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire, and Tuesday, 21st May at Snowdonia National Park Centre. The fee is £10 including lunch and refreshments (see website).

As the NFCF was a Supporting Organisation for the HLF bid it hopes to give all help possible to the project. Caring for God’s Acre offer articles for newsletters and would be pleased for members to attend conferences, send displays or work together in any way.

Caring for God’s Acre, 11 Drover House, The Auction Yard, Craven Arms, Shropshire SY7 9BZ.

Tel: 01588 673041

[email protected]

www.caringforgodsacre.org


Heritage crime and security in cemeteries

The NFCF’s seminar on heritage crime and security in cemeteries announced in the autumn 2012 Newsletter has been postponed. It is anticipated that this will take place in October or November 2013. Please contact the NFCF secretary ([email protected]) for further details. 


Crime Stoppers launches rural campaign in Sussex

The first Crimestoppers campaign to focus on the historic environment was launched in Haywards Heath in March when the chairman of the West Sussex group the Friends of Broadwater and Worthing Cemetery, Debra Hillman, also represented the NFCF.

There were presentations from the Sussex Crimestoppers, the National Farmers Union, English Heritage’s ARCH and the Sussex Police on the types and extent of rural crime and how it affects the various communities and the importance of reporting incidents even when they seem minor. 


NFCF introduces newsletter exchange between members

The Sheffield General Cemetery Trust asked the NFCF if they could distribute their newsletter to all our members and after looking in to the pros and cons we are now introducing an entirely voluntary exchange scheme.

A group wishing to distribute to other members sends a sample copy to the NFCF secretary who forwards it to those with email addresses. Those wishing to receive it send their address to the distributing group. Those not wishing to receive it do nothing. The distributing group keeps the list on the strict understanding this is used for their newsletter only, is not passed on to anyone and that the opportunity to unsubscribe is always available.

This is an opportunity to read about other people’s events, fund raising efforts and practical work which may be of use to you. If you have not already sent your newsletter and would like to, please contact [email protected]

War memorials online

The War Memorials Trust has launched the website War Memorials Online, a project they have developed with a grant from English Heritage. It aims to bring together for the first time information on the UK’s war memorials. The public is invited to upload images and log concerns over conservation of war memorials and they hope it will be an important tool in involving greater public engagement.

http:// www.warmemorialsonline.org 


Adopt a war grave

Following the item in the autumn newsletter Peter Shields adds his contribution I adopted the War Graves in Thurnscoe Cemetery, Barnsley, in 2003 also in Bolton-on-Dearne Cemetery. I had all the war graves renovated with block paving and white chippings around the base; this protects the headstone from grass cutting machines and can be kept clean and tidy. Wombwell Cemetery, Darton and Elsecar Cemeteries have been done the same way by volunteers. This work has been accepted by the CWGC, but the paving blocks must be set at grass height to prevent tripping. 


Graveyards officer for Edinburgh

Edinburgh World Heritage is appointing a graveyards officer on a two-year part time basis. The officer will address recommendations of a recent report pointing out the poor state of some of Edinburgh’s graveyards, including the Old and New Calton Burial Grounds. The post is funded by English World Heritage and the Pilgrim Trust. 

Parks for People grants for cemeteries: a reminder

The NFCF Chairman attended a meeting in London earlier this year where the Heritage Lottery Fund were encouraging cemeteries to apply for grants in their revised Parks for People scheme. Full details and application form on their website

www.hlf.org.uk/HowToApply/programmes/

The next closing date for applications is 31st August 2013 for a decision in December. 


HLF launches Sharing Heritage

Following the success of last year’s one off HLF grant scheme ‘All Our Stories’ (which was four times oversubscribed), the HLF have launched a new funding programme ‘Sharing Heritage’. With a commitment from the HLF of £3m each year, grants between £3,000 and £10,000 will be available to help groups across the UK with projects to explore, conserve and share all aspects of the history and character of their local area. This is rolling programme which means you can apply anytime.

