Friends share decade of achievement with community

Friends of Wombwell Cemetery held an open day to show what work they have acheived over the last ten years. Members are pictured here in front of the chapel, where eight new windows have been donated by local business L N S Turbo. Picture: Marie Caley S0961MC

Friends of Wombwell Cemetery held an open day to show what work they have acheived over the last ten years. Members are pictured here in front of the chapel, where eight new windows have been donated by local business L N S Turbo. Picture: Marie Caley S0961MC

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A voluntary group’s decade of work to improve and beautify a Dearne cemetery was celebrated with an unusual ‘Open Day’.

The Friends of Wombwell Cemetery welcomed visitors to the site and gave guided tours of the leafy cemetery grounds with its pleasant peace garden and restored chapel.

The sun shone, adding to the enjoyment, and refreshments were laid on, with one or two fundraising stalls for people to browse.

Chair of the Friends’ association, Mike Bretton, said the day was “an opportunity to find out just what a group of enthusiastic amateurs under the guidance on one or two understanding professionals can achieve in ten short years.”

In that time the Friends have instigated two memorials to 690 babies in unmarked graves, plus another to the ‘Barnsley Pals’, placed steel benches on the site, replaced railings and renewed pathways, and given talks to groups while encouraging school visits to the cemetery. They have won multiple awards.