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World War One Memorial
Opening Ceremony

1st July 2018 2.30
WW1_Memorial_Invitepm for a 3pm start




The Unveilling will take place at 3pm on the 1st July 2018 and you're asked to assemble at the Cross of Scarifice at 2.30pm.

The Memorial will be Unveiled by the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, we will have a Brass Band and a Choir at the Ceremony

Following the event there will be refreshments served at the Whitehall Hut in Whitehall Park.


Parking on the 1st July 2018

Due to limited parking in the Western Cemetery we will be implementing a Car Parking Traffic System from 1.30pm

The Entrance between the two Lodges will be closed and only available for Dignitaries, the Brass Band and the Choir.
(members of the Brass band and Choir must be parked up at the latest 2.15pm as the access to Parking will be closed at 2.15pm)

The Main Entrance for Parking will be via Lark Street Gates

We will be implementing a one way system and you will be Marshalled to a parking space.

As we are expecting a large turnout we apologise in advance to any disruption this may cause for the usual visitors to the Cemetery on the day.

Below is a Map of the Western Cemetery and the Car Parking Traffic System we will use on the day


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To enlarge the Map
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60 page Book to accompony the Ceremony

To accompany the unveiling of our World War One Memorial Wall, we have produced a 60-page Book.

This is a comprehensive book and goes into detail on ALL the World War One causalities buried in the Western Cemetery, some with photographs.

It also gives an account of the history of the Friends of Darwen Cemetery group, a history of the Cemetery and an account of the ideas behind commemorating the causalities buried in the cemetery with the Memorial Wall.

The Book will be available during the Ceremony, all Donations welcomed for this book (Recommended Price 5.00)

The book will also be available through the website after the event.


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Image of how the wall will look

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Everybody is Welcome!

                                                                    FODC June 2018

Some Sneek Photos of the WW1 Wall

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      FODC Chairman John East          FODC President Col. Steve Davies


                                   FODC June 2018
                                   Photographs by Paul Dargan & John East



Sponsored Walk Raised 200

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Members of Whithall Cubs help raise 200.00 by holding a sponsored walk in Darwen Cemetery.

Held on Monday 4th June 2018, to help FODC raise money for the Two Benches that will be placed in front of our New WW1 Commemorative Wall in the Western Cemetery.

The Cubs walked for 100 minutes around the Cemetery, a minute for evey year to commemorate the 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Thank you to the Cubs and Leaders.

                                                          
FODC June 2018 



Davies Grave

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The Davies grave has been given some TLC  from FODC.

Thanks to Colin Briggs and friends.

The Davies family produced a Darwen mayor, business man, peer of the realm and a Congregational minister.
What a heritage to Darwen from one family.
 



                                                                 FODC May 2018

FODC General Meeting and AGM

Was held on Wednesday 25th April 2018 at Darwen Heritage Centre, our Guest Speaker this year was Steve Irwin
from Blackburn Museum
and spoke about the
'They win or Die who wear the Rose of Lancaster :
The defence of Givenchy 9 - 11th April 1918'




We also gave an update on the progress of our World One Memorial in the process of being built in the Western Cemetery.



Minutes from our AGM and Chairmans Report

2018

If you would like to read the minutes from our 2018 AGM and Chairmans report, click on the link below.

Minutes of AGM 2018

                                                                 FODC April 2018
Our WW1 Wall is taking Shape!

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Our World War One Wall is starting to look impressive despite the weather.

                                         
Photographed by John East
                                                    FODC April 2018
   

Our Martha is waiting for the Cemetery Bus.


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Our very own Martha Jane Bury has been out and about on the bus stops advertising boards in both Blackburn and Darwen for International Woman's Day.

Martha who is burried in the Western Cemetery and known as the White Lady was the first 1893 President of the Darwen Co-operative Woman's Guild and leading light in the national movement.
She was a pioneer for the rights of working class women and one of the first women to be elected to the Blackburn's Board of Guardian.
Martha was born in Blackburn in 1850 the daughter of George Walmsley, headmaster of Park Road School, Blackburn and Jane Pearson. Her farther died when she was two and she began working in the mills when she was 11 and moved to Darwen when she was 17, Martha married John William Bury in 1882 and she continued working in the mills until she was 41 by which time she had 5 children (one died in infancy).
She was actively associated with the Congregational Church and the towm's temperance movement.
Martha died in 1913.


