Friends of Brandwood End Cemetery Restoration, conservation and respectful enjoyment of Brandwood End Cemetery and Chapels Tue, 03 Dec 2019 19:48:00 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Thank you to all our collaborators. Tue, 03 Dec 2019 19:48:00 +0000 This Web site and our Facebook page always receive so many interesting and positive stories and comments about Brandwood End Cemetery.

We are so excited to realise that many other people are as fascinated by the varied interesting aspects of the cemetery as we are.

A special thank you to Gary Staples and Andrew Thornton for sharing their photographs and research with the Friends. With contributions from  Balsall Heath Local History Society, Moseley History Society and members of Kings Heath Local History Society we are now amassing a great archive of information featuring those, less well known but none the less important people who are buried or remembered in Brandwood End. Thank you all for sharing.

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Last 6 bags of 2019 Litter! Sun, 01 Dec 2019 22:08:00 +0000 Today, despite the cold, the Friends and several volunteers managed to collect what will be the last litter collection of 2019. Well done to everyone and thank you to all those who have turned out to help the Friends, and the City,  keep Brandwood End litter free. Just a few lovely late Autumn photographs below…….

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Tree Information Thu, 28 Nov 2019 21:15:12 +0000 For those of you who have an interest in trees, these are the latest editions to the cemetery…….

10 standards:

2 x Malus baccata ‘Street Parade’ (crab apple)

2 x Quercus palustris (Pin oak)

2 x Liquidambar styraciflua Worplesdon (Sweet gum)

2 x Liriodendron tulipifera (Tulip tree)

2 x Prunus ‘Accolade’ (Flowering cherry)

Look them all up on the magnificent ‘google’- they are all really beautiful and interesting trees.

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What a wet, wet, wet Tree Planting. Wed, 27 Nov 2019 15:44:09 +0000 Year 6 pupils from St Albans R C Primary took part in a fantastic tree plant in the Cemetery today and despite the rain….a good time was enjoyed by all. Our thanks to Birmingham Trees for Life for organising this planting event, to replace some of the aged ‘Poplars’ felled recently.

Birmingham Trees for Life had lots of assistance today as they were joined by the Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands- John Crabtree and his wife, who came well prepared to plant alongside the pupils.

Our local Councillor, Mike Leddy, popped along and  a gaggle of Tree Officers also made an appearance!!

Our thanks to everyone at BTFL for continuing with this tree replacement project and the Tree Officers, local Ranger Dean and BCC Woodland Team for making this all possible. Following the event everyone enjoyed a ‘warm up’ in the Lodge with drinks and biscuits.

As they made their way back to school, Ranger Dean led a short Tree Walk for pupils with lots of interesting information. Despite the miserable weather we all had a lovely morning and the cemetery now has 10 more interesting standard trees along its boundary.

Our thanks to Bereavement Services staff and the ‘Friends’ who also supported this event.


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Reminder- the last Litter Pick of 2019. Mon, 25 Nov 2019 23:32:28 +0000 On Sunday 1st December we will be holding our last litter pick of 2019.

Please come along and support us. We have the litter pickers and the bags- we just need the volunteers. Meet at the Lodge on the main drive at 10am. Remember you will need stout footwear !

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Tree Planting with Birmingham Trees for Life Mon, 25 Nov 2019 23:18:13 +0000 Lets hope the weather is dry for us this Wednesday 27th as we will be welcoming Birmingham Trees for Life and pupils from St Albans R C Primary School to plant yet another 10 trees in Brandwood End Cemetery.

Last year we sadly lost a number of large Poplar Trees from one of our boundary areas but with the help of Birmingham Trees for Life we are slowly replacing them with more suitable species.



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Dry and sunny for 2019 Remembrance Event Sun, 10 Nov 2019 18:11:28 +0000 Today’s Remembrance event was very well attended. Representatives of West Midlands Police, West Midlands Fire Service, Local Councillors, The Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes (RAOB), the Catholic Women’s League, FBEC and members of the local Beaver Pack all laid Wreaths at the Cross of Sacrifice.

Deacon David Fairbotham gave a short thought provoking Service of Remembrance and the Wreath Laying was preceded by a Bugler and 2 minutes silence.


Everyone then processed down the main Drive to the WW1 Memorial, where further wreaths were laid.

Our thanks to everyone that attended this event. We have collected a few photographs via this link should you wish to see more.



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Wet, but colourful Tree Walk ! Sat, 09 Nov 2019 23:33:41 +0000 Ranger, Dean Paul, led a Tree Walk through the cemetery today despite the heavy rain.

Considering how cold and wet it was there was a good turn out of 11 hardy individuals, but the weather didn’t detract from the glorious colours displayed by the trees and the knowledge imparted by Dean.

We also spotted some amazing fairy rings of fungi.

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2019 marks the Centenary of Remembrance. Wed, 06 Nov 2019 14:14:32 +0000 The annual tradition that first took place in 1919 to pay tribute to the war dead.

Although the First World War was brought to a close by a ceasefire – the Armistice – on 11 November 1918 – the final peace treaty was signed more than seven months later, on 28 June 1919.

As that moment approached, the Government’s thoughts turned to how to commemorate both an international victory and the impact of so many lives lost on foreign soil. More than 1.1 million soldiers who had been born in Britain and elsewhere in the Empire died in the ‘Great War’. Half of these have no known grave and few were buried on home soil.

A Peace Committee chaired by Lord Curzon, Foreign Secretary, declared Saturday 19th July 1919 a Bank Holiday and outlined a celebration running over four days, including a Victory March through London, a day of Thanksgiving services, a river pageant, and a day of popular festivities.

Numerous representatives of the allied nations were in attendance and the Peace March was one of the most impressive spectacles ever witnessed by Londoners and the world. Nearly 15,000 troops took part in the march, led by the victorious Allied commanders.

The Cenotaph – July 1919

The idea was conceived to erect a temporary memorial structure in Whitehall to be the end point of the great procession where the march would pause to honour the dead.  Edwin Lutyens, at the request of the then Prime Minister Lloyd George, designed and built the Cenotaph (literally ‘Empty Tomb’ in Greek) which was a wood and plaster construction.

At its unveiling by King George V, the base of the monument was spontaneously covered in wreaths to the dead and missing from The Great War and such was the extent of public enthusiasm for the construction it was decided that The Cenotaph should become a permanent and lasting memorial.   Re-made from Portland stone, its inscription reading simply “The Glorious Dead” and unveiled by King George V on 11th November 1920 just as the ‘Unknown Warrior’ was borne past en route to burial in Westminster Abbey, the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London, has since played host to the Remembrance Service for the past nine decades.

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Tree Walk Saturday and Remembrance Sunday. A busy weekend. Mon, 04 Nov 2019 21:26:05 +0000 Fancy a tree walk?   Meet Dean the Ranger by the Lodge on the main drive this Saturday the 9th November, as he leads a walk to admire the trees in their Autumn colours- 11 am start.

Sunday the 10th sees our annual Remembrance Service at the Cross of Sacrifice on the main drive. 10.50am


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