Cherishing Churchyards Week Events

Events for 2018

Lincolnshire

St Andrew's Church, Utterby

Utterby Church sml   

Title of event: ‘Home baked cakes and tea’

Date of event: Sunday 10th June 2018

Time of event: 2pm until 4.00pm

Event: After exploring our beautiful country churchyard, take a break and try our delicious home baked cakes with a cup of tea

Is pre-booking necessary: No

Venue Address: St Andrews Church, Church Lane, Utterby, Louth Lincs, LN11 0TH

Grid Ref:  TF30594 93249

 

 

 

Events for 2017

Cardiff

Cathays Cemetery

Cathays - cemetery sml 

 

 

Title of event: Cathays Cemetery Nature Walk

Date of event: 7th June

Time of event: 6.30pm - 8pm

Event: Join expert local ecologist Dr Peter Sturgess for a walk to discover the hidden wildlife gems of Cathays Cemetery during Wales Nature Week and Cherishing our Churchyards week. Some uneven ground conditions present. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear. No dogs are permitted in the cemetery. Meet at the main entrance gates in Fairoak Road.... Booking essential as numbers are limited.

Please book by emailing:  walesbiodiversitypartnership@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk

Is pre-booking necessary?   Yes - see email address above

Venue Address:  Fairoak Road, Cardiff, CF24 4PY

Clwyd

St Mary's Church, Chirk

   

For further details please visit our website: www.stmaryschirk.org.uk

Friday 26th May - Illustrated Butterfly Talk by Jan Miller, 2pm. Tickets £2 from Church wardens, or sshort@stmaryschirk.org.uk. Refreshments available

Saturday 3rd June - Plant Sale - 9am - 12noon. Refreshments & Raffle

Monday 5th June - Free Churchyard History Tours with Graham Greasley 2 - 4pm

Refreshments available. Come and hear about the long history of the churchyard and the stories of some of the people commemorated here. The Hill Trevor mausoleum will be open.

Flowers of Gods Acre and their meanings - Illustrated talk by Sue Cooper, 2pm St Mary’s Church Hall. Tickets £2 from Churchwardens or sshort@stmaryschirk.org.uk

Friday 26th May - Illustrated Butterfly Talk by Jan Miller, 2pm. Tickets £2 from Church wardens, or sshort@stmaryschirk.org.uk. Refreshments available

Saturday 3rd June - Plant Sale - 9am - 12noon. Refreshments & Raffle

Monday 5th June - Free Churchyard History Tours with Graham Greasley 2 - 4pm

Refreshments available. Come and hear about the long history of the churchyard and the stories of some of the people commemorated here. The Hill Trevor mausoleum will be open.

Flowers of Gods Acre and their meanings - Illustrated talk by Sue Cooper, 2pm St Mary’s Church Hall. Tickets £2 from Churchwardens or sshort@stmaryschirk.org.uk

Wednesday 7th June - Free Churchyard History Tours with Graham Greasley 3.30 - 4.30pm

Refreshments available. Come and hear about the long history of the churchyard and the stories of some of the

people commemorated here. The Hill Trevor mausoleum will be open

Family History - Illustrated talk by Joy Thomas 2pm, St Mary’s Church Hall. Tickets £2 from Churchwardens or sshort@stmaryschirk.org.uk

Church Registers will be open for research

Thursday 8th June - Free Bell Tower Tours with Peter Furniss 2 - 4pm. Refreshments available

Chirk Writers Circle invite you to join in their Free Poetry & Prose Session 11am, St Mary’s Church Hall

Can you write a poem/prose about the Churchyard? Contact: sshort@stmaryschirk.org.uk

Saturday 10th June - Free Churchyard History Tours with Graham Greasley 2 - 4pm. Refreshments available

Come and hear about the long history of the churchyard and the stories of some of the people commemorated

here. The Hill Trevor mausoleum will be open.

