Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to volunteer and support FODC over the last 12 months.
We look forward to seeing you again Next Year!
Our first Working Party in the New Year will be held between 10am and 1pm on Saturday 13th January 2018
FODC December 2017
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 143 attend the Friday service which included many of the Primary and both of the Secondary Schools from Darwen, 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.
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
On Sunday 12th November 2017 we held our second Remembrance Service which was attended by Whitehall & St. Josephs Scout Groups and Darwen Venture Scouts
Also members of The Royal British Leigion and local residents, the weather was much drier than the Friday service but was still bitterly cold.
Thank you to everybody who 91 who attended the Sunday Service.
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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
Photographs by Diane Davies FODC November 2017
Once again we will be holding two Remembrance Day services this year.
Friday 10th November 2017
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
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
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 email@example.com
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.
Well Done Gardening Gang love the plants.
FODC July 2017
On 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.
Tony Foster FODC July 2017
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.
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.
Once again the walk was led by Tony Foster
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
Walk Booklets Page
FODC June 2017
Terror and Tragedy
Our Next Walk in the Cemetery
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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!
Photos by Paul Dargan
FODC April 2017
Roy's Amusing take on our 2017 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.
FODC April 2017
Minutes from our AGM and Chairmans Report
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
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.