The Friends of Brandwood End Cemetery (FBEC) arose from a deep genuine community interest in maintaining this historic landscaped late Victorian Cemetery, which is also a valued green open space within an urban setting. FBEC officially commenced its activities following an Inaugural Meeting on the 21st July 2005, when its constitution was agreed and an Executive Committee elected by a well attended public meeting.
It has the full non-political support of the local Birmingham City Councillors for the area and is a registered charity, number 1114333.
The objects of The Friends are: to promote for the benefit of the local community and others, the restoration, conservation and respectful enjoyment of Brandwood End Cemetery and Chapels, including: monuments, buildings, records, green spaces, adjacent pool and allotments and overall environment.
There are a number of ways you can help the Friends and really make a difference to Brandwood End Cemetery. You could donate a couple of hours and help out on our bi-monthly litter picks – it is a great way to meet new people and get some fresh air.
You could become a Friend and in return you will get regular newsletters, updates on project progress, news of events and get the chance to really make a difference.
- £6 per person;
- £3 for unwaged; and,
- £20 for a society membership.
Now that we are a Registered Charity (No 1114333) you may also opt to make your donation under the Gift Aid Scheme, as long as you pay Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax at least equal to the tax that the charity reclaims on your donation in the appropriate tax year (following the last Budget the Chancellor reduced the amount we can claim back from him from 28p to 25p for each £1 you give).
However that still means if you Gift Aid your subscription it becomes worth £7-50 with the government contributing £1-50 to your £6.
THE FRIENDS AND THEIR RESEARCH OF GRAVES.
One of the important areas of our activities as the Friends is to research the history behind graves within Brandwood End. Every grave holds a story and so does its Headstone. At the moment we are taking part in a long term, project managed by Caring for Gods Acre and funded by Historic England, recording the inscriptions on Headstones and the condition of that stone.
We have extensive information that we have researched on various graves that we display at open days but also intend to supply links to this information so members of the public can read at their leisure.