For further information and how to apply:

http://www.hlf.org.uk/news/Pages/


Rare spiders find homes in historic cemeteries

A rare species of orb weaver spider was discovered in Highgate Cemetery’s Egyptian Avenue during a Wildlife Trust survey. Meta bourneti, commonly known as the cave spider, is over 30mm and it is thought there could be nearly 100. Although found elsewhere this is the first record of the species in London. Glasgow Metropolis, however, with the discovery last year of a rare form of the black widow spider –Rugathodes sexpunctatu– were told it was the first in Britain. Mainly found in North America it was seen among the ivy and, despite its common name, is perfectly harmless


Planning decision in favour of Bunhill Fields

In the winter edition of Mausolus, the newsletter of the Mausolea and Monuments Trust (MMT), a contributor draws attention to a significant appeal decision on heritage affecting the historic Bunhill Fields Burial Ground. This first decision under the new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) concerned an appeal lodged by Southern Housing Group against the refusal by the London Borough of Islington, the site owners, to allow a proposed development adjacent to the burial ground. The development included a five- and seven-storey building and three-storey houses which Islington argued the height and the closeness would result in an overbearing sense of enclosure and detract from the burial ground’s openness and intimacy. The NPPF agreed: Inspector Christine Thorby concluding that the development would threaten the sense of seclusion and tranquillity; heritage assets made a considerable contribution to society and in this case the proposed benefits would not outweigh the harm.

For MMT news see their impressive new website which features a gazetteer of 460 entries, many with full details, photographs and location maps: www.mmtrust.org.uk


Brief report from the Burial and Cremation Advisory Group (BCAG) meeting

Geoff Seamark attended the November 2012 meeting of BCAG on behalf of the NFCF. Papers presented included English Heritage seeking clarification on the position of human remains found within offshore merchant marine wrecks, memorial safety - explanation of BSI required standards for testing gravestone anchors, Muslim burials – rites and rituals involved with Muslim bereavement, the use of green / environmental coffins and grave re-use in the City of London. A question in parliament regarding current government thinking on graver re-use (nationally) was put to Helen Grant, the Under Secretary of State, who responded by stating the situation is under review but considered adequate at present and did not warrant any change

ASCE NEWS

Reduced membership fee agreed for cemetery friends

The Association of Significant Cemeteries in Europe (ASCE) was formed in 2001 for co-operative promotion and exchange of information across the continent. Though the majority of members are owners of cemeteries the voluntary groups (a mainly UK practice) were invited to join without a fee and about 12 accepted.

Last year’s increase from zero to E50 therefore was regarded as unacceptable by most members (including the NFCF) and after consultations the UK steering committee member John Moffat (Friends of Flaybrick) was able to negotiate a more reasonable E25. This updates some of the information in the following article.

NFCF members who go to the annual conferences do so at their own expense and Emer and Geoffrey Seamark are among the regular and enthusiastic attendees. Emer Seamark has written the following report on last year’s AGM. 

Promotion theme at ASCE conference

Last year the conference and AGM of the Association of Significant Cemeteries of Europe was held in Maribor in Slovenia which was also the 2012 European Capital of Culture. On the edge of the Alps this beautiful and historic baroque centre is delightfully situated on the banks of the river Drava.

Sixty delegates attended and the theme was the promotion of cemeteries and surrounding territories.

Under the chairmanship of a newly elected president, Lidija Plibersek, it was immediately apparent that a dynamic hand is at the helm and with some new faces on the steering committee a quiet revolution is taking place; the goal is to place the organisation on a sound financial footing and to create a technologically compatible and interactive source of shared, pertinent and related material. 

The clarion call was for more members to make use of the much improved website in order to gather, store and disseminate relevant information.

There was some debate about the interpretation of the word ‘significant’ in relation to cemeteries applying for membership; at present there is no precise definition and each application is judged on its merits by the steering committee, More clarification was called for.

Progress has been made on reducing the financial debt incurred as a result of past economic naiveté, the imposition of a new fee structure should guarantee solvency in the future although it has met with resistance particularly in the UK. Assurances were given that in future all projects will be carefully monitored in order to ensure value for money.

Presentations ranged from dark tourism to concerts in chapels as means of re-establishing the cemetery as a personal and public place within the community. Particularly heartening was the school project within the host cemetery and Duzan Vrban‘s talk on technological possibilities which was both fascinating and informative; a report and all presentations from the AGM are currently available on the website and well worth looking at.

