Author: Jane Edwards

Sad farewell to Aaron, following his re-deployment

It is with great sadness today that we say goodbye to the Site Foreman at Brandwood End, who has been redeployed to Quinton Cemetery.

Aaron has been a great support to the Friends in all their activities over the last 13 years and enabled us to carry out many projects that have enhanced and improved the Cemetery as well as infusing Bereavement Services reduced budget!. He will be sadly missed, but we welcome Tony who has travelled the other way….from Quinton, and trust that we will enjoy an equally mutually beneficial relationship in practical matters.

Great work at yesterdays Litter Pick.

Eight supporters joined together to take part in a very productive litter pick in the cemetery yesterday.  The ‘March’ litter pick always produces lots of wind blown litter and that proved to be the case this year with 20 bags being collected!

Maybe it is the exceptional weather but everyone was amazed at the beautiful display of blossom at what seemed like an early time of the year.

 

Our thanks to those that turned out to help and we look forward to hopefully seeing you all again in June.

 

Litter Pick tomorrow…….

 

This is the final reminder that we will be holding our usual LITTER PICK tomorrow and everyone is welcome. This event is part of the annual event organised by Keep Britain Tidy, but we are holding it on our usual first weekend in March.

Saturday 2nd March 10am-11.30am. All welcome. Stout footwear and gloves advised. Litter pickers and bags provided. Meet at the Lodge on the main drive.

(We may not be quite as festive as we were in December !!)

Appeal…………

The Friends of Brandwood End Cemetery are continually looking for people with a genuine interest in the cemetery to join our committee. Maybe the buildings interest you, or the wildlife, the trees or the history within its burials. Maybe its the resting place of members of your family or maybe you just enjoy the peaceful surroundings? Every time a new member joins our committee we widen our interest and increase our knowledge. Without new blood…we will stagnate! Please consider if you could spare 90 minutes, once a month and occasionally support events. So many of you who comment on this page obviously feel passionately about Brandwood End and we need to harness your passion.If you would like to know more…maybe you would like to come and see what we do at our committee meetings before you commit? We would love to meet you. Please e mail us at ….   friendsofbec@gmail.com

The 15th of Shevat

Whilst tree planting this week we were reminded by a member of our Jewish Community that Monday is an especially tree related day in their faith.

‘The 15th of Shevat’ on the Jewish calendar—celebrated this year on Monday, January 21, 2019—is the day that marks the beginning of a “new year” for trees.

Commonly known as Tu Bishvat, this day marks the season in which the earliest-blooming Sweet Almond trees in the Land of Israel emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle.

Members of the Jewish Community mark the ’15th of Shevat’ by eating fruit, particularly from the kinds that are singled out by the Torah in its praise of the bounty of the Holy Land: grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates.

On this day we remember that “man is a tree of the field”