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                                                       FODC March 2018


Our latest Working Party in the Cemetery Cancelled

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Our first working party in February had to be cancelled at the last moment due to a flurry of Snow and Freezing Temperaturs.
Lets hope it gets warmer fo our next Working Party on the 24th February.


                                              Photograph by Roy Cox
                                               FODC February 2018



Our World War One Memorial

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The area in the Cemetery where the WWI memorial will be constructed

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Linda and Ineke stand infront of where the WWI memorial will be constructed

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Kath gives the area near the to the new memorial site a good sweep!


Artists Impression of the finished World War One Memorial

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Unveiling of the Memorial will be held on the 1st July 2018

More information to follow soon!

                                                          FODC January 2018


 Our Next Working Party will be on the

30th June 2018

Then on

14th July 2018
28th July 2018



Roy's Amusing take on our Working Parties

roy_photo_1We have added a New Page to our Website, "Roy's Amusing Working Party Photos".

Have a look at the Photographs taken by Roy during our 2017 Working Parties with Roy's amusing comments.

To see our new page look down the left hand block or click on the link below.


Click Here

                                                                                   FODC

Our General Meeting and AGM

2019 TBA


Check out our New Booklet Page

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If you missed any of our Cemetery Walks over the years, these booklets are still available to buy!

You could complete the walk yourself as each booklet has a map inside showing you the route of each walk and the area each grave on the walk are located.

Or you could buy the booklet just to see the history or story of the Graves featured on
the walk from the comfort of your arm chair! 

If you wish to see other Walk Booklets for sale click the below link.


Walk Booklets


In the Press

19th June 2018:
Darwen's world war one memorial set for unveiling parade

28th April 2018:
Darwen world war one memorial to be unveiled

20th February 2018:
Martha, the Darwen mother who fought for the rights of Women and the Poor

13th February 2018:
MP Jake Berry celebrate Darwen Suffrage Leader

5th February 2018:
Community group takes action over dog fouling in Darwen Cemetery

3rd February 2018:
Friends of Darwen Cemetery will meet to work on War Memorial

17th January 2018:
Friends of Darwen Cemetery have begun work on a World War One Memorial

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE PAGE


Friends of Darwen Cemetery 

Postal Address


Friends of Darwen Cemetery
C/O Unit 2A, Hall Moss Business Park
Bolton Road, Bull Hill, Darwen, 
Lancashire BB3
2TT


                                                              FODC July 2014


 

2018 Working Party Dates Released

Click on this link

2018 Public Meetings Dates Released

Click on this link



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Gift Aid


If you wish to donate to the Friends of Darwen Cemetery and you pay Tax, please click on the image and fill in the details required and email it to
info@darwencemetery.org.uk or you can print out the document and send it in the post to:

Friends of Darwen Cemetery
C/O Unit 2A,
 Hall Moss Business Park, Bolton Road, 
Bull Hill, Darwen, BB3 2TT
                            
                                        

 
We have moved some articles around

We have moved most of the articles from our Home Page into "Our News page" and articles from Our News page into a new 2016 Archive Page.

If you want to have a look click on the links below 


Our News from 2017

Other Archive Pages
2016 Archive Page
2015 Archive Page
2014 Archive Page
2013 Archive Page
2012 Archive Page
2011 Archive Page
2010 Archive Page 

                                                                
                                                           FODC


RECENT NOTICES


NEXT GENERAL MEETING AND AGM

2019 TBA


NEXT CEMETERY WORKING PARTY

Saturday 30th June 2018
between 10.00am and 1.00pm 
in the Western Cemetery, 
Cemetery Road, Darwen.


If you would like to see others who have got involved click here.


Darwen Days website

Darwen Days have changed its website address
(click on the Link below)


Darwen Days now has a website showing 1000s of Photographs of Darwen, 
many old but some more recent, 
they also include many photographs of the Cemetery.

Click on the link to go direct to the website.


www.darwendays.co.uk

                                        FODC Updated December 2012




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The views expressed by contributors are not necessarily those of FODC



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