|Our next Working Party is on Saturday 18th May 2013 between 10am and 1pm in the Western Cemetery. everybody welcome!|
The Friends of Darwen Cemetery are currently undertaking tidying of this section and hope to start work on repairing headstones shortly. We would like to identify people who still tend a grave here and would be grateful if you could let us have your current contact details
35 headstones were repaired in 2011 with funds raised by the Friends of Darwen Cemetery. Funds are now available to complete Section B.
Without all your efforts the progress achieved in the last twelve months would not have been possible.
Wishing you all a peaceful Christmas and a prosperous new year.
Thanks again Mick W.
P.S. Next Saturday session 26th. Jan 2013 --- See you there ?
Remebrance Day 2012
The service was repeated on Sunday 11th November where once again St Joseph's Scouts attended the service but were this year joined by the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts from the Whitehall Packs. The services followed the same format as the Friday service.
FODC Collect a cheque for £2,000.00 from the Crown Awards.
Jill and Rosemary received a cheque for £2,000 from the Crown Paint Awards/Darwen Town Council from the Mayor of Darwen, Cllr Eileen Entwistle.
We are using the money to finish off putting the headstones back up in Section B
FODC November 2012
Darwen Cemetery Welcomes Two New War Graves
During September the Commonwealth War Grave Commission erected two New War Graves in the Western Cemetery
The two graves are Private V. Cocker (photograph on the left) and Lance Bombardier H.A. Haworth (photograph on the right) both the graves are found in Section 4B, unfortunately both of these graves will remain unadopted due to the rest of the grave been unsafe.
V. Cocker H.A. Haworth
If you wish to see more information about the 2 war graves click on the photograph to go direct to the graves of V.Cocker and H.A.Haworth.
If you would like to see more about the 97 war graves in Darwen Cemetery click on the link below.
FODC October 2012
Collage of Photographs of Darwen Cemetery
Photograph by Alan Walton
FODC raise £248 at Darwen Gala.
FODC one again attended this years Darwen Gala, this year with two stalls, we had a fund raising
stall out in the main field and an information stall in the Marquee.
We managed to raise £248.90 from a bottle raffle and and the Cemetery Game for the kids, together with some donations.
Thank you to everybody who donated the bottles and small
gifts in the lucky dip box.
The weather stayed fine and the Gala was well attended with a steady flow throughout the afternoon.
On the day we also completed 42 questionnaires for the Heritage Bid, all 42 replies were in favour of developing a Heritage Walk around the Cemetery to commemorate the war dead buried in the Cemetery which died in the Great War of 1914 - 1918.
Thank you to all the members who helped throughout the day.
FODC August 2012
FODC win the Darwen Asda Community Life
Over the last few month shoppers at Asda Darwen having been voting for various local charities using the token system. You shop then you drop your token in your chosen charity. We gained more votes and in doing so earned £100 donation from the Asda Community Fund.
Many thanks to Darwen shoppers for voting for The Friends of Darwen Cemetery"
Picture L to R Kirsty Entwistle (Community Coordinator), John East, Chair FODC, Stephanie Davies, Manager of the Darwen Asda Store.
FODC August 2012
Pat on the Back for Diane
Congratulations from all at the FODC to Diane Davieis who was awarded a "Pat on the Back Award" from Leader of BwD Council Leader Kate Holhern at a recent presentation event at Scholars Restaurant in Blackburn. Diane was nominated for her dedication and voluntary work developing the Friends " Adopt A War Grave" Scheme.
Cemetery Burial Registers: Volunteers required to
transcribe these registers.
This can be undertaken from home from images the
FODC can supply on CD.
Guidelines on how to complete the work will be supplied.
For information contact Tony Foster - firstname.lastname@example.org
Sample of the Burial Register RegisterAgreement
(downloadable PDF File) (downloadable PDF File)
Click on this link to go direct to the 2011 Archive Page
Click on this link to go direct to the 2010 Archive Page
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