Hopefully you are reading this on our spanking new web site ! We were advised that it needed a general update as many people now view by phone and pad and our old site wasn’t that friendly !
Lots has been happening but just to start you off….how about a lovely photo….
We had some lovely entries to our colouring competition at today’s event and the efforts of the two winners are shown below. Well done girls and each will get a small prize.
The blog via this link was written in 2014 on the Birmingham Conservation Trust Site but is still worth reading as a reminder. Very little has changed apart from the number of War Graves , as the number listed reflects purely those in ‘Commonwealth War Graves’ – Many are buried in family graves and more are discovered every year when we undertake our placing of Poppy Crosses. At this time we place in excess of 320 Crosses remembering the fallen. This years Remembrance Service will take place on Sunday November 11th starting at 10.50am.
APPEAL FOR HELP- Perhaps now is a good opportunity to make an appeal for help within the cemetery. The Friends have many members nationally with an interest in Brandwood End but only about 10 people that help us physically on site, and we are all time limited ! We have a raft of projects we would like to undertake- from clearing Ivy from grave areas, removing Holly self setters, clearing brambles, maintaining the Civilian Garden (For which we are responsible) to- researching graves, placing Poppy Crosses, washing section markers, litter picking,……the list goes on ! What we lack is ‘man power’ (or women power!) –We are all getting older and WE NEED HELP. Please message us via this site or e mail us on email@example.com
Please think about joining the Friends to help maintain this fantastic green space. Yes, BCC has ultimate responsibility but lack of funding means that they have very limited resources. The Friends can often access grants not available to them to undertake work to improve the environment. Many of the improvements we try to make only take ‘people’ to make them happen.
It is with great sadness that we report the sudden death of Barbara Johnson who was known to many of us for her work with BARRA(www.birminghamairraids.co.uk).
Barbara died on May 30th and our thoughts are with her family and close friends.
I am sure everyone is well aware of the problems faced by residents around Birmingham during the recent exceptional flash floods. Locally residents in two roads adjacent to the cemetery were amongst those affected. The cemetery represents a large expanse of land slightly above the level of those two roads so in some locations residents were subject to a deluge of floodwater during this unbelievably heavy downpour.
It is exceptionally difficult to know what to do about this issue but whilst investigations are ongoing you may, when visiting the cemetery, see sandbags along the boundary roads as a temporary mitigation measure. Bereavement Services Department will keep us updated.
I am sure FBEC members must be aware of the changes that have been implemented related to privacy and data control. You can rest assured that FBEC have already put measures in place to comply with this new legislation but it is complex and we may need to contact all our paying members in future via e mail or letter. Please do answer our request if you wish to maintain a relationship with FBEC.
Our thanks, from the Committee of the Friends of Brandwood End Cemetery.
The Friends new Chairman, Julia Griffin, spent a warm few hours in the Cemetery, waiting to greet a group of walkers led by the Ranger…..but it was a no show, maybe due to heat, as they all ducked out!! Never mind, she spent her time taking these lovely photos.