Darwen Cemetery Heritage Open Day 2016
Sunday 11th September.
On Sunday 11th September the Friends of Darwen Cemetery are holding a Heritage Open Day in the Western Cemetery.
We start at 1pm at the Whitehall Community Building, in the Rose Garden on Whitehall Road, Darwen (the postcode is BB3 2LH) where we will be holding a display on our achievements over the last 12 months and our plans for the next 12 months in the Cemetery.
At 2pm we have another one of our popular walks through the Western Cemetery, we start the walk at the Cross of Sacrifice at the Lodges entrance to the Cemetery.
The walk this year is a follow up to our walk in 2013 which was based on the Women of Darwen, this year the walk will based on Some Men who Made Darwen, once again the walk will be led by Tony Foster.
FODC August 2016
1916 - 2016 Somme Tribute
Commemorative Bench dedicated to the Women of Darwen and the Role they played in WW1
On a rainy Thursday, 7th July 2016 in the Western Cemetery, many gathered including some School Children from Ashleigh Primary School to unveil a Granite Bench placed on the edge of Section C near to the Cross of Sacrifice.
The bench has been donated by Darwen Townswomen Guild,
Crown Paints and Brent Stevensen Memorials.
The banch was unveiled by the High Sherrif of Lancaster.
The inscribed bench was unveiled on behalf of the Darwen Townswomen's Guild to honour the women of the area who supported soldiers during the Great War.
Around 1,300 soldiers from the town died in the war, but Cllr John East, part of the Friends of Darwen Cemetery group, said "what is often forgotten is the vital role women played".
If you want to see how the Pupils of Ashleigh Primary School made of the visit to the Cemetery, click on the link below
Asheleigh Primary School visit to Darwen Cemetery
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2nd Lieutenant Edward Deakin Ashton
FODC tribute to the Battle of the Somme.
2nd Lieutenant Edward Deakin Ashton who died serving with the Lancashire Fusiliers on the 1st July 1916, during the very first day of the Battle.
Bold Venture Park Scouts Pay a Tribute
On the 1st July Bold Venture Park Scouts commemorated the Centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme by visiting the grave of 2nd Lieutenant Edward Deakin Ashton who died during the battle on the very first Day.
For the Full story of 2nd Lieutenant Edward Deakin Ashton
Click on the Link Below
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George Pickup died at 8.30am 90 yards from the starting off trench at Serre on the 1st July 1916 he was just 26 years old.
George was one of 700 Pals from the 11th battalion of the East Lancashire Regiment formed in Accrington.
His body was never found and he is remembered on memorials at Central URC and Thiepval in France. His parents John and Anne Pickup are buried in the Western Cemetery and George is remembered on the grave.
FODC July 2016
Our Beautiful Heather
The heather bed in the new part of the Western Cemetery and separates the boundry between section 1B and section 3 is looking really good at the moment, well done to all the volunteers who keep it looking so nice.
FODC April 2016
Photographs by Alan Walton
Sadly, on 13th March we lost Joan Briggs a valued member of the Friends of Darwen Cemetery volunteer group.
Joan has worked with us, along with her husband Colin, for many years. Joan spent many hours in the nature garden and lovingly tended the plants.
Just before she passed away Joan had got approval from the trustees of FODC to replant the nature garden with fresh primulas. Due to her sudden death she was unable to do this, however her family including her husband Colin, daughter - in - law Nicola and grandson Alfie completed the task for her. I think you will agree their efforts are stunning and Joan would have been very proud of them all.
When Colin went to collect the plants from Four Seasons Garden Centre he was told someone had already paid for them in Joan's name. On behalf of Colin, his family, and FODC can I please thank our anonymous donor for their generosity.
FODC April 2016
Minutes from our AGM and Chairmans Report
If you would like to read the minutes from our 2016 AGM and Chairmans report, click on the link below.
Minutes of AGM 2016
FODC May 2016
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