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Our next Working Party wil be on Saturday

2nd December 2017

10.00 am - 1.00 pm
Meet in the Western Cemetery


 
Our Last Working Party for 2017 will be

16th December 2017

For the full list of 2017 Working Party Dates

Click here.



Remembrance Day services 2017

Our Friday Remembrance Service


Click on the above image to see a short Video made by Roy Cox from the photographs taken during the Friday Remembrance Service


On Friday 10th November 2017 we held our annual Schools Remembrance Service in the Cemetery.

This year we had many of the Primary and both of the Secondary Schools from Darwen attend the event, unfortunatly the weather was shocking, very wet and very very cold.

As usual once we had finished the service all the school children went out into the cemetery to lay 102 Poppy Crosses on all of the Commonwealth War Graves (including 3 Ministry of Defence War Graves) in both the Western and Eastern Cemertaries.




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Thank you to Diane Davies for organising the Remembrace Services and her team of volunteers who helped making the event happen!

                                          
Photographs by Roy Cox



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Our Sunday Remembrance Service

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On Sunday 12th November 2017 we held our second Remembrance Service which was attended by Whitehall & St. Josephs Scout Groups and Darwen Venture Scouts
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Also members of The Royal British Leigion and local residents

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Thank you to everybody who attended
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Some of the Wreath's layed at this years Remembrance Day Services











Many made by hand by our local Primary Schools

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         Photographs by Diane Davies  FODC November 2017


Once again we will be holding two Remembrance Day services this year.




Friday 10th November 2017

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As usual our First service will be held on Friday 10th November, this Service is held on the Friday to allow the Local Schools to attend, we will meet at 10.30 for a 10.45 Service.

Following the Service the children attending will go into the Cemetery and place Poppies on the 98 Commonwealth War Graves in the Cemetery.

This is a very well attended and moving service with all the children attending from the majority of the Primary and Secondary Schools in Darwen!


Sunday 12th November 2017

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Our Second Sevice will be held on Sunday 12th November at 10.30 for a 10.45 Service.


In the past this Service has been attended by Local Scout and Guide Groups and is a very popular Service.

This Service has a more formal feel  with all the Flags being lowered at 
11 O'clock  

Attended by many Local Residents.



                                                        FODC October 2017

FODC attends the Darwen Heritage Centre Open Day at Holker House

Colin holds the fort on Saturday

On Saturday the 7th October 2017 the Friends of Darwen Cemetery together with other Local Friends groups attended the Darwen Heritage Centre's Open Day.

Many visitors attended on the day despite the bad weather.

Thank you to all the members who helped man the event and everybody who attended.


                                                       FODC October 2017


Our Nature Garden's Bird Bath Goes Missing!



Please can you help!

Our Bird Bath that has been in our Nature Garden for over 5 years has gone missing!

We are not sure when it was removed but it is only over the last few weeks.

If you have any information who may of removed or where we might find the Bird Bath please can you email info@darwencemetery.org.uk


                                                     FODC October 2017


Ashleigh Primary School visit the Cemetery to tidy up there Adopted War Graves

Year 5 students from Ashleigh Primary School visited the cemetery and tidied up their war graves ready for summer.

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                                                                                                    Well Done Gardening Gang love the plants.

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                                                          FODC July 2017
Scarlet Fever
jepson_grave_1On a recent walk around the cemetery a large monument to the Jepson family was pointed out to me which showed that 4 children of Henry Charles and Mary Helen Jepson died between 14th Sep 1902 and 11th Oct 1902.

These 4 deaths were all due to scarlet fever.

At this time children suffering from scarlet fever were often isolated in the Fever Hospital at Bull Hill so one is left to wonder why these children were nursed at home Whinfield in Whitehall Road.



The Jepsons has 11 children, 5 of which survived including Helen and Mary who both became teachers at Spring Bank School.



                                                     Tony Foster FODC July 2017


Our Latest Walk

On the 25th June FODC had its latest walk in the Cemetery, the walk this year was "Terror and Tragedy" and was based on our Cemetery Walk back in 2011 "Torment & Tragedy" showing you the darker side of some of the Graves in Darwen Cemetery.



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Once again the walk was led by Tony Foster

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This year we used the 2011 Booklet to accompany the walk, if you would like a copy of the Booklet please click the link below

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Walk Booklets Page


                                                      
FODC June 2017


Terror and Tragedy
Our Next Walk in the Cemetery

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Our next walk around the Cemetery will be held on Sunday 25th June at 2pm, we start the walk from the Cross of Sacrifice at 2pm

The walk this time will be based on the darker side of some of the Graves in Darwen Cemetery.