Strawberry Teas and Maypole Dancing with Pentre Controlled Primary School, Chirk from 2pm Fancy Dress • Face Painting • Lucky Dip Raffle • Churchyard Quiz Come and join in and enjoy a family afternoon. Free entry

Saturday 11th June - A special short open-air service to remember your loved ones With Rev’d Matt Wilkinson at 3pm. You’ll be able to write your loved one’s names on a butterfly and place them on the tree. All are welcome to attend. Refreshments available

Free Bell Tower Tours with Peter Furniss 2 - 4pm. Refreshments available 

Cornwall

St Gwinear's Church, Churchtown

St Gwinears 3 sml   

Title of event: A Lichen and wildflower Walk

Date of event: Saturday 10th June

Time of event: 2pm - 4pm

Event: A Lichen walk from St Gwinear Parish Church around Herland Hill followed by refreshments

Is pre-booking necessary?   No

Venue Address:  St Gwinear Parish Church, near Hayle, Cornwall, TR27 5EJ

Glamorgan

St Augustine's Churchyard, Penarth

St Augustines Penarth sml 

  Title of event: Walk & Talk

Date of event: Saturday 10th June 2017

Time of event: 6 - 8pm

Event: Walk & explore the wildlife. •Listen to talks on the marvels of wildlife in churchyards & clever digital ways of recording burials. •Refreshments provided.•

A free event for anyone of any age with an interest in local wildlife and our remarkable churchyard.

Is pre-booking necessary? No

Venue Address: St Augustine’s Churchyard, Church Place South, Penarth CF64 1BJ•

(If wet, wear wellies!)

Hampshire

St Mary's Church, Twyford

St Marys Church Twyford

  Title of event: Treasure Hunt, St Mary’s Church, Twyford

Date of event: Sunday 4th June 2017

Time of event: 14.00 -16.00

Event .Family Treasure Hunt. with refreshments served from 15.00

Is pre-booking necessary? No but please notify the organiser if intending to come

Venue Address:  St Mary's Church, Twyford, SO21 1NT

Lincolnshire

St Andrew's Church, Utterby

Utterby Church sml   

Title of event: ‘Exploration churchyard!’

Date of event: .Sunday 4th June 2017

Time of event: 11.00am until 3.00pm

Event: An opportunity to meet our volunteers, explore our beautiful churchyard and decide if you would like to help research and celebrate the rich history of the lives of local people

Is pre-booking necessary: No

Venue Address: St Andrews Church, Church Lane, Utterby, Louth Lincs, LN11 0TH

London

Bow Churchyard

 Bow Church  

Title of event: ‘Bow Churchyard: now and then

Date of event: 10th June 2017

Time of event: 12 until 4 pm

Event: A chance to discover the history of Bow Church, its churchyard and its place in the community – and to see how the garden project is transforming the churchyard into a more welcoming space for all. Help us build our new online archive with your own stories, pictures and memories of the church. Excellent cakes and refreshments as ever at this beautuful Grade 2 listed building.

Is pre-booking necessary: No

Venue Address: 230 Bow Road, London, E3 3AH

Southwark Cathedral

   

Title of event: Southwark's Lost Burial Grounds

Date of event: 10th June 2017

Time of event: 1.30 - 3pm

Event: As part of Cherishing Churchyards week join us as we explore the lost burial grounds of Southwark.

There may not be many traces of them left today, but Southwark was once home to many burial grounds, from plague pits and poor grounds to rural churchyards and graveyards hemmed in by houses and industrial buildings. To tell the story of these burial grounds is to tell the story of Southwark, its churches and hospitals, and the people who lived and died there - rich, poor, and everyone in between. This guided walk will tell the story of these lost and often long-forgotten graveyards, taking in a circular route around Southwark and finishing up back at Southwark Cathedral.

Click HERE for further details

Is pre-booking necessary: Yes via Southwark Cathedral website, cost £9

Venue Address: This walk will take 1.5 hours and starts from the Southwark Cathedral Welcome Desk at the West Entrance

Norfolk

Rosary Cemetery, Norwich

 The Rosary  

Title of event: Wild about The Rosary

Date of event: 10th June 2017

Time of event: 10am - 4pm - Click on links below for details

Wild about The Rosary

Take a Walk on the Wildside

Event: Join Norfolk Wildlife Trust and the Friends of the Rosary as they discover the wildlife associated with the Rosary Cemetery through a series of guided walks and displays

Is pre-booking necessary: No

Venue Address: The Chapel, Rosary Cemetery, Rosary Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 4BZ

Northamptonshire

St Mary the Virgin, Grafton Regis

St Marys Grafton Regis sml   

Title of event: Open Churchyard Weekend

Date of event: 10th and 11th June

Time of event: 11 a.m to 4 p.m

Event: Cherishing Churchyards Open Weekend, Go on a Bug Hunt, Identify plants, Plant sale, Tea and Cakes, Investigate the village history

Is pre-booking necessary? No

Venue Address: Bozenham Lane, Grafton Regis, Grafton Regis, .Northamptonshire, NN127SS.