Doubts have been expressed in the UK regarding fees and also about the relevance of the ASCE to cemetery friends in the UK, but we can only speak for ourselves in stressing how important we feel membership of this association is for access to a vast pool of knowledge, experience and information and urge Friends to visit the website. 

www.significantcemeteries.org/

The 2013 AGM is being held in Westerveld, near Amsterdam, on 19th to 21st September.



February 2013

HLF Launches Sharing Heritage.

Sharing Heritage is a new funding programme to help people across the UK explore, conserve and share all aspects of the history and character of their local area. With a commitment from HLF of £3m each year, grants between £3,000 and £10,000 will now be available to groups who want to discover their local heritage.

This new programme follows the unprecedented success of last year's one-off HLF grant scheme 'All Our Stories', which ran in tandem with BBC Two's The Great British Story: A People’s History, presented by historian, Michael Wood.

Website: http://www.hlf.org.uk/news/Pages/SharingHeritage.aspx

Further information

HLF press office: Laura Bates or James Steward on 020 7591 6027 / 6056, mobile: 07973 613 820

 
 

news from the secretary
May 2013

MEMBER CHANGES

From the Secretary

Welcome to new members...

The Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust has funding to co-ordinate local organisations for a project to clear monuments and select 15 for conservation in Great Yarmouth cemeteries. One of the prime aims of the project is to support the initiation of an independent Friends of Great Yarmouth Cemeteries to work in partnership on the project then continue care and maintenance of the site on its completion. See details and the Friends newsletter on:

www.greatyarmouthpreservationtrust.org

Contact: Bridget Heriz-Smith, [email protected]

A welcome addition from the north-east is the Friends of Loftus Cemetery, Saltburn-on-Sea. They are looking after the five-acre site owned by Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council.

Contact: Marshall Best, [email protected]

There is renewed activity in Edinburgh as concern over the poor state of Warriston Cemetery has brought together interested individuals, including genealogist/researcher Caroline Gerrard and American photographer Robert Reinhardt to set the wheels in motion. Edinburgh City Council has agreed to give its support and Caroline has joined as an associate member while seeking enough members to set up a cemetery friends group by the summer and start practical work in the cemetery.

Contact: [email protected]

At the other end of the UK, three Jersey residents, impressed by the NFCF website, are looking for ways to promote Channel Island cemeteries. Anna Baghiani writes ‘We are all from Jersey and admire the work of the Federation very much, so much so, we plan to be more involved, and a publication called "Who's buried where in Jersey" is something we plan to write.’ Meanwhile they have joined as associate members as the Jersey Cemeteries Group.

Contact: [email protected] 

...and a sad goodbye to the old

Without support from the local authority a group can eventually see no path for their future. This is the unfortunate case with the Friends of Masbrough Chapel and Walker Mausoleum, Rotherham, who have struggled for 10 years without co-operation from the local council. The group was formed by the council with the intention of using their name to bid for funding to secure the future of the site but Friend Eileen Hyland says ‘when it became clear this was not going to happen we became a thorn in their sides.’ She sets out a catalogue of their thwarted attempts to improve and maintain the site in a press release (available from [email protected] or [email protected]). ‘The final straw was selling the site for £25,000 at an auction and then allowing the owner to neglect it until a fire badly damaged the chapel last year.’ The group have taken the reluctant decision to disband.

The same decision has been taken by the Friends of Hebron Burial Ground, Bedminster, Bristol, but for happier reasons in that they feel they have achieved their goals. Mike Meechem writes:

‘The winding up follows 10 years of successful campaigning to save the site from development, and the rebuilding of the surrounding walls on Hebron Road and Melville Terrace along with the provision of a gate giving access from Melville Terrace. The members also agreed that the remaining funds of approximately £1,000 be given to Bristol City Council (now the owner) to provide and fix two benches in the burial ground with a small plaque on each stating that they were donated by the Friends.’

The enormous success of their campaigning to save and restore another Bristol cemetery could also be said to have led to the decision of the Friends of Arnos Vale Cemetery to wind up that group and restructure within the Arnos Vale Trust. A new Friends Working Group has been formed who will work closely with the Trust’s chief executive Juliette Randall, maintaining the Friends membership database which will now include all volunteers at the cemetery, fundraising for specific Friends cemetery projects and controlling the Friends Fund. The decision was made following a ballot in which an overwhelming majority who responded were in favour.

