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Once again, Martha Jane Bury can look over Darwen Cemetery from her lofty position close to the site of the old Nonconformist Chapel - thanks to stonemason Brent Stevenson.
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The Circular Garden looks Great!
The circular garden which will be made into a secluded area where ashes can be scattered and where relatives can spend quiet moments of contemplation is a blaze of colour at present thanks to lots of flowers from Blackburn With Darwen Borough Council.
Top Gates Pillar Stands after Many Years!
During July 2010, after many years of being laid down outside the top gates, the pillar and cap has been re-erected, thanks to Brent Stevenson
(it's the second pillar on the left)
The Rhododendrons are finally being cut back!
Work got under way mid-July to cut back the rampant rhododendrons which have take over large areas of the older part of the cemetery and smothered a lot of graves. To the west of Section C and round the "rose garden" they are being cut back to shoulder height to make them more manageable. Blackburn with Darwen Council have funded the work.
Diane and Rose collect a cheque for £1,000
Following a successful presentation to the Cash for Communities Committee by Pat O'Reilly and Diane Davies, Friends of Darwen Cemetery receive a cheque of £1000 for new signage in the Cemetery
The Graves in Section C are being repaired and re-erected.
Work has started on re-erecting the graves in section C,
Brent Stevenson Memorials are in the process of
completing our first section,
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2Lt Edward Deakin Ashton
One of the first to die during the Great War was Second Lieutenant Edward Deakin Ashton, educated at Sedbergh School and Baliol College, Oxford, only son of rich parents who lived in a grand house in Darwen. He was a Lancashire Fusilier. He was 26.
Our Australian Soldier : Alfred Edmund WARD
'Rosemary and Len Jackson were asked by their daughter Nicola, who now lives in Australia, to place a tribute on the war grave of Arthur Edmund Ward in Darwen Old Cemetery to commemorate Anzac Day on 25 April. Nicola was over at Christmas and was interested to find an Australian soldier was buried in the cemetery. On her return to Australia she decided to research the soldier who died at the home of his cousins, the Leaches.
The Ashton Memorial
Work has been completed on the Ashton Memorial outside wall and it has now been made safe.
The Garden inside the Memorial has been weeded, fresh top soil has been laid and we have planted some new bedding plants.
However the Ashton Memorial Monument still requires full restoration to bring it back to its former glory, we are still looking for funding to complete this.
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Darwen Cemetery - Darwen - Lancashire