Month: December 2014

Cemetery looking good over Christmas period.

The Friends were pleased to see that the Cemetery was looking very clean, tidy and welcoming over the Christmas period. A number of local people have also commented on this and we have received similar praise on our Facebook page. Thank you Bereavement Services staff for that little bit of extra effort….it was noticed!!

The snowdrops have made their appearance again!!

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Seasons Greetings to all our supporters.

Christmas is almost upon us and the committee of Friends of Brandwood End Cemetery would like to wish all our supporters ‘Seasons Greetings’. Although we seem to have made no progress with the Chapels in 2014, due to the financial constraints being experienced by Birmingham City Council, we have never the less been busy on other projects in the cemetery. Can we thank Bereavement Services staff for their co operation, our project sponsors and all of the volunteers who have worked alongside us. Thank you all again and we look forward, hopefully, to more progress in 2015.


Choking Ivy removed from historic graves.

Our thanks to the committee members and volunteers who turned out to help remove the Ivy from some 0f the historic graves near the Chapels last weekend. We are only able to do this at certain prescribed times each year as the Ivy provides nesting areas for some of our beautiful birds from the spring onwards. A special thank you to the volunteers from Alvechurch who gave up their time to help committee members.

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Transformed……from the overgrown view on the left to the cleared area on the right!!

The sad news is that this needs to be done often and it only seems like yesterday that it was cleared before!  Our thanks again for everyone’s efforts.

Hectic start to last litter pick of 2014!

Great to see 6 keen volunteers at our final litter pick this year. We have to say that we have experienced much worse weather for this final clean up in Brandwood End, but 2014 weather has been unusual all year round!

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Can we remind anyone leaving flowers at family graves to remove the paper before doing so, and place it in one of the bins. Also if you are leaving silk flowers can you make sure they are thoroughly secured on the grave are as they often blow out on to grass areas and then are shredded by the ride on mowers, creating lots of multicoloured pieces of litter.

Last litter pick of 2014!

This will be the last weekend in 2014 that the Friends will be holding a Litter Pick and clean up in the Cemetery. The details are as follows:-

Meet by the Lodge on the main drive. 10am (Usually finished by 11.30am)

Sunday 7th December. Litter pickers and sacks provided but suitable shoes and gloves advisable.

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If Litter Picking is not up your street, we always have plenty of weeding to do under the hedges in the Civilian Garden of Remembrance. You will have to bring your own tools for this task.