"Terror and Tragedy".

The walk will be led by Tony Foster and a Booklet of the walk will be available for 2.00


If you would like to read any of the other Walk Booklets that we have issued over the years click on the below link which will take to the Booklet Page.

Walk Booklets

                                                               FODC June 2017

2017 Grass Cutting Plan

Due to funding cuts, BwD Borough council have passed the cutting of the grass in the Western Cemetery to a non-profit friends group called the Good Friends.

The Good Friends will cut the grass every 2 to 3 weeks during the growing season and are working in partnership with the Friends of Darwen Cemetery to maximise the areas which can be cut within the restricted budget provided.

During 2017 the grass will be cut the following areas only:-

All Ashes burial sections

A strip around the perimeter of each burial section

Paths to and around the commonwealth War Graves

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Paths to regularly visited family graves

If you attend your family grave regularly and wish a path to be cut, please ring 01254 202019, email info@bsmemorials.co.uk or post a comment on the FODC Facebook page giving your name, the burial section and plot number and your contact details. We will pass the details on to the Good Friends.

The remainder of the cemetery will be allowed to naturalise with long grass and wild flowers.

Please take extra care when walking through the burial sections, especially when the grass is long. Most sections contain uneven ground, sunken graves and fallen headstones.

Important Notice

The cemetery remains the responsibility of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council. Any complaints or concerns over health and safety should be directed to the council.

                                                          FODC June 2017


Early Morning Sunrise

On Monday (24th April) at 6am I woke to a beautiful morning, just as the sunrise was coming over the hill at Blacksnape, with ipad in hand and the dog lead in the other I came into the Cemetery to take some photographs.

The sun was just catching parts of the Cemetery and casting long low shadows behind the graves and trees.

What a great way to start the week!


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                                                                    Photos by Paul Dargan
                                                                    FODC April 2017


Roy's Amusing take on our 2017 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 April 2017

Our General Meeting and AGM

TBA





Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all at the Friends of Darwen Cemetery

All the best for 2017

Mick passes the baton on to Jill

Mick has has laid down his responsibilities as the Saturday Working Party Leader after our last Working Party of 2016, held on the 10th December.

Mick has passed the baton (or buck) on to Jill who takes over the position from our first Working Party after the New Year.

Mick will continue to attend the Saturday Working Parties and we are sure he will pass on his knowledge when required.

We are very grateful to him for keeping us safe and busy during his period in office, we have achieved so much over the years, thanks to his guidance and expertise.



                                                                           FODC December 2016
Our Last Working Party for 2016

On Saturday 10th December we had our last Working Party of the year.


Here are some photographs from the Morning.


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Thank you to everybody who helped out during 2016!

And look forward to seeing you when we start again in January.


                                                           Photographs taken by Roy Cox
                                                             FODC December 2016

Our Walled Garden

During 2016 we started work on a quiet corner of the Cemetery right on the edge of  Cemetery Road behind the South Lodge.

Work started in this corner because it kept flooding and the path was always very muddy.

We started digging back the mound of soil next to the path to allow the water to escape, as we dug back we found loads of stone mixed in with the soil so we decided to put it to good use.

Below are the Before and After photographs and as you can see we retrieved a lot of stone.

I am sure you can agree the area looks much better now and with the drain cleared should prevent the path from flooding in the future.

Thanks to all who helped in this section.


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                                                                                  FODC December 2016

Minutes from our AGM and Chairmans Report

2017

If you would like to read the minutes from our 2017 AGM and Chairmans report, click on the link below.

Minutes of AGM 2017


                                                                       FODC May 2017

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

6th October 2017:
Appeal to find bird bath stolen from Darwen Cemetery
27th July 2017:
'Friends of Darwen Cemetery have issued a response to claims they are responsible for the state of the grass in Darwen West Cemetery
26th July 2017:
It's very rare that I get worked up about things, but this has really rattled my cage' - pensioner calls for action to improve the 'disgraceful' state of Darwen Old Cemetery.
25th July 2017:
Appeal for groups to tend Darwen Cemetery graves
7th May 2017:
Darwen Cemetery benefits as volunteers put in more than 2,000 hours

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


 

2017 Working Party Dates Released

Click on this link

2017 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 2015 Archive Page.

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


Our News Page
2015 Archive Page

Other Archive Pages

2014 Archive Page
2013 Archive Page
2012 Archive Page
2011 Archive Page
2010 Archive Page 

                                                                
                                                           FODC January 2015


NEXT GENERAL MEETING AND AGM

TBA


NEXT CEMETERY WORKING PARTY

Saturday 18th November 2017
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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