Government direction to limit the spread of Covid-19 includes cancelling public gatherings and limiting social contact, which seriously affect the activities of Cemetery Friends. Many Open Days and Heritage Days were cancelled last year and Government guidelines will continue to be followed for this year. Contact your local group for their plans.

The NFCF’s National Cemeteries Week.

Once a year the National Federation of Cemetery Friends puts the spotlight on the work of voluntary groups in local cemeteries by inviting Cemetery Friends to arrange special events within the same extended ‘week’.Visitors learn how Cemetery Friends throughout the UK support the owners in keeping cemeteries tidy and safe, and also the many other aspects of their work including conserving and managing the natural features, restoring significant buildings and monuments and encouraging the appreciation of cemeteries through tours, publications and schools visits. This event will return when the Covid situation allows.

Dead Spaces to Living Places: Berkhamsted: postponed

St Peter’s are postponing the conference to a date to be announced here when known.

Please Note

Weather, health and safety concerns and other issues may cause events to be postponed or cancelled and you are advised to contact the local group to confirm any detail nearer to the event. Please note that any guidance on health and safety should be followed and in some cases the ground may be wet, muddy and/or uneven and stout footwear and suitable clothing is essential for outdoor events such as walks. Many cemeteries were laid out in Victorian times and access may be restricted in parts for safety reasons. The closeness in the grave plots, vandalism and undergrowth may make access difficult for persons with mobility or sight problems. Cemetery managers and voluntary groups of Friends may in some cases be able to advise if there are any local facilities to assist disabled visitors such as an individual to guide a visitor (and their escort or helper) but this is best arranged prior to the proposed visit. Some cemeteries ban dogs, others may permit dogs on a lead and if you propose to take a dog please check first with either the cemetery manager or the local friends group.