We have been informed, by a member of the FoBSC, that the South Lodge Gates were rammed some time this week and damage has been caused to the large iron gates and one of the stone pillars.

If anyone has any further information about the incident, please contact the Police or the Friends of Beckett Street Cemetery (using the contact form on this website).

The Cemetery remains open and access can still be gained via the (not so) temporary gates next to the North Lodge.

At 14:00 hours, Sunday 13th November 2016 a small group assembled, near to the cenotaph, within the grounds of Beckett Street Cemetery. Although it was a cold, it remained dry, and did not deter those attendees from paying their respect.

Using information gathered as part of the WW1 Project (of those whom are buried or commemorated on family graves at the Cemetery), Alun Pugh led us around the curtilage of the grounds. Stopping at a number of graves, Alun provided us with information about the person who was remembered, before placing a cross on the grave as a mark of respect.

At the end of the tour, Monica placed the wreath on the cenotaph, and Lynda read a poem. This was followed by ‘two minutes’ of silence, where we reflected on those that had fallen.

For further information on some of the graves on the tour, please visit the following pages:-

The latest Friends of Beckett Street Cemetery Newsletter (Summer 2016) has been posted out to our members. Packed with updates and articles including:

  • John Wormald Appleyard
  • Subscriptions
  • AGM Report
  • Heritage Open Days 8th-11th September 2016
  • Diary Dates
  • Chairman's Corner
  • Edward Nickson 1900
  • Squire and Charles Thornton
  • Remembrance Day Walk (Battle of the Somme) - 13th Nov 2016

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After waiting several months for the north entrance gates to be repaired and re-installed, the decision was taken to put up temporary gates to facilitate the entry/exit of wagons with heavy machinery, needed by the masons. They finally arrived after Christmas, so the area looks much better, but it remains to be seen how sturdy they prove to be.

Lynda has requested that they be painted black (especially the yellow gate-post!) and the top coated with anti-vandal paint.