Grid ref: SP.7546

Nottinghamshire

All Saints Church, Strelley Village, Nottingham

ALL SAINTS CHURCH 002   

Title of event: Cherishing our churchyard at All Saints, Strelley

Date of event: Tuesday 6th June 2017

Time of event: 1 pm to 5 pm

Event: The focus of activity will be the churchyard, but the church will also be open to visitors – church guide, self-guided village walk leaflet and children's i-spy quiz available. Refreshments provided. 

Is pre-booking necessary? No

Venue Address: All Saints Church, Strelley village, Nottingham, NG8 6PE

Powys 

St Catwg's Church, Llangattock

 Llangattock sml  

Title of event: Biodiversity & Cherishing Churchyards

Date of event: Saturday 10th June 2017

Time of event: – All day.

Event: A walk around Llangattock finishing at the churchyard to find and record wildlife.

Is pre-booking necessary?: Yes, please contact Stephanie at Brecknock Wildlfie Trust - 01874 625708 or email enquiries@brecknockwildlifetrust.org.uk

Venue Address: St Catwg's Church, Llangattock, NP8 1PH

Shropshire 

Longden Road Cemetery, Shrewsbury

 andrew fusek peters caring gods acre1 high res 66 of 83 2  

Title of event: An Evening Bird Walk and Swift Survery

Date of event: Thursday 8th June 2017

Time of event: – 7.30 - 9 pm.

Event: Join local conservation charity, Caring for God’s Acre for an evening bird walk and swift survey at Longden Road Cemetery, Shrewsbury.

 

In 2015 the Cemetery was awarded Local Wildlife status due to the high number of species found on site, particularly in the old part of the cemetery. Since then many experts have enjoyed surveying this special place in the heart of Shrewsbury. On Thursday, experienced guide Peter Carty, will be leading the walk to show people how to distinguish birds by their appearance, calls and behaviour.

Hosted by the Friends of Longden Road Cemetery, free to attend, no booking necessary, meet at the chapel, 7.30pm, walk to finish at 9pm.

Any questions contact harriet@cfga.org.uk , 01588 673041

Venue Address: Longden Road Cemetery, Shrewsbury, SY3 7HS

 

St Paul's Church, Knowbury

 Knowbury sml  

Title of event: Churchyard Conservation Task Day

Date of event: Saturday 10 June 2017

Time of event: – 10 to 3 pm.

Event: Help manage the species rich wildflower grassland by scything and raking with local volunteers and Caring for God’s Acre Churchyard Task team of volunteers. Refreshments and lunch provided

Is pre-booking necessary? no

 

Venue Address: St Paul's Church (Farden Lane, Knowbury SY8 3JU

Grid ref: SO 57202 75232

Suffolk 

St Peter’s Church, Westleton 

Westleton St Peters Church   

Title of event: Suffolk Wildlife Trust Discovery Evening..

Date of event: 7th June 2017

Time of event: – 6 to 7.30 pm.

Event: Open Evening to discover more about the flora, fauna and wildlife that trives here in Westleton’s churchyard. Wine and nibbles to follow, come and join us

Venue Address: St Peter’s Church, The Street, Westleton Suffolk, IP17 3AQ

 

Warwickshire 

The Diocese of Coventry are holding events in various parts of the diocese as they celebrate their churchyards

   

Coventry, St Andrew's Church, Eastern Green, CV5 7BX

Sunday 4th June 12noon-3pm

Activities include a treasure hunt in the churchyard and crafts followed by a picnic in the park.

 

Alveston, St James' Church, CV37 7QB

Saturday 10th June 10am-1:30pm

Activities include wildflower survey, minibeast hunt, children's crafts and Teddy Bears' Picnic. 

 

Birdingbury, St Leonard's Church

Sunday 11th June 9:15am

Care   of Creation Service (outdoors if possible), hedgehog footprint tunnels and refreshments.

 

Shipston on Stour, St Edmund's Church, CV36   4AP

Saturday   17th June 5pm-6.30pm

BBQ/picnic with a bring & share tea in newly re-opened churchyard.

 

Leek Wootton, All Saints Church, CV35   7QZ

Sunday   18th June 11am - 5pm

Activities   include churchyard trail, minibeast hunting, hedgehog home building and Teddy   Bears' Picnic.

