Author: friendsofbec

A word of warning to members!

It appears there has been a resurgence of the previous spate of e mails being sent to you from ‘addressees’ you know, that are in fact spam.  Please take care. FBEC will only e mail you with information about our AGM/Newsletters/Special events.  We will always use a strap line clearly showing one of these and our name. We only e mail members who have given their consent to receive the above information via e mail and we still offer the facility to post AGM/Newsletter information as we know some of our members prefer this method.

This very annoying ‘spam’ practice  was prolific, but did seem to have died down. Always check that the e mail address the mail comes from is actually what it should be and not a very close fake! Never open attachments unless you are expecting them.

Usually, if it goes into your ‘spam folder’…….it should be there!!

KEEP SAFE- and just a little postcard to highlight the changes on the main drive of the cemetery over the years!

 

 

September 1st Litter Pick

As summer potentially draws to a close, why not join the Friends for possibly their last Litter Pick in the sunshine! 

Saturday 1st September 10- 11.30am. Meet at the Lodge.

Litter Pickers and bags provided, but we do advise stout shoes/boots and gloves. Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult.

Bereavement staff step up to the plate !!

Well done to two members of the Groundwork Team at Brandwood End who went above and beyond the call of duty. So much so that a member of the public felt the need to contact us direct, to make sure they were properly thanked.  The lady felt that their input changed what could have been a very upsetting day into a positive experience. She states that ‘They are clearly competent, caring and hard working members of staff.’  Well done to Aaron and Michael !!

Heritage Open Event 8th September

On the morning of Saturday 8th September between 10am and 1pm the Friends will be taking part in Heritage Open Week.

Please come along and join us. We will have plenty of  interesting items and displays and you can join one of our Grave Walks (numbers limited) highlighting the plight of ‘Labour Corps’ members who are buried and remembered in Brandwood End.

If you have any interesting memorabilia concerning the activities of local Suffragettes we would really love to see it !

Reminder of an interesting blog…

The blog via this link was written in 2014 on the Birmingham Conservation Trust Site but is still worth reading as a reminder. Very little has changed apart from the number of War Graves , as the number listed reflects purely those in ‘Commonwealth War Graves’ – Many are buried in family graves and more are discovered every year when we undertake our placing of Poppy Crosses. At this time we place in excess of 320 Crosses remembering the fallen. This years Remembrance Service will take place on Sunday November 11th starting at 10.50am.

Civilian Garden spic and span again.

Nesting is now over for this year- so we have been able to restore/cut the hedges in the Civilian Garden of Remembrance back to their neat and tidy state.

Our thanks to the staff from Idverde who have undertaken this task on our behalf. As  the hedge is now mature cutting and shaping it represents a major piece of work. It is now beyond the Friends so we rely on assistance to keep everything ship shape.

The Friends still cut and maintain the hedge in the adjacent small War Graves area.

 

Heritage Open Events 2018

Hi all, as you hopefully all know- the Friends will be working with Bereavement Services to host a morning Heritage Event in the Cemetery on September 8th commencing at 10am. The link below takes you to the official site where you can check out everything in your area and plan your week visiting Open Events. We are listed !!

https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting

Reasons for tree removal vindicated.

Things are often not what they seem….especially when it comes to trees. Our relatively healthy looking Poplars were hiding a potentially dangerous secret!

The ‘heartwood’, or centre of the trunks, on several trees was rotten. This is obviously something that can’t be seen by eye- but is one of the major things that the Tree Officer will have arranged to be tested. I photographed just a couple of examples…..but there were several.

I will also post some photos of the ‘kit’ and the felled trees as it was a hive of industry. It has opened up the back of the adjacent houses and must make a difference to their light?

Lets hope this great tree husbandry continues with the planting of interesting and suitable replacement trees in the not too distant future.