Friends of Brandwood End Cemetery Restoration, conservation and respectful enjoyment of Brandwood End Cemetery and Chapels Tue, 02 Jun 2020 10:13:18 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Cancelled Litter Pick Tue, 02 Jun 2020 10:11:37 +0000 The Friends of Brandwood End Cemetery should have been holding their quarterly litter pick this Sunday coming but, under the present circumstances, we have decided to cancel it. It is probable that it would involve a group of more than 6 people, most of whom would fall into vulnerable categories! We hope to be able to ask for your support for our next litter pick on Saturday 5th September.

Members of the committee will be visiting the cemetery as and when possible and litter picking but fortunately, due to lockdown and reduced visitors, there is very little litter.

If you are visiting a grave can we ask you to remove any flower paper from flowers you may be leaving and take it with you. As the flowers dry in the sun they become light weight and the wind carries the paper around the cemetery.

If you are leaving artificial flowers please ensure they are well secured, as in high winds these blow around the area and then get cut by the ride on movers into confetti !

Finally, can we ask you not to leave any unattended lighted candles, even in jars, whilst everywhere is tinder dry.

The Friends thank you for helping them keep Brandwood End a welcoming and safe place for all.

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Wildlife making themselves known ! Tue, 02 Jun 2020 09:52:55 +0000 Munjac Deer have been making themselves known in and around the area of the cemetery and the pool. They were heard more than seen a lot in the past, but sightings have been rare of late. The deer you can see in the picture below is a Roe deer and is considerably larger with a longer neck and a distinctive white rump- but several years ago one of these was spotted and photographed in the cemetery by Dean our Ranger. How it got there, we have no idea but it is unlikely we will see one again! (The female does not have the antlers that appear here)

The Muntjac is much smaller, similar size to a Labrador dog, and can be recognised in the cemetery at night by it’s distinctive single ‘bark’. In the last week there have been close encounters during daylight with one by Brandwood Pool and also in the cemetery. Wildlife is enjoying lockdown, with reduced footfall making them more inclined to be about in daylight hours in this relatively urban area. Lets hope someone can get a photo of one ……but they are very quick!


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Remembering Dunkirk. Tue, 26 May 2020 10:21:58 +0000 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.


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Movement for Good- fundraiser. Wed, 20 May 2020 20:50:21 +0000 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
One charity nomination per person
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. 


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New Royal Mail Stamps Sun, 10 May 2020 10:27:47 +0000 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.

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VE Day-75 Thu, 07 May 2020 22:07:11 +0000 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.


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Additional Cemetery Opening Tue, 05 May 2020 18:10:47 +0000 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.

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Cemetery in bloom Sun, 03 May 2020 16:33:47 +0000  




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.


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Staff go above and beyond at Brandwood End. Sun, 03 May 2020 16:21:22 +0000 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.


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New trees already displaying blossom. Sun, 03 May 2020 16:04:52 +0000 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 !





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