 
March 2013 
 

Another misleading letter in national newspaper corrected by member

Cemetery Friends who read the Daily Telegraph (5 Feb)  would have been  surprised and shocked to learn that a reader from West Sussex  suggested that shabby, neglected tombstones to unknown people should be cleared for the benefit of the living. ‘Should we not follow the example of other European countries by setting a time limit on new graves and making a start on clearing the most derelict areas?’

However, John Vaughan, chairman of Friends of Broadwater and Worthing Cemetery rushed to our defence and the following  letter was published on Feb 11:

‘John Budleigh may not be aware that there is a National Federation of Cemetery Friends which includes 90 local cemetery organisations.  We maintain cemeteries, organise tours, record memorials, increase local awareness, encourage genealogy, look after wildlife and a lot more.

It will be a sad day when society has no respect for its departed ancestors, whether or not they have surviving relatives.    Such places are also perfect for quiet, peaceful contemplation in this frenetic world.’

Many thanks to John for taking the opportunity to spread our gospel.  Ironically the letter was illustrated with a picture of the wonderful Glasgow Necropolis.

Probably Mr Budleigh isn’t aware that there actually  is a proposal to reuse old graves in certain selected areas,  without affecting our historic cemeteries  but the government continually hesitates to air what they regard as a controversial topic.


International Conference on Cemetery Conservation: Niagara Falls, NY, October 8-10 2013

The Louisiana- based National Centre for Preservation Technology is inviting presentations and posters on all aspects of cemetery preservation and conservation (student submissions welcome).  Abstracts  to be in by May 5.

Full details on NCPTTwebsite:
<URL:http://ncptt.nps.gov/call-for-presentations-international-cemetery-preservation-summit/>



August 2012 Letter to The Times [published 11th August 2012]
Our chairman Arthur Tait [also chairman of Friends of Brompton Cemetery wrote to the editor of The Times

PANKHURST’S GRAVE

Sir,  Your readers may be assured that the Grade 2 listed Pankhurst memorial at Brompton Cemetery is neither neglected nor at risk. It is  structurally sound, and we have had expert advice not to try to restore the limited erosion which has occurred. It is tended by the Royal Parks and by volunteers.

However there is justified concern about the care of cemeteries and their memorials. Few authorities give them adequate support. Nor is there much respect for their place in the landscape, as the decision to build high-density housing directly overshadowing Brompton Cemetery shows.

Most monuments are the responsibility of the heirs-at-law, and we  applaud a family or organisation showing care. Special fund-raising can help, as recommended by Lord Lexden (August 8). Also anyone can support their local cemetery’s volunteers, many of whom are members of the National Federation of Cemetery Friends (NFCF).

ARTHUR TAIT

Chairman, National Federation of Cemetery Friends.


 

news from members

Brompton Cemetery, London [May 2013]

The memorial of the Polish Chess Grandmaster, Johannes Herman Zukertort (1842–1888) was rededicated on the 26th June 2012. The original stone marking the grave of this nineteenth century chess professional remained hidden beneath the grass for many years until uncovered by former British Chess Champion, Stuart Conquest in 2011.

Recent Grade II listings include the Golding family Mausoleum built in a Neoclassical / Early Christian style from Portland stone, the classical aedicule (temple or box-like structure) also in Portland stone marking the Fitch family vault and the two-metre high column of grey granite with a Carrara marble inset erected above the grave of auctioneer, antiquary and author, Samuel Sotheby. 

Glasgow Necropolis [May 2013]

The Friends have launched Phase I of their Public Appeal to raise funds for the restoration of the Monteath Mausoleum. The target is to have reached £20,000 by September 2014 followed by Phase II to have reached £40,000 by September 2015. This will enable restoration work to be commenced on the Mausoleum, the full cost of which is estimated at £80,000. 

Houghton Hillside Cemetery, Co Durham [May 2013]

The Friends are now being assisted in the security of the cemetery by regular security patrols undertaken by Secure Risks. This will hopefully reduce the amount of vandalism etc.

2013 marks the 10th Anniversary of the group which will be celebrated with an Open Day in June. 

