Barrie Simpson

At the AGM today we were able to remind ourselves of the time we had all spent with the late Barrie Simpson.

Barrie was a larger than life character and had such a profound effect on Brandwood End Cemetery and every member of our committee. He will be missed by many and we are all so proud to have worked alongside him.  We do have some information concerning funeral arrangements:-

Wednesday 2nd May.    12.15pm Service at All Saints Church, Vicarage Rd, Kings Heath

2.00pm- Redditch Crematorium, Bordesley Lane B97 6RR


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Successful AGM and election of a new Chairman.

Our thanks to those members who came to our AGM today as the weather was really miserable!  As well as giving us the opportunity to bring members up to date with finances and events it also gave us the chance  to give some thought to the time we had all spent with the late Barrie Simpson.

At today’s AGM we were able to ask members to vote in Officers and a Committee to serve till next year. Our existing Chairman, who had also retained her role as Secretary, was able to pass control to a new Chairman and go back to concentrating on just one job as Secretary!!(Welcome Julia!) Here are the details of the next years Officers and Committee.

Chairman– Julia Griffin      Vice Chairman- Coral Howard   Secretary- Jane Edwards Treasurer and Membership Secretary- Julian Pritchard.

Committee members- Carola Klein, Philip Brown, Brian Rai, Adrian Harris, Sarah Courbet, Nicola Clarke (Idverde)




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Annual AGM.

Annual AGM

Those with an interest in Brandwood End Cemetery are cordially invited to a ‘Coffee and Cake’ morning to be held in the conference room of St Dunstan’s Church, Kingsfield Rd, Kings Heath. (Opposite All Saints Village Square) on the morning of Thursday 12th April at 10.30.

We will be holding a short AGM at the start of this meeting when we will present our annual accounts and report on our work in Brandwood End Cemetery.

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R I P Barrie Simpson.

It is with regret that we have to announce the sudden passing of our deeply respected long term friend and colleague, Barrie Simpson, whom we all held in great regard.  

He was such an integral member of FBEC that his loss will be very keenly felt, but he will continue to live on in our thoughts especially when working in the cemetery.

Of late we have observed Barrie’s decline, but his ability to find ways of communicating at committee meetings revealed his continuing perseverance and determination to be engaged in what he held dear. The photograph above is how we will all remember Barrie !

As this wonderful man passes from our lives to being indelibly marked on our minds and in our hearts, we are all reminded of the massive hole he leaves in FBEC.


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Another type of ‘Spring Clean’.

As we litter picked today we noticed that the poppy wreaths had gone from the Cross of Sacrifice. Why and where to……..?

Then we opened our eyes and realised that the Cross and the side walls had all been cleaned, hence the removal of the wreaths. Well done to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission for restoring these beautiful items to their former glory.







These photographs don’t do them justice, but the daffodil bulbs that the Friends planted around the memorial walls are in full bloom. We also spotted the beautiful flower filled grave areas below.








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Great British Spring Clean Results!!

A big thank you to all our supporters who turned out to help at our litter pick today, especially local Councillors and staff from Idverde (who came complete with a truck to remove the 27 bags of litter we collected).

After 90 minutes we had collected a surprising amount of litter, mainly from the edges of the cemetery and sadly a fair bit of it had been thrown over garden fences from adjacent houses!

If your garden backs onto Brandwood End Cemetery please DO NOT throw your disguarded Christmas trees, building waste and soiled nappies over your fence into our beautiful cemetery. It is not pleasant having to collect your waste……but collect it, we did!

Well done everyone!!

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Today is the day!

Dry weather, so far….. so hope to see a few of you in the cemetery at 10am for our Great British Spring Clean litter pick.

FBEC Litter Pick volunteers

FBEC Litter Pick volunteers

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Interesting article.

This Cemetery Friends Group are in a slightly different situation to us, but this is interesting!

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New date for Great British Spring Clean- LITTER PICK

Pleased to say our litter pick that was cancelled due to snow is now back in the diary!


Please join the Friends in this ‘Keep Britain Tidy’ annual Litter Pick.  We will provide the pickers and the bags, but you will need stout footwear and gloves. Meet on the main drive near the Lodge. (Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult)




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 We are afraid that the severe weather conditions would make it foolhardy to carry on with the litter pick planned for this Saturday 3rd March, in the Cemetery. FBEC will be rearranging, so watch this space. Such a shame as there were so many ‘Great British Spring Clean’ events scheduled around the country. We fear that the combination of snow and the wind chill factor have defeated us. Take care.

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