Between the 26th of May and the 4th of June 1940 over 300,000 British and allied troops were evacuated through the combined efforts of the Royal Navy and 700 ‘Little Ships’. The evacuation was ultimately a success rescuing a far greater number than the 45,000 expected. In excess of 330,000 troops made it home.
Please follow this link to the Royal British Legion site for an insight to the events from those involved.
Please nominate FBEC to receive a £1,000 award by using the link below. 500 selected charities will each receive a £1,000 award.
Type in the charity number on the form: 1114333 to make a nomination
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The current awards phase ends Sunday 24th May.
Our thanks to Ged Hickman for starting the ball rolling on facebook with nominations for the Friends of Brandwood End Cemetery. He even kindly has provided everyone with our Charity Number.
Please click on the link and nominate us.
To mark the 75th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War, the UK Royal Mail has created a set of 12 stamps to reflect the mixed emotions people felt as news of the war’s end became known. Collectively the stamps cover the concepts of Celebration; Return and Remembrance.
We thought this information may be of interest for some of our followers.
This year we are commemorating 75 years since the end of the Second World War.
VE Day took place on 8 May 1945, the day after Nazi Germany surrendered. It marked the end of nearly six years of conﬂict in Europe during which time many thousands of people had contributed to the war effort and served their country.
For many, VE Day was a day of celebration. Bunting was hung in the streets and people danced with friends and neighbours. Many people gathered outside Buckingham Palace to catch a glimpse of King George VI, who gave a radio broadcast at 9.00pm, and the future Queen Elizabeth II.
However, for some it was a day of mixed emotions. Many people had lost friends or family members to the conﬂict and were grieving. Meanwhile, the conﬂict in the Far East continued and many people were still serving overseas. Japan did not surrender until 15 August 1945 when VJ Day (Victory over Japan Day) was announced.
Brandwood End contains one hundred WW2 Military graves, as recorded by the Commonweath War Graves Commission. These graves are generally marked with similar headstones that are easily recognisable.
We also have a large number of civilian graves, as there were many bombing raids across the City. Some civilians lie in family graves but many are buried in our Civilian Garden of Remembrance.
Every year, in the weeks running up to Remembrance Sunday, the Friends and supporters place Poppy Crosses on 350+ graves in the cemetery, to remember those lost in conflicts from WW1 to present day.
Please note- There are additional opening hours for this Bank Holiday- Friday the 8th May.
Brandwood End will be open from 9am till 4pm Friday Kings Norton will be open from 1-6pm Friday.
Normal opening for Brandwood End remains 4.30-6.30pm weekdays and Noon till 4pm Weekends, but is subject to change at short notice.
Please spread the information about Friday to anyone you think may be considering a visit.
All these beautiful blooms were photographed today in the cemetery. A sure sign that spring has sprung and summer is on it’s way. Too soon the blossoms will fall and create a carpet of flowers along the roadways.
Longstanding invasive ivy has been cleared from the walls, guttering and behind the window Perspex screens of the Lodge on our Main Drive.
The rear garden and boundary hedge has been cleared and replanted.
This is a real improvement to this side of the building and yet again gives another example of the ‘above and beyond’ efforts made by Tony Purcell and his Brandwood Cemetery team of Ground Staff . Thank you gentlemen and well done.
*Can we make it clear that this has been a long term project started before lockdown, and a labour of love undertaken in their own time. At present everyone is concentrating on essential work so similar projects are all on hold.
What a difference six months makes!
On the 27th Nov 2019 during National Tree Week, the Friends were joined on site by the Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands (John Crabtree) along with his wife Mrs. Diana Crabtree and pupils from year 6 at St. Alban’s Catholic Primary School.
The planting event was organised by Birmingham Trees for Life Charity and the Friends – part of a planting of 10 more trees as part of our on-going replacement tree project.
Today’s picture shows just one of these 10 beautiful trees- Browers Beauty – Malus Toringo- now in full blossom !
We are pleased to report that our Chairman had reason to go into the cemetery today and found the grass was now cut and all looking good. Can we add another thought here, that due to financial cuts we are sure that Birmingham has reduced their cutting regime in Parks and Cemeteries. As grass cutting has just commenced this will be the first season in 2020 that this change will be noticeable. The plus side is that this cutting schedule is beneficial to flora and fauna.
CHANGE TO CEMETERY OPENING TIMES
Access will remain between 4.30-6.30pm weekdays, but weekend opening will now be 12 noon – 4pm only.