We hate to remind everyone, but thoughts of Christmas will soon occupy many peoples minds. Can we remind you that if you will be buying anything from Amazon you can help FBEC !
On this page, at the top- to the right, is a square marked Amazon Books, shop now. If you click on this it will link to the Amazon site. It costs you nothing….except an extra click, but FBEC will receive a small donation from Amazon ! Please go via our site to Amazon and help the Friends.
Despite being cut back hard a few months ago, the hedge surrounding the small Commonwealth War Grave area had developed a some what wild look.
We have given it a very quick top cut to make it look tidy in readiness for our Heritage Open Event next Saturday the 8th, but it will have to wait till much later in the year for another good cut back . Its great to see this young hedge thriving!
Five of the Friends today enjoyed the sunshine whilst collecting seven….and a half bags of litter from within the cemetery. Most of it came from 2 spots on the boundary and generally we found that there was very little litter and what there was consisted mainly of flower paper and various items that had been blown off graves. Our thanks again to the same few who turn up time and time again to help keep the cemetery looking tidy.
Can we ask you again, that if you place silk flowers on a grave can you please make sure they are well secured- and can you remove paper from fresh flowers, as when they die the paper just blows about in the wind.
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!
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.
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 !!
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 !
The top two photos show cross sections of a couple of the Poplars removed along the Broad Lane boundary. The log pile represents the trees that have been removed and cut into sections. All of these logs will be chipped and used as Biomass to fuel power stations- nothing will be wasted.
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.