Friends of Brandwood End Cemetery Restoration, conservation and respectful enjoyment of Brandwood End Cemetery and Chapels Sun, 06 Jun 2021 21:23:16 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 …and the rain it raineth!! Sun, 06 Jun 2021 21:23:16 +0000 Todays litter pick was something of a wet affair as the heavens not only opened, but stayed open for the duration!

Our thanks to the 15 stalwarts (plus 2 children) that turned out and collected 15 bags of litter- The cemetery is a better place for your efforts.  This litter pick fell within ‘Great Spring Clean’ week, a campaign started by Keep Britain Tidy.  I think supporters of FBEC certainly did their bit in adverse conditions. Annoyingly the sun appeared later in the day!

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Winter in Brandwood End Wed, 26 May 2021 22:18:06 +0000 Follow the link below to.……..

Enjoy some Winter scenes in Brandwood End with this short film.


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June Litter Pick/Great British Spring Clean. Sun, 23 May 2021 21:16:29 +0000 The Friends will be participating in this national Litter Pick on June 6th. The Great British Spring Clean is an initiative driven by the Keep Britain Tidy campaign.


Please bring your own ‘litter pickers’ if possible, but we do have
spare litter pickers available. We advise wearing stout footwear
and gloves. Children are welcome but they must be
accompanied by an adult. Please make sure you adhere to
Covid distancing regulations

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Exciting New Project Fri, 21 May 2021 13:10:14 +0000 An organisation called Caring for God’s Acre work nationally to record, investigate, care for, and enjoy burial grounds and graveyards. Over the last year Gods Acre have been steadily GPS and geo physically mapping the whole of Brandwood End cemetery  so they now have a map of blue squares, each one representing a grave.

 ‘Gods Acre’ are working together with the Friends of Brandwood End Cemetery and are now aiming to recruit a team of volunteers to record the information on each memorial, for transfer to the digitized map. This recording all happens in the cemetery and with a pencil on paper- so no tech requirements ! Its both rewarding and interesting.

They will be running a number of covid safe (limited number) sessions but 3 are already available for booking in June, July and August. We would love to welcome some more of our members/supporters to this project. Space is free but limited, so why not book yours at:

Please note– you must book direct via the link, as we are not able to take bookings due to restrictions on numbers.  we hope to meet some of you there.


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Revised Cemetery Opening Hours Sun, 16 May 2021 17:45:30 +0000 CEMETERY OPENING TIMES FROM MONDAY 17TH MAY 2021 EASIER TO REMEMBER –
Monday-Friday 8.30am-7pm
Saturday – Sunday 10am-7pm
Please remember to check the Birmingham City Council ( Brandwood Cemetery) site before travelling any distance to visit, as there are often changes at short notice. Make sure you use the site as Google search brings up incorrect information from other providers..
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Changes to Crematoria and Cemeteries. Sun, 16 May 2021 17:28:49 +0000 Changes to crematoria and cemeteries

Published: Thursday, 13th May 2021

As of Monday 17 May, in line with the government’s road map, changes are being made to the rules governing crematoria and cemeteries.

There will be no limit for outdoor funerals and up to 30 people can now attend a wake or other commemorative event. However, services in chapels will continue to be limited due to social distancing measures.

Councillor Sharon Thompson, Cabinet Member for Homes and Neighbourhoods, said “I welcome the increase in the number of people being able to attend funerals at our crematoria and funerals outside can now go ahead without limits on the number of people attending. This will make it much better for grieving families and those wanting to attend a funeral service.  Our priority has always been to maintain the dignity of those who have sadly passed away and to support their loved ones in holding a funeral that meets their cultural, religious and general desires. This has been incredibly difficult during the pandemic as we have also had to minimise the likelihood of Covid spreading within the city.  However, I am pleased we are now able to lift the restrictions as the country moves back towards some form of normality.

The only service yet to be re-instated is the practice of grave backfilling by the funeral attenders. We will keep these changes under review but hope to relax any outstanding restrictions by 21 June in line with the government’s road map.”

For full details please see our webpage at



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100 years of the Royal British Legion. Sat, 15 May 2021 12:26:26 +0000 Did you know that today is 100 years since the formation of the Royal British Legion? We have to admit that it had passed FBEC by ! Over the years the Friends have had a strong connection with the RBL and our work around the War Graves in Brandwood End. Kings Heath Branch, and later Kings Norton Branch, have supported us at our Remembrance Day events and other projects. Unfortunately these branches are no longer available to assist and their Standard Bearers are not seen at Remembrance anymore. We really miss them.

It is 100 years today since the RBL was formed, and it continues to do its good work. We recognise that it has to move forward to remain relevant but as well as remembering those who lost their lives in battle or need their support following involvement in more recent conflict- please spare a thought for all those ‘ordinary’ men and women who have worked as volunteers over the years. They have shaken tins, stood in the rain, manned stalls, delivered poppy crosses, arranged Remembrance Services and generally raised the profile whilst raising the funds that have enable the RBL to do the work they do.

Many of these stalwarts have died as age was against them. As newer younger people take up the baton lets not forget the work of those that went before, because without that army of volunteers today’s generation would not know who the Royal British Legion are or what they stand for.

Our centenary | RBL100 Centenary | Royal British Legion

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May, in the cemetery. Wed, 12 May 2021 21:55:54 +0000 Despite the rain, our Chairman was able to take a few lovely photographs today in the cemetery.

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Recording of memorials. Wed, 12 May 2021 21:51:10 +0000 The Friends are working alongside ‘Caring for God’s Acre’ in a project to record details of all the memorials in Brandwood End Cemetery.

FBEC members were joined on site today by Val Hart from Balsall Heath Local History Society. We hope Val will be sharing her experience with the rest of the Balsall Heath Local History Society. This will be a long term project and we soon hope to be able to give you details on how you can become involved yourselves.

Our thanks to George from Caring for God’s Acre for her guidance and to Val, Lisa, Pat,  Julia and Jane for their efforts… the rain!


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Apologies- for blocked site notice. Tue, 04 May 2021 16:06:58 +0000 Our apologies if you tried to access our web site earlier and found it was listed as insecure! We have been experiencing some technical difficulties when the SSL Certificate automatically renews….or not as the case may be!

We try and spot this as soon as it happens but should you get this ‘insecure site’ message in future, please be assured we are on the case!  As we speak they are trying to track down the issue.

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