Hyde Park Cemetery, Doncaster [May 2013]

With funding kindly provided by Wilkinson Stores, the Friends have purchased three new notice cases which have been installed next to the cemetery entrances.

With funding kindly provided by Wilkinson Stores, the Friends have purchased three new notice cases which have been installed next to the cemetery entrances.

Park Cemetery, Ilkeston [May 2013]

During an Open Day on the 23rd March, planned originally to showcase the new daffodil beds in front of the cemetery chapels (planted up by local schoolchildren last autumn), the restored cemetery 'Closing Time' clock was unveiled. A well known feature of the cemetery, the clock was removed some years ago due to its unsafe condition. The restoration was supported by a generous donation from family and friends of June and Danny Shiels, who are buried in the cemetery. Family members came along to see the unveiling and were sincerely thanked by Friends Chairman Paul Miller for donating the money towards the clock's restoration 

Raikes Road Burial Ground, Skipton [May 2013]

The Friends have been awarded a grant of £1,100 from the Craven District Council Localism Fund which is a start on the sum of £10,000 they want to raise to carry out the work of tidying the Ground, making the stones safe, tree work, as well as putting a path in, providing interpretative boards and undertaking archaeological work on the sites of the old Chapel and Mortuary. 

Sheffield General Cemetery Trust (SGCT) [May 2013]

A Project Development team comprising members from SGCT and the South Yorkshire Buildings Preservation Trust with support from a member of Sheffield City Council have finalised an application to the Architectural Heritage Fund’s ‘Challenge Fund’ for a grant to repair and fit out the Grade II* listed Non Conformist Chapel. 

Surrey Cemeteries [May 2013]

Following the completion of their site visits and research last year in Surrey cemeteries, the notes have been edited into publishable form. Cemetery maps have been scanned into Word documents to give visitors and other researchers a clearer picture of each cemetery. This gazetteer will be donated to the Surrey History Centre with copies sent to the West Sussex and East Sussex Family History Societies.

Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, London [May 2013]

On Saturday, 6th October, The Friends held a day of nature-led activities in the cemetery park to celebrate winning a Green Flag Community Award. The highlight of the day was the raising of the flag by the Mayor of Tower Hamlets. The award which was given earlier in July is a national standard in the UK and is a mark of excellence in the quality of provision for parks and open spaces. The Friends received one of the highest scores of 75 -79. 

West Norwood, London [May 2013]

The Friends are working with Lambeth Council on preparing an HLF bid and have supplied a list of repairs and renovations, including the Anglican catacombs and construction of a new water-tight building above them. Lambeth officer changes have put other matters in abeyance. 

Woodgrange Park, London [May 2013]

Progress is slower than hoped on improvements to the cemetery agreed by the Trust 15 months ago, but the Friends are pleased to report that two additional soak-ways have been created, the gates have been upgraded, the flat above the office is now let, lighting installed around the car park area and the CCTV covers the gate area. 

York Cemetery [May 2013]

The restoration of the Grade II* listed Chapel has benefited from the installation of under floor heating which will be maintained at a constant low temperature all year round to help protect the fabric of the building as well as making it quickly comfortable for use for chapel events. The under floor heating also complements the beautiful marble and granite flooring of the Chapel. 


Belgrave Cemetery LEICESTER [June 2012]
report from Dorothy Marshall

Dedication Service 17th June 2012. The Dedication Service for the Quiet Corner was conducted by The Rev’d Pam Haynes. Tribute was paid to late member Mavis Green whose legacy made this possible.

A Robinia-Frisia tree was planted to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

 Sir Peter Soulsby. City Mayor of Leicester unveiled a plaque which acknowledged the support of Leicester City Council.

Other activities on the day included a guided walk by a group member dressed in Victorian period costume as Elizabeth Goodwin late Head teacher of Belgrave Elementary School 1895-1921 who shared her life story along with a few stories of her neighbours laid to rest in Belgrave Cemetery. Other members manned stalls selling refreshments, cakes, books and plants. Cemetery records were also available for those wanting to locate grave plots.

