The Friends had hoped to meet the Cabinet Member responsible for Cemeteries today for an official look around the Chapels again for the second time, but it was postponed till later this year.
Accompanied by the staff, who have worked very hard to clean up and organise the damaged contents, we had a better view this time as we had lighting! Through this screen mourners would have been able to see the coffin in the ‘coffin chamber’, delivered here by the Funeral Directors. In more recent times the coffin sat on rails within the main chapel, amongst the mourners (the rails are still visible).
You can see the many photographs we took via this link.
It is now possible to see the actual extent of damage is no where near as severe as originally thought. Both roofs are now sound.
It was very heartening to hear the interest the staff have and their hopes to keep making small improvements that may, one day soon, allow the public supervised access.
What would the Friends like to see as the next step…..
Perspex on the window apertures instead of boards ! Watch this space. Thanks again to Dawn and her team, especially Alan for his persistent cleaning, sweeping and stacking of items that were scattered around after the original fire.
The photographs below, taken today, show how welcoming flowers can be to an area. The first shows the entrance to the now unused Lodge on the main drive. The second is a small area of the Civilian Garden of Remembrance.
We need to get in and do a bit of weeding….but generally it looks lovely and we must thank the BCC grounds maintenance team for the excellent job they have done in reducing the hedge height and keeping it in check for us.
Our adjacent sister site, Brandwood Pool and Pocket Park, has been suffering a lengthy spate of anti social behaviour accompanied by severe littering issues.
This normally peaceful wildlife haven has become a magnet for drug dealers and takers as they have been moved off from other areas. The Police are aware but seem unable to do much to eradicate the issue. The Friends of the Pool hope to hold a community litter pick next week so watch this space for a date and time.
The chapels are being included in a visit by the Cabinet Member to Brandwood End next week.
Councillor Sharon Thompson has responsibility of Cemeteries and Crematoria in her portfolio and seems to be making a point of visiting all of the sites.
The Friends are looking forward to getting a second chance to have a look inside the Chapel buildings following a make safe and roofing project. We know its a mess inside, but at least now it is a dry, waterproof, pigeon proof mess!! Hopefully the Cabinet Member will be joining us and we are interested in her thoughts.
The Friends grabbed the chance to tidy up the hedge surrounding a small Commonwealth War Graves area before the rain started again!
Before and after. All that is needed are a couple of hours to spare and a few willing hands!!
We have several hundred War Graves in Brandwood End and neither ourselves nor Bereavements Services staff can find an explanation as to why these 8 graves are not dispersed within the cemetery like the others. There have been many theories but all have proved incorrect. No one knows……unless you know different??
All these fantastic flowers are creating their own display in the cemetery today!
Were you an avid watcher of ‘Line of Duty’? How close did you watch it? Did you spot Brandwood End’s key role?
I bet the answer to that last question was…..No. Well here you can see what you missed. Series 1 episode 4. (Funeral scene)
We managed to do the bulk of our litter pick before the rain started but a good job was done by all !!
It is noticeable that we now find mainly wind blown flower paper and nowhere as much real ‘litter’ A reminder to everyone to please remove the cellophane/ paper if leaving flowers!
I am afraid we are still spotting residents, backing on to the cemetery, tossing their garden rubbish over their fences into the grounds. Please stop it!!
Our late Spring Litter Pick takes place this Sunday 2nd June. Please come along and support the Friends as we check all the hidden nooks and crannies of the Cemetery for wind blown litter. After an exceptionally windy Winter we find areas where litter collects, often out of view but this is our last chance to remove it before the foliage hides it for another season. Gloves and suitably stout footwear recommended but we provide the pickers and bags. (Children under 16 welcome but they must be with an adult)
Meet on the main drive by the lodge at 10am. We finish at 11.30 but any time you can spare is appreciated.
The Friends have produced a short article about D Day, a link to which is included below. It will be 75 years ago on June 5th that this momentous event took place. We do hope you take the time to read it.
FBEC – D DAY (1)PDF