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Our Find a Grave Event (Part 2)

On Saturday 19th October we will be holding another "Find a Grave" Event, we held our first Find a Grave event back in July and we had requests to help find 15 Family Graves in the Western Cemetery.

With the help of Billy Briggs, who knows the Cemetery better than anybody else, together with other members of the Friends of Darwen Cemetery we were able to locate the plot location on all the graves on the day.

10.30 am to 1.00 pm meet at the Cross of Sacrifice in the Western Cemetery.


  Images of our first Find a Grave Event on the 13th July 2019


                                                         FODC September 2019

Have you seen our Memorial Garden recently.

ashes_garden_28.9.16_4Have you had a walk through the Memorial Garden recently?

Have you seen how good it is looking?

Many of the donated bushes have now started to mature and fill out the beds around the edges of the garden.

Ashes_Garden_31.1.19_BRENTS_imageWould you like to purchase one of the Wedges or Bench Plaques in the Memorial Garden

For more information on the Memorial Garden click on the below link

Memorial Garden

                                                                 FODC 2019

A new Photograph of our Roman Catholic Chapel



 I came across this image of a Chapel yesterday when I was looking at a number of press cutting we have at the Heritage Centre that relate to the work of Howard Peters.
Anyone from Darwen of a certain age will recall that Howard Peters had a regular page in the Darwen News on items of "yesterday." Some of the article feature in his column were relative small and something there was the odd photo - included this one.

Apart from saying it was a recently demolished chapel there was no other information.
I think it has a look of the R/C Chapel.

                                   Tony Foster FODC September 2019


We are on the look out for adoptees

telegraph_7.8.19We are on the look out for adoptees from community groups, schools, and faith and youth organisations.

we have more than 100 war graves in the cemetery, most in the western cemetery section.

Around 70 are from WW1 and the others from WW2 and other conflicts.

The scheme has been running since 2010 and we are proud that many have been looked after with tender loving care over the years.

However we need 15 new adoptees to help care for the rest.

Darwen had 1300 casualties in WW1 and over 200 in WW2. so it's only right that local residents care and remember them in this special way.

Potential adoptees can apply to Diane by emailing dianedavies@darwencementry.org.uk

                                                          FODC August 2019

Our Find a Grave Event

find_a_grave_event_2019_2On Saturday 13th July 2019 we held our very first Find a Grave Event, we had requests to help find 15 Family Graves in the Western Cemetery.

For more information on this event click on the below link

Find a Grave Event

                                                                                                FODC July 2019

From Darwen to see the world recorded on gravestones

Burial telegraph_3.1_29.5.19ground as an excellent source for local history as every gravestone has a story to tell. Some stories are more interesting and fascinating than others. Two such gravestone that tell of deaths in foreign parts can be found in Darwen’s Western Cemetery.

For more information on this story click on the below link

From Darwen to see the world

Joseph Eccles Grave

                                                              Tony Foster FODC May 2019

FODC are attending the Charity Day in Darwen Town Centre 

cem_plaqueDo you want to know what we have been up to?

Would you like to help to keep our cemetery looking loved?

We will be there from 10am to 4.30pm
Saturday 11th May 2019

For more information on this event click on the below link

FODC are attending the Charity Day in Darwen Town Centre

                                                              FODC May 2019


Our Next Working Party will be on the

5th October 2019

Then on

19th October 2019
2nd November 2019

Between 10am and 1pm in the Western Cemetery, Cemetery Road, Darwen.

Check out our New Booklet Page

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

Our Next General Meeting and AGM

Will be held on Wednesday 1st May 2019 at 7pm

Darwen Heritage Centre,
Holker House, Railway Road,
Darwen BB3 2RE

If you would like to find out more about FODC please come along.

We shall be showing the completed video of the ceremony on the 1st July 1918 marking the opening of the World War 1 reflective structure that the Friends built in the Cemetery.





Roy's Amusing take on our Working Parties

We 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


In the Press

7th August 2019:
Cemetery on the look out for Adopties

4th July 2019:

Invite to find a family grave in Darwen

29th April 2019:
Friends of Darwen Cemetery to meet.

29th July 2018:
Darwen's Newest Listed StructurePark Road Methodist Church’s War Memorial

17th July 2018:
Darwen's tribute to the World War One fallen proves a great draw to remembrance

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

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


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

                                                              FODC July 2014

2018 Working Party Dates Released

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2018 Public Meetings Dates Released

Click on this link

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 from 2018 page" and articles from Our News page into a new 2017 Archive Page.

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

Our News from 2018 Page

Other Archive Pages

2017 Archive Page
2016 Archive Page
2015 Archive Page
2014 Archive Page
2013 Archive Page
2012 Archive Page
2011 Archive Page
2010 Archive Page 






5th October 2019
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.


                                        FODC Updated December 2012

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