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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

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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.

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For the Full story of 2nd Lieutenant Edward Deakin Ashton

Click on the Link Below

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George Pickup


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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



Sad News

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

2016


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


 Our next Working Party wil be on

Saturday 23th July 2016

&

6th August 2016

10.00 am - 1.00 pm
Meet in the Western Cemetery

 

For the full list of 2016 Working Party Dates

Click here.


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

June 28th 2016 : Bench dedicated to the role of Darwen women in the First World War set to be unveiled.

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


 

2016 Working Party Dates Released

Click on this link

2016 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 2014 Archive Page.

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

Our News Page
2014 Archive Page

Other Archive Pages

2013 Archive Page
2012 Archive Page
2011 Archive Page
2010 Archive Page 
                                                                
                                                           FODC January 2015



Ashleigh Primary School Gardening Club

Ashleigh Primary School's Gardening Club, which attends to a number of War Graves in the Cemetery, have come runner's up in the RHS School Gardening Team of the Year 2014. 
 
This is a national competition open to all primary and secondary schools and have done so well to come so far. 

A team of gardeners from the RHS will be going into school to give a demonstration and guidance and we have also won lots of gardening goodies!

Below is a short video that the Gardening Club have done, this also has a small piece of the Children in the Cemetery.

YouTube Video


                                                                FODC July 2014

 
                                                                                 

                             



RECENT NOTICES

NEXT GENERAL MEETING & AGM

TBA

Everybody Welcome!


NEXT CEMETERY WORKING PARTY

Our next working party will be on Saturday 
23th July 2016 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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The views expressed by contributors are not necessarily those of FODC



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