Quarterly Litter Pick.

Litter Pick- Sunday 3rd June-10.00 start . Why not come along and join the Friends at their quarterly clear up in the cemetery. We will supply litter picks and bags but need you to come in stout footwear and we recommend gloves as well.

Meet at the Lodge on the main drive and hopefully enjoy a sunny stroll !

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Flood Mitigation in Brandwood End.

I am sure everyone is well aware of the problems faced by residents around Birmingham during the recent exceptional flash floods. Locally residents in two roads adjacent to the cemetery were amongst those affected. The cemetery represents a large expanse of land slightly above the level of those two roads so in some locations residents were subject to a deluge of  floodwater during this unbelievably heavy downpour.

It is exceptionally difficult to know what to do about this issue but whilst investigations are ongoing you may, when visiting the cemetery, see sandbags along the boundary roads as a temporary mitigation measure. Bereavement Services Department will keep us updated.

 

 

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GDPR- Data Protection

I am sure FBEC members must be aware of the changes that have been implemented related to privacy and data control. You can rest assured that FBEC have already put measures in place to comply with this new legislation but it is complex and we may need to contact all our paying members in future via e mail or letter. Please do answer our request if you wish to maintain a relationship with FBEC.

As for our web site- you can see a copy of our updated Privacy Policy on this site.

Our thanks, from the Committee of the Friends of Brandwood End Cemetery.

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Main drive in the Cemetery looks so colourful !

We couldn’t resist some more beautiful views along the main drive today ! All at once the trees are green and the shrubs are in flower.  Even our refurbished beds in the Civilian Garden of Remembrance look a picture!

 

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Tree work underway

Those of you that visit the cemetery may have noticed that recently some of the driveways were hard to travel along in a vehicle, as low branches had become a hazard.

This was especially true along the avenue of Redwoods, where the trees were crowding each other out and there was reduced light.  The Tree Officer has instigated a programme of removal of the lower branches (Crown lifting) throughout the cemetery and the photograph above shows what a remarkable difference can be made by more space and more light. One side of the avenue has been completed and hopefully the other side will follow soon.

NOTE- You may see a Tree Survey Officer in the Cemetery as BCC are completing their five yearly safety check of trees.

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Rhododendrons in bloom in Brandwood End

The Friends new Chairman, Julia Griffin, spent a warm few hours in the Cemetery, waiting to greet a group of walkers led by the Ranger…..but it was a no show, maybe due to heat, as they all ducked out!! Never mind, she spent her time taking these lovely photos.

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Farewell to Barrie Simpson

Today The Friends said goodbye to our much loved founder member, Barrie Simpson. The village square at All Saints Church in Kings Heath was full to capacity, as friends and colleagues waited for the arrival of his Funeral Cortege, complete with Police outriders and motor cycle followers. The service offered the opportunity for several people to share their memories of Barrie, who had packed more into his life than many could ever hope to. It also was an opportunity to recall, with humour, what a maverick personality he was. Anyone who met him will never forget the experience. RIP Barrie. Without your input FBEC would not have been where we are today.

                          

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Cutting down illicit entry after hours!

 

Interesting to learn from local people that this grit bin was being used as an after hours form of entry to the cemetery ! It has now been moved!! One step….two step…and over! We also understand that the dark area adjacent to the gates is playing host to a collection of undesirables after hours so we have asked for the light nearby be repaired and operational. Fingers crossed. Our thanks to our neighbouring site, Woodthorpe Allotments, for pointing this out!

     
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Annual BOSF(Birmingham Open Spaces ) Conference

This years BOSF Conference took on a different look as the two afternoon sessions meant that members had the chance to learn more about, and take part in, different activities carried out in Parks. The morning session involved speakers from several organisations  and also gave delegates the chance of having ‘just a minute’ to champion their own group. The venue this year was also a change from the norm and being held at The Mac in Cannon Hill made it easy for our Chairman and Secretary to attend!

                                  

Afternoon practical sessions varied from learning about the technical equipment that the Tree Officers use to determine the health/stability of a tree to learning about green wood working. Also available were workshops to help with event organisation and health and safety assessment.

BOSF Conferences offer individual Friends groups the chance to get together and network…..as well as offering a hearty lunch and cake !!

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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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