Dorothy Marshall and the Deputy Chair welcoming the Mayor to the eventMember Sandra in Victorian style dress


WEST NORWOOD London [Spring 2012 Newsletter]
Repairs at West Norwood
Following the theft of metal (reported in Newsletter 28) the railings of
the cemetery have been repaired. The Friends now have permission
to carry out monument repairs, and the John Hughes memorial has
been restored. The adjacent Cypka Ptashinsky Hughes headstone
was also tidied up, and further restorations are planned. The World
Monument Fund have been approached and have expressed an
interest in helping with the repairs to the Greek Necropolis.
A tree blew over near the new memorial garden damaging an
original memorial. There are still concerns over the state of the
roadway, but the cemetery railings have now been repaired.
On 26th November the Greek chapel was the setting for a play to
commemorate the 75th anniversary of the burning down of the
Crystal Palace

Nunhead Cemetery News [Spring 2012 Newsletter]
Nunhead Cemetery has been awarded a Blue Plaque ‘voted by the
people’. To avoid damaging the listed wall piers, this has been
mounted on an existing brick structure close to the railings in the
East Lodge grounds.
A Woodlands Wonders exhibition in September included the
publication of a Tree Trail leaflet and there are plans to train a
number of new guides. Another treat for visitors at special events is
the installation of low level lighting in the crypt.
A list of activities for 2012 shows that it will be a very busy year for
cemetery activities, with a number of specialist tours and an Olympic
themed exhibition. Groups other than the Friends are also
increasingly showing an interest in using the cemetery as a venue,
with an outdoor film screening taking place for a second year.
Several hundred people turned up to see a free showing of The
Ladykillers on a dark but dry September evening.
In August the 100th anniversary of the death of the Walworth Scouts
will be marked, and there are hopes that the site marking those
killed in the First World War will be restored in time for a
Remembrance Day opening.

Margravine Cemetery  West London [Spring 2012 Newsletter]
Broad Monument restored
Margravine Cemetery, West London suffered an attack by vandals
on one of its three listed monuments during the summer. The two meter
high bronze monument to George Broad was pushed over
and there were concerns that it would be taken by metal thieves.
George Broad was the owner of the Hammersmith foundry which
cast the statue of Eros in Piccadilly Circus, and his monument was
designed by Aristide Fabbrucci.
Funeral directors and monumental masons JH Kenyon generously
funded the restoration of the monument to its plinth, where it has
been securely bolted to prevent further attacks.



BROMPTON CEMETERY London

Friends of Brompton Cemetery  Spring 2012 newsletter

As further evidence of Brompton Cemetery’s increased standing, English Heritage have recently followed their registering of the Site as Grade I by upgrading the Frederick Leyland Memorial from Grade II  to Grade II* and awarding Grade II status to twenty one other memorials.

LISTING OF MEMORIALS IN BROMPTON CEMETERY

Tremendous research work by Robert Stephenson enabled us to recommend to English Heritage that one hundred of the memorials in the Cemetery should be Listed. As a result a further twenty one memorials have been added to the seven in the Cemetery already Listed Grade II.  Also one of the existing seven, the Frederick Leyland memorial, was upgraded from Grade II to Grade II*.

The seven memorials already Listed Grade II are  --

George Godwin, architect and property developer

Frederick Leyland -- now upgraded to II*, ship owner and art patron

The Brigade of Guards

John ‘Gentleman’ Jackson, prize fighter and wood engraver

Emmeline Pankhurst, Suffragette

Valentine Prinsep, architect and painter

Reginald Warneford, VC, air pilot

The newly Listed Grade II memorials are –

Emily Adney Bond,  tall draped stone sarcophagus

Joseph Bonomi,  Egyptologist and Curator of Sir John Soane’s Museum

Peter Borthwick and Family,  MP, newspaper editor

Brass Family, tall Free Classical headstone sculpted by A. Stanley Young

Burnside Monument, Allan and Iris, grandchildren of founder of Eatons,  large Canadian chain of department stores

Chelsea Pensioners Monument

The Clement Family, a handsome Gothic Revival Tomb of the 1850’s

Robert Coombes, waterman and champion sculler

Herbert Fitch, Printing company founder and Master of the Worshipful Company of Stationers.

