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Remembrance Day Services 2016


Once again we will be holding two Remembrance Day services this year.

Friday 11th November 2016


As usual our First service will be held on Friday 11th 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! 

Everyone Welcome..


Sunday 8th November 2015


Our Second Sevice will be held on Sunday 13th 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 
11 O'clock  

Attended by many Local Residents.

Everyone Welcome..

                                                                    FODC October 2016

Our 3rd Disco Night

Tickets are now available for our 3rd Disco Night, being held on Saturday 26th November 2016.

This year we are holding it at a larger venue due to the great demand for tickets at our previous Discos.

Our venue is Hollins Grove Conservative Club, Blackburn Road, Darwen BB3 1QJ

Tickets are 5.00 each

Tickets are available from the following:-

Audiotec, Marsh House Lane, Darwen

70s_2013_3's Barber Shop, Duckworth St, Darwen

The Sweet Shop, 4 Croft St (outside the Market Hall) Darwen.

For further information email secretary@darwencemetery.org.uk


                                                                    FODC September 2016

Our Ashes Garden

When the Friends of Darwen Cemetery was first formed, the founder members had a vision and plan to restore as much of the Western Cemetery as they could, including finding and restoring the ninety plus War Graves, and in part we have achieved many of our goals.
Education walks and remembrance services are regulary featured in our diary, and well supported by the townspeople of Darwen.
One ofthe first projects and one that we are very proude of is the Ashes Garden where plaques of remembrance can be purchased from Brent Stevenson Memorials, the garden is a beautiful tranquil setting where you can reflect and remember your loved ones.

The FODC regularly maintain this area as part of our ongoing projects and welcome any support that you might be able to share with us. We meet every other Saturday from 10.00 am to 1.00pm, we meet at the top of Lark Street.




If you woul like further information on the Creamation Memorials & Bench Plaques click on the image on the left.

For information on the procedure for Scattering Ashes in the garden click on the below link

Ashes Memorial
                                                                    Photos by Roy Cox

                                                                     FODC September 2016

walk_sept_16Our Latest Walk Booklet for Sale

If you missed our latest guided walk through the Cemetery on the 11th September, the booklet that accompanied the walk is available to buy.

The walk was based on the graves of the some of the Men who made Darwen and was compiled once again by Tony Foster

Price 2.00

UK postage + 1.00, World postage + 3.00

If you wish to buy this or one of the other booklets click on the link below.

Booklet Page

                                                       FODC September 2016

Photographs of Darwen Cemetery Heritage Open Day September 2016


On Sunday 11th September FODC held it's 2016 Heritage Open Day


We held an exhibition in the Whitehall Community Hut in Whitehall Park showing our plans for the Cemetery.


We followed the Exhibition with a Walk through the Cemetery, the Walk this year was "Some men who made Darwen" and once again was taken by Tony Foster.


If you missed the walk a booklet is available to buy, the booklet is 2.00 and is available on the Booklet Page.


Photos by Paul Dargan & Alan Walton

FODC September 2016


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

2nd Lt

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George Pickup


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


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

29th October 2016


12th November 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

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.


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

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



Everybody Welcome!


Our next working party will be on Saturday 
29th October 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.


                                        FODC Updated December 2012

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The views expressed by contributors are not necessarily those of FODC

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