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Today the Friends held their 19th annual AGM. Where has that time gone?

What a lovely morning with some of our supporters. It was made even better by cake and coffee (Provided by Vice Chairman Coral)  with a chance to chat and also a chance to thank members and everyone that supports us.

Our committee members are now:-

Chairman             Julia Griffin

Vice Chairman    Coral Howard

Secretary              Jane Edwards

Treasurer             Julian Pritchard

Philip Brown, Gill Price, Tricia Winspur, Lisa Fair and observer Malcolm Jacques. (Some of our committee members appear in the lead photograph. )

We have had a very busy year and trust that this will continue into what will next be our 20th anniversary AGM.


AGM 2024

The Friends are ’19’ this year and we will be holding our usual AGM but this year it will be back to an old venue as the Lodge at Brandwood End is out of use.


10.30 start– Usually the AGM lasts about 20 minutes and then the committee are available to chat and answer your questions.

(This is best accessed on foot from Kingsfield road opposite All Saints Church. Parking is available in Institute Road but there is a charge. The 50 bus and several others stop nearby on the High Street.)

Anyone with an interest is most welcome and we usually end with cake and tea/coffee !!

Volunteers keeping sites going.

Birmingham Open Spaces Forum, who collate the hours and tasks undertaken by Birmingham’s volunteers, have published their annual summary of work undertaken.

When you consider the financial position that Birmingham Council find themselves in, it really shows how much effort and time volunteers are putting in to shore up parks, cemeteries and other sites around the City. Without supervision and support by Park Rangers, Neighbourhood Action
Co-ordinators  and BOSF, much of this work would not have been possible.
Lets hope Birmingham Council understand the importance of maintaining the roles mentioned above because they are going to have to rely on volunteer services more and more.

B B W S Article.


Please see the information below with regards to the Birmingham Bereavement and Wellbeing Service. It is a long article but may be of interest to those who gave recently been bereaved. 

The Birmingham Bereavement & Wellbeing service is a FREE Service for Birmingham Citizens who have been Bereaved recently or experienced a bereavement in the past who are struggling with their loss. Please see below for further information about the service:

Birmingham Bereavement & Wellbeing service:

The Birmingham Bereavement & wellbeing service is to support citizens of Birmingham with being able to cope with the loss of their loved one and their Grief.

Who is the service for:

  • Citizens aged 18+ only
  • Birmingham Citizens Only
  • Citizens who have Recently became bereaved or have experienced a bereavement of a loved one (Child, friend, Neighbour, family member)

Type of support offered:

  • We have specialist Bereavement & Wellbeing officers who will speak with you to identify your support needs and offer a listening ear.
  • Confidential One-to-one support
  • Offer information, Advice & Guidance
  • Wellbeing support
  • Offer range of bespoke services to support the bereaved citizens for a 12 Week period.
  • Provide practical support Via the Telephone, Zoom, WhatsApp or Video calls.
  • Supporting to reduce the likelihood of the Citizen becoming socially isolated following the loss of their loved one.
  • Referrals and Signposting to other specialised services within Birmingham

The living Memory Project:

  • Living Memory is inviting participants who either care for or have cared for someone who is near their end of life or has passed away. Participants will have the opportunity to record either their own life story or that of their loved one alongside a set of their selected photographs, videos & Audio recordings. Each story will be published as a small professionally printed booklet that will be theirs to keep.

How Can a Citizens access the service:

We currently have No waiting list and can support individuals within their native languages if requested. I have also attached the leaflets and referrals for you to look at and share among clients, colleagues or someone you may know who will benefit from our service & support. if you would like to meet to Gain further information or potentially create a referral pathway to give Birmingham Citizens the best available support please let me know as we would like to meet with you.

I look forward to hearing from you soon

Kind Regards

Luke McCubbin

Project Coordinator

Tel: 0777 4077 588 / 0121 8095 902


  Supporting Citizens through loss and Bereavement


This year the Friends will be hosting several events at Brandwood End Cemetery. If you would like to reserve a place at any event or have any queries then please contact us by e mail on or phone 07811393259. All events are also listed on the National Heritage Open site and the Birmingham Heritage Open event site.

8th SEPTEMBER – FRIDAY – ZOOM TALK  Ian Binnie – 7.30pm-8.30pm – Gallipoli and Brandwood End (Ian is the Education Officer for the Gallipoli Association) He will also be on site Tuesday.

 12th SEPTEMBER – TUESDAY – GRAVES WALK  Ian Binnie – 11am-12pm – Gallipoli and Brandwood End – Start at the Lodge

 13th SEPTEMBER – WEDNESDAY – STORIES FROM THE STONES  FBEC Memorial / Headstone Inscription Recording – 1000am-1200pm –Assemble at The Lodge. Be part of this larger project to record inscriptions and condition of memorials on to a digital map, for future generations.

 15th SEPTEMBER – FRIDAY – LICHEN STROLL SESSIONS X 2   Shirley Hancock – 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-1500pm – Start at the Lodge. Learn more about the secret world of Lichen. It is everywhere but do we really know anything about it? (A magnifying device would be helpful but not essential)

 16th SEPTEMBER – SATURDAY – MEET THE FRIENDS (FBEC)1100am-1400pm – The Lodge –Maps of measured routes in the cemetery, children’s painted stones trail – colouring competition etc. Find out what the Friends have been doing and our future plans. Enjoy a chance to look through some of our extensive research. No need to book for this event just come along  and partake in a chat and tea/coffee- provided by ‘Chatty Chatty Brum Brum’.


Collaboration is the key to success.

It was great for members of the Friends to meet Chloe, Fran and Simon today in the cemetery. Its rare the team that manage Brandwood End get chance to leave Kings Norton and spend time discussing projects in Brandwood, as overseeing 5 cemeteries takes up most of their time.
We were meeting them to discuss a project suggested by a member of the public that we all agreed was very worthwhile so watch this space for more details.