Benjamin Golding, physician, teacher of medicine, and Founder of the Charing Cross Hospital

Percy Lambert, motor racing pioneer

Harvey Lewis, MP

James McDonald, Chairman Anglo-American Oil Company

Blanche Roosevelt Macchetta, USA literary figure, biographer, opera singer

Alfred Mellon, musician, composer, conductor

Colonel William Meyrick, impressive Neo-Classical mausoleum

Elizabeth Moffat, a high quality Neo-Classical chest tomb

Philip Nowell, builder, including Brompton Cemetery buildings

Henry Pettit, playwright

Barbe Maria Theresa Sangiorgi, wife of Giovanni Sangiorgi, hotel keeper 

Samuel Leigh Sotheby, antiquary, printing history authority, author and auctioneer

 

FORD PARK CEMETERY TRUST Plymouth

Community Research Awards

On the evening of 22 March 2012 at Plymouth University Ford Park Cemetery Trust was awarded one of the six awards on offer. The award recognises Ford Park's work in field of research and in providing a green space for the people of Plymouth to enjoy be they interested in family history, ornithology, botany or just enjoying a quiet walk in peaceful surroundings.

BRANDWOOD END CEMETERY Birmingham 

WELCOME NEWS FOR BRANDWOOD END CEMETERY

The Friends of Brandwood End Cemetery are delighted to announce that following close liaison with Councillor Timothy Huxtable, Cabinet Member, for Transport, Environment and Regeneration, and Birmingham City Council Bereavement Service Officers, conservation planning has been granted for enabling works to be undertaken on the Victorian twin terracotta Grade II listed Chapels in order to improve security.

In addition, the Superintendent’s Lodge (Grade ll listed by association with the chapels), which was rendered uninhabitable by flooding in December 2010, is to be refurbished by Birmingham City Council. Amongst other uses, consideration is being given to the Lodge eventually becoming a Visitors’ Centre and for local community group use.  The works include the provision of a garden area and refurbishment of the existing toilet block.

The enabling works have begun on the Chapels and work will commence on the Lodge very shortly.

The Friends have been working in close co-operation with Birmingham City Council since 2005 and have achieved many improvements to the cemetery in general.  Combined efforts towards the repair and restoration of the Chapels will be ongoing.

Anyone interested in supporting the Friends in their endeavours can obtain information from their website www.fbec.org.co.uk by e-mailing friendsofbec@gmail.com  or by writing to FBEC, c/o The Lakeside Centre, 180 Lifford Lane, Kings Norton, Birmingham, B30 3NU



HIGHGATE 13 February 2012

Our chairman has received the sad news from the Highgate Cemetery Trust of the death of their former chairman, Jean Pateman MBE. Jean has been a stalwart of the cemetery friends movement for many years, being a founder of the Highgate Friends Highgate Cemetery Friends, probably the first for cemeteries, and so became adviser to many potential groups.

news from members 
TUNBRIDGE WELLS  see new video of cemetery

FRIENDS OF YORK CEMETERY
November 2011
So, you’d like to spend a couple of hours of
peace and quiet in beautiful surroundings,
doing something really worthwhile? Well you
can because the Cemetery needs Weekend
Wardens.
Wardens keep an eye on the Cemetery
when the office is closed and help visitors
with enquiries. You can warden alone or in
pairs, for a 2 hour slot, on a Saturday or a
Sunday.
The Cemetery will ensure that you are
trained for the role and provide the
equipment that you need.
Some Wardens “garden while they warden”,
some “litterpick”, others just enjoy their time
strolling around the peaceful, beautiful
surroundings of the Cemetery.
For more information please email
phone the Cemetery office on 01904
610578.
Penny Coupland
 
It’s been a busy year for events at York
Cemetery. From guided walks to music events,
their popularity is enduring.
Despite the poor summer weather, Year 10
drama pupils from Fulford School turned out
for their living history performances in which
the lives of some of the Cemetery’s
inhabitants are re-enacted. A new teacher,
Lucy de Gayle, led the pupils this year. Those
in attendance thoroughly enjoyed the event as
ever.
 
