Cemetery Day Sunday 19th August 2018 10am - 4pm

GENERAL CEMETERY TOURS. There are regular monthly general tours of Spital Cemetery on the second Sunday of every month 1-2pm. (11th March, 8th April, 13th May, 10th June, 8th July, 12th August) Meet at the bottom entrance on Hady Hill. Please wear suitable footwear as some paths are steep and uneven. Donations to FoSC welcome. Contact the secretary for more details: thefriendsofspitalcemetery@gmail.com

THE CEMETERY TASK TEAM meet every month for a couple of hours in the cemetery on the second Saturday of the month 10am-12.30pm. (10th March, 14th April, 12th May, 16th June, 14th July, 11th August) We sweep paths and remove invasive saplings (buddleja, holly and ash) from between the graves, keep the flower tubs near the chapels stocked and generally do what we can to enhance this fabulous garden cemetery. All tools supplied, just wear stout shoes and bring gardening gloves and a flask if you want a warm drink. We meet at the chapels. Contact Liz for more details: lizcook80@icloud.com

In celebration of the struggle for equal voting rights for women - 14th March at 2pm

It has been suggested that with International Women’s Day on 8th March that we honour the grave of Anne Fletcher. The majority of our war graves, those that are listed on the commonwealth war graves commission site and those remembered on family graves in the cemetery but who are buried where they fell, are men, but we have one grave to a woman. Anne Fletcher served in the Territorial Force Nursing Service when she died. Anne represents for us the many women who showed exceptional courage at this time a hundred years ago whether it was working in the hospitals, driving the trams, toiling in the munitions factories (like that of the Patent Electric Shot- Firing Company on Dark Lane in Newbold) or simply because they held their families together while fathers, husbands and sons were away at war in very uncertain times. It was as a result of their sacrifices that the clamour for equal voting rights began when the war ended and it was no longer so easy to hold back the tide.

We will meet at the chapels at 2pm. The Leader of CBC will lead the event. Wreaths will be laid by the British Legion, and the Royal British Legion, and a floral tribute in Suffragette colours by UNISON. The short walk to the graveside is across rough grass so please wear suitable footwear. All welcome. Refreshments will be available at St Leonard’s Mission on Valley Road afterwards.

https://www.cwgc.org/find/find-war-dead/results/?cemetery=CHESTERFIELD (SPITAL) CEMETERY

Cemetery Day 19th August 2017