The Inaugural National Cemeteries Week: 10th-18th September 2016
Step inside your local cemetery for a welcome to a special event launching the NFCF’s National Cemeteries Week. You will hear how Cemetery Friends throughout the UK support the owners in keeping your cemetery 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. Enterprising Cemetery Friends offer a variety of educational and enjoyable events from Open Days to promenade dramas.
NFCF Members participating in 2016 (click through to official web site for event details)
- Berkhamsted: Friends Of St Peter’s, 11th September, Open Day 2-9.30pm with lantern procession
- Brookwood: Brookwood Cemetery Society, 10th September, Open Day 11-3pm Displays, talks, walks, refreshments
- Cardiff: Friends Of Cathays Cemetery, 13th, 18th September, 13th Memorial Symbolism talk, 18th Walk
- Doncaster: Friends Of Hyde Park Cemetery, 11th September, Walk
- East Renfrewshire: Cathcart Cemetery (info), 10th, 11th, Walks 2pm
- Halifax: Friends Of Lister Lane Cemetery, 11th September, Open Day, Tours 1pm and 2.30pm
- Leeds: Friends Of Beckett Street Cemetery, 10th, 11th September, Tour at 2pm
- Leeds: Friends Of Lawnswood Cemetery, 11th September, Walk 2pm, Somme display
- Leicester: Friends Of Belgrave Cemetery, 11th September, Walks 11am and 2pm, Somme remembrance 10.30am
- London: Friends Of Brockley & Ladywell Cemeteries, 10th, 11th September, Art Exhibition: Animals in Service, Walks 2pm
- London: Friends Of Brompton Cemetery, 10th September, 10th Catacombs open 11-5 (£5), 17th and 18th Tours 2pm
- London: Friends Of Nunhead Cemetery, 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th September, 10th-11th Tours and crypt open 1-5pm. 17th-18th Arts event and crypt 11am-5pm
- London: Friends Of West Norwood Cemetery, 18th September, Tours throughout the afternoon
- Skipton: Friends Of Raikes Road Burial Ground, 17th September, Enactment performances 11am and 2pm
- York: Friends Of York Cemetery, 18th September, Walk, Talk: Industrialists in the Cemetery 2pm
National Federation of Cemetery Friends
The National Federation of Cemetery Friends represents groups of volunteers interested in conserving cemeteries large and small. The Cemetery Friends give their time clearing and maintaining areas, often working with local ecology groups to maintain a balance between wildlife and heritage. Friends may also provide guided walks, open days and special events and work on projects with English Heritage and other organisations. Some groups have restored memorials and chapels.
Our associate members include trusts, councils, and organisations who manage cemeteries and burials and individual members who are not part of a Friends group but share in our values.
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.
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