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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


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!


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.


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.


                                                       FODC March 2018

Our latest Working Party in the Cemetery Cancelled


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

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

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

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

Artists Impression of the finished World War One Memorial


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

2nd June 2018

Then on

16th June 2018
30th June 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


Our General Meeting and AGM

2019 TBA

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

In the Press

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


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

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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 




2019 TBA



Saturday 2nd 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.


                                        FODC Updated December 2012

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