EVENTS NEWS
Besides this and the usual programme of
events there’s been plenty happening for
Friends in the Chapel. Hugh Murray,
Genealogy Volunteer and Historian, gave a
very interesting presentation about the
history of the Cemetery. A local history
book by Avril Appleton was launched, and
the Cemetery party took place in October
instead of the usual Christmas time. At
many of these events, guests have been
privileged to feast mightily upon
exceptional food prepared by Mr and Mrs
Penso. Look out for further unscheduled
event

FRIENDS OF YORK CEMETERY NEWSLETTER
November 2011

FRIENDS OF GLASGOW NECROPOLIS
July 2011
 
GOOD NEWS AT LAST - There is a Conservation
Plan in place for the Necropolis approved by
Historic Scotland and we can look forward to
being able to take some of our projects forward.
 
The first, which is going for Planning
and Listed Building Permission, is the
Buchanan Mausoleum. THE BUCHANAN
APPEAL - we have already raised £6k from
donations for our volunteers guides taking
Tours and the Chair, Nigel Willis, giving
PowerPoint® Presentations and we plan another
Open Day on 28 August. The current estimate
for the full restoration of this monument
is £46,000. All donations from this years
tours will go towards this restoration and all
donations over £100 will receive a special
Guardian Angel Certificate.
 

 
FRIENDS OF SOUTHAMPTON OLD CEMETERY
August 2011
The Friends are very grateful for the donation of tools from Bulldog Tools Company.
These tools will make a considerable difference to our conservation work in the Old Cemetery.
Special thanks to Mr Fred Foot Marketing Manager.

 
 
FRIENDS OF WEST NORWOOD CEMETERY
September 2011 Chairman Bob Flanagan reports

It has been a busy 4 months. Firstly there is no end in
sight to the impasse over the capital grant, the powers
that be within Lambeth not having met with the Chair of
the Scheme of Management Committee, Nicholas Long,
to discuss the situation. Meanwhile the state of the block
pavement roadway leading into the cemetery continues to
deteriorate – there will be an accident here sooner or
later. The areas underneath both the Tite arch and the
outer gate are particularly dangerous.
 
The withdrawal of the capital grant delayed the much needed
repair to the railings alongside the roadway
adjacent to the library – local people have known for
years that the cemetery could be accessed at night at will.
I am pleased to report that this repair has now been
completed as an emergency task. Whether the delay to
this repair was a factor in the theft of the copper roof of
the Crematorium on 5/6 June (the thieves came back the
next day to finish the job!), or the theft of lead lettering
from many more modern memorials, we will never know.
The West Norwood Library roof was also stolen at this
time, and the thieves will certainly have seen the gap in
the railings then if they hadn’t already.
 
These and other local thefts of copper, etc. received
considerable publicity - the cemetery twice featured on
the front page of the South London Press.
 
Julian Litten suggests using ‘Smartwater’ for protecting roofs. This is
a chemical which can be painted randomly on down-pipes (used by
thieves for access) and randomly on the metal roof they would like to
steal. Its effect is that it retains the DNA of the thief and, in return,
the thief is impregnated with the chemical (which is non-toxic) and
will not come off until the skin on the hands naturally wears off and
replaces itself. It is detectable by ultra-violet light.
 
Local MP Tessa Jowell accompanied by Cllr Florence Nosegbe and
Jo Cleary, Head of Lambeth Adult Services, came to
inspect the cemetery on 24 June. They were enthusiastic
about the site, and were keen to see it better promoted.
However, the members of the party with high heels had
trouble walking on the collapsing block pavement!  

 
 

Can you help? Celia Smith  Associate Member [Lambeth Cemetery Projects & Memorials Supervisor] asks if any cemetery group in the London or Southend area is able to locate a grave.


 
Princess Alice disaster [excursion ship on a day trip which sank with large loss of life
after being rammed by another ship]
 
James Read Bilton 33yrs, Margaret Bilton 30yrs, Beatrice Bilton 2yrs

Their remains were identified by the brother-in-law at the coroners. The coroners have some records of where the majority of victims were buried but not this family. Despite placing searches with most of the likely cemeteries no trace can now be found. The family lived in Norwood so we first tried West Norwood but they are not there, also not at Lambeth, Streatham or Streatham Park. Would any of our members be able to have a look on the off chance they might be in their cemetery? Registration was at Woolwich in the Dec qtr of 1878, but they are not at Woolwich, as far as the searchers can ascertain. Be grateful for any ideas.     Please contact Celia Smith


 
 
 



 
 


 
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