Author: Jane Edwards

2020 Litter Pick Dates

Please note these dates in your diary. The Friends will be in Brandwood End at 10am till 11.30am on each day with bags and litter pickers and we hope some of you will join us to help keep Brandwood End looking spic and span.

Sat 7th March,

Sunday 7th June,

Sat 5th September,

Sun 6th December.

Meet outside the Lodge on the main drive. Our March event will be part of the national Keep Britain Tidy campaign.

Recent storm damage could have been worse!

Locally in Kings Heath there was a fair amount of damage caused by the recent storm, so it was with some trepidation that Ground Staff in the cemetery made their Monday morning site inspection.

Lots of small branches littering the site were removed, but the larger tree shown above will take a little more time! Luckily it is in an area away from roads and pathways but until it is removed it is difficult to see if grave stones have been damaged.

Polish War Graves remembered

Just prior to Remembrance Sunday, the Friends placed Polish flags on 2 adjacent War Graves in Brandwood End. We were especially pleased to tell members that the flags had come all the way from Poland , brought back for us by a Polish National.

You can imagine how heartened we were when we visited those graves earlier this week and found that both now had ribbons encircling them.

We would love to get in touch with the Polish community and those involved in this act of Remembrance. If anyone knows who we can contact, please can you e mail us on friendsofbec@gmail.com

A January date for your diary,

Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and the 25th anniversary of the Genocide in Bosnia.

                The theme for 2020 is ‘Stand Together’.

 Today there is increasing division in communities across the UK and the world. Now more than ever, we need to stand together with others in our communities in order to stop division and the spread of identity-based hostility in our society.

Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz – this is a significant milestone and is made particularly poignant by the dwindling number of survivors who are able to share their testimony.

It also marks the 25th anniversary of the Genocide in Bosnia.

 HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY FALLS INTERNATIONALLY ON JANUARY 27TH

 

Welcome to 2020.

Well, here we are….2020 ! Can we wish all our followers, supporters and members a very Happy New Year.

2019 has seen lots of steps forward for the Friends, especially in relation to the Chapels. It is to be hoped that we can maintain the momentum and bring these beautiful buildings back to the notice of the public.

Councillor Sharon Thompson and members of Bereavement Service staff recently had the chance to inspect the inside of these buildings with the Friends and we all agreed that 2020 should be the year we try to find a use for this beautiful  structure.