 

Finham, Coventry, St Martin in the Fields, CV3 6EA

Saturday 24th June 11am-3pm

Community Environment Day including children's activities, stalls and food.

 

Oldberrow, St Mary's Church, B95 5NU

Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th June 2pm-4pm

Explore the biodiversity in this species rich churchyard and enjoy tea and cake.

 

Warwick, St Paul's Church, CV34   6HA

Sunday 2nd July 12:30pm-3:30pm

Community Fun Day including treasure hunt, mini beast safari and fancy dress   competition. Bring a picnic - soft drinks and ice cream FREE

The above details give a taste of the activities happening in each place. For further details please see www.dioceseofcoventry.org/DEG

St James's Churchyard, Alveston

St Jamess Alveston Church  daisies sml   

Title of event: Churchyard Open Day

Date of event: Saturday10th June 2017 

Time of event: 8.00am Moth and Small Mammal Traps

10.00am onwards 

  • Wildflower Species Survey
  • Help the ecologists who will be carrying out a full species survey of the wild flower areas during the day
  • Churchyard Mini-beast Hunt (catch a bug and look at it in a special magnifying bug box, through a microscope or a magnifying camera) – there will be experts on hand to help with identification
  •  Children’s craft activities (make a spinning flower, a flying bat or a pop-up mole to take home)
  • Face painting

12.00-1.30pm   

  • Teddy Bears’ Picnic - bring a rug, a picnic and a teddy and join in the fun

Also: History of graves and monuments

Gallery of churchyard wildlife

Refreshments on sale all day – in aid of the Churchyard Conservation Project!

Short description of event: Come along and join the fun for a whole day of activities, and connect with nature in our churchyard!

Venue Address: St James Church, Alveston, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire CV37 7QJ

Other events during National Cherishing Churchyards Week:

Sunday June 4th – mini-working party to tidy the churchyard in preparation for June 10th - anyone who can spare an hour or so after church (12.00 – 1.00ish) very welcome

Prayer Station in the church all week – a tranquil place for prayer and quiet reflection focusing on God’s Creation and our interaction with the natural world

Sunday June 11th 10.30am - Family Service on a theme of Creation followed by coffee in the churchyard

 

Yorkshire 

St Matthew's Churchyard, Lightcliffe, Halifax 

Lightcliffe spring 2017 sml

  Title of event:  Celebrating our Restoration Project

Date of event: Saturday 5th June 2017

Time of event: 2pm onwards

Event: Semi formal thanks to those who have helped our project: Council, HLF, volunteers.  Opportunity to wander round and with researchers for family history on hand,.

Is pre-booking necessary? No

Venue Address:  St Matthew's Churchyard, Wakefield Road, Lightcliffe, Halifax - opposite the Sun Inn

St John's, Sharow

St Johns Sharrow  

Title of event: Scything Workshop

Date of event: 6th June 2017

Time of event: All Day (8-5)

Event: Working alongside Steve Tomlin, a small group of volunteers will be learning to scythe in the grounds of St John’s Sharow.

Is pre-booking necessary? Yes

Contact Details: tel/ 01765 605517, e-mail joepriestley@riponcathedral.org.uk

Venue Address: St John’s, Sharow, Berrygate, HG4 5BJ

 

St Lawrence's Church, Sheffield

   

Event: Tinsley Graveyard Survey

Date of event: Saturday 10th June 2017

Time of event: 10am - 2pm

Event: St Lawrence Church is one of very few historic buildings left in Tinsley, which has been a settlement since before the Norman Conquest. The current church was built in 1879 but its on the site of at least one earlier church. There is a possibility of this site being a place for people to come together since Saxon times or earlier.

Volunteers have been surveying the graveyards of St Lawrence Church. Many of which pre-date the current church building.

Come along and explore this fascinating and understudied corner of Sheffield’s past. There will also be opportunities to record some of the gravestones and contribute to our survey.

This is a free event and refreshments will be available in the Vestry.

Is pre-booking necessary? Participants can turn up on the day, but it would be helpful to contact us first so we can provide sufficient refreshments. Contact Charlotte Head 0114 2580483 or email charlotte.head@heeleyfarm.org.uk

Venue Address:  St Lawrence Church, 247 St Lawrence Road, Sheffield, S9 1WG

Main Menu

Menu
Go to top

We use cookies to improve our website and your experience when using it. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set.

I accept cookies from this site.

EU Cookie Directive Module Information