You are invited to the Friends of Darwen
Cemetery Summer Public Meeting
Saturday 22nd June from 2.00pm at the Whitehall Community Building, Whitehall Road, Darwen BB3 2LH
The meeting will be an informal get together for the public to be updated on
v what FODC have achieved over the past year
v our future plans
v displays and leaflets
v Trustees will be on hand to answer any questions
v Afternoon tea will be served in the Sensory Garden
v 3.30pm - a new Heritage Walk led by Tony Foster -
Some Darwen Women
(meet at the Ashton Memorial in Darwen Western Cemetery)
The FODC are proud that Rosemary has won
the award as we see the outstanding achievement she has made as our administrator.
We will be sorry to see her departure to Lincolnshire in
the near future as Len and her move to be near family.
John East, Chair said, "Without her efficiency and robust nature of keeping us all on track our achievements would be less.
Her contribution in setting up the Friends is outstanding and we owe her and Len our eternal thanks."
Rosemary Jackson is a co-founder of the Friends of Darwen Cemetery.
She has served as Secretory for the last three years. She has displayed total
commitment in a voluntary capacity bringing with her skills of minutes writing,
funding bid writing, administration and conducting herself with humour,
selflessness and a willingness to succeed in the task of restoring, renovating
Rosemary has secured a successful Award for All bid of
£10k in 2011 to restore a Nature Garden involving local children and schools.
She helped supervise the task which resulted in a mega 150 hours of
volunteer time in completing the task. She has earned the respect of both
local councillors, tradesmen, her fellow trustees and most of all the residents
of Darwen in her efficient and enthusiastic approach to this project.
Rosemary has even recruited her own daughter in Sydney
Australia to research graves, especially the only Australian solider buried in
Darwen Cemetery od which she and her husband Len have adopted.
She now has a well respected reputation of keeping everyone on task and supporting the work of the several individual task forces.
Rosemary serves as a reminder of what
we can all achieve with determination, humour, tenacity and community spirit which all proud to be Darreners.
FODC June 2013
A New Walk in the Cemetery
On Saturday 22nd June we will be having a new Heritage walk through the Cemetery.
On this walk we will be concentrating on the Women of Darwen buried in the Cemetery.
We will also be telling you the true story
of the White Lady.
Tony Foster has researched and collated the booklet and will be giving the tour.
The walk will start after our Cemetery Public Open Meeting which is being held in the Whitehall Park Community
Building on Whitehall Road, Darwen and starts at 2.00pm, we will be offering a range of refreshments before the Walk Starts.
The Cost is £2.00 for the walk and will include a copy of the booklet.
Click on the image to print out a poster
Click on this link to see other Walks we have done in the past
FODC May 2013
Mick looking as smart
as the Cemetery!
Dedication so what!!!
Now the cemetery is looking smarter our volunteers feel they have to smarten up there appearance when working in the cemetery.
FODC May 2013
Groundwork visit our Working Party
Young people from the Darwen Groundwork
Environment group joined us at Saturday's Working Party on 18th May.
Despite the wet weather they worked very hard (and then ate all the Kit Kats!)
We hope to see them again in better weather.
They were very interested in what we are trying to achieve and have
asked if they can adopt a War Grave.
Groundwork work with local communities to improve their quality of life on projects such as youth engagement, sustainable development training, healthy lifestyle schemes, mental health initiatives, fundraising, community consultation and heritage work.
They use the environment as a tool to help people make healthier choices and deliver improved social and economic prospects.
Groundwork Pennine Lancashire work with local communities on a wide range of projects to improve the quality of life throughout the region.
For information about the work of Groundwork in our area visit their websites or contact Lesley Hall, Youth Project Manager at Groundwork.
FODC May 2013
To read our 2013 AGM Chairmans Report and the Minutes of our General Meeting, held on the 24th April 2013
Our 2nd 70's 80's Disco Night
SORRY NO TICKETS
After our 1st 70's 80's night Iin 2011, Brian has agreed to host another,
on Saturday 6th June 2013
Our last 70's 80's night was so popular we ran
out of places, we also managed to raise £320.00 on the night,
so this year we have changed the venue to Bridge Street Sports & Social Club, formerly the ICI Club.
Tickets are £5.00 each and include a Potato Pie Supper.
Tickets are available either by ringing Diane on 07753 902649 or calling in to Audiotec, 193, Duckworth Street, Darwen.
Get your tickets early to avoid disappointment.
FODC May 2013
FODC Collects a Cheque from the last meeting of Darwen Civic Society
The Friends of Darwen Cemetery were one
of several local voluntary groups who received cheques at the final winding up
of Darwen Civic Society after 50 years.
Diane Davies received a cheque for £250.00 from the Civic Society chairman Sally Haworth.
The occasion also marked the launch of the Friends of Darwen Library's book on the life and times of Darwen artist James H Morton who was killed in the closing days of the Great War.
The book was edited by Harold Heys who is also pictured.
FODC April 2013
Lieutenant George Robert Craig M.C.44 Squadron
George Robert Craig MC, was born in Co. Durham and was the son of a Darwen doctor. I am sure the family home was up Whitehall Road. He was educated at Haileybury and joined the Lancashire Fusiliers' Public Schools' battalion soon after war broke out and when he was barely 17.
The following year he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the East Lancashire
He was awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry in France in June 1916. George Craig was later seconded to the Royal Flying Corps and it was while practising manoeuvres in a Sopwith Camel above Ilford in Essex that he was killed in August 1917. He was just 19 years old.
The Sopwith Camel was very difficult to fly. It was so called because of a hump shape behind the propeller. It had a nasty habit of suddenly stalling and it was probably this that led to Craig's death.
For the full story click on the below link
Link to G.R. Craig (External Website)
For a copy of our FODC War Grave sheet on G.R. Craig click on the below link
Link to G.R. Craig Document
To go direct to our War Grave Page click on the below link
War Graves Page
Thank you to Peter Craig and Harold Heys
FODC February 2013