About The Friends

 

The Friends of St. Helens Cemetery held its first meeting in January 2006 as a result of St. Helens Council inviting local people to become involved and take an interest in the heritage, planning, and day to day issues concerning the Cemeteries and Crematorium.

 

St. Helens Council continues to support The Friends and are active members of the bi monthly committee and sub-committee meetings.

 

The group initially met every 12 weeks to discuss a wide range of issues concerning the cemeteries and crematorium. During this time the group mainly focused on preserving and maintaining the overall appearance of the cemetery grounds and lobbied for changes and improvements in areas of car parking, use of cars in the cemeteries, dog fouling, damage and theft to graves and items left on them.

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columnarium - New section

This group played an important role in contributing to the design of the new section of St.Helens cemetery which opened in 2011. They worked with the council and planners by making and agreeing on a new concept of design for this part of the cemetery. The new section includes a childrens section which will be developed and further designed as the landscaping and foliage matures.

 

The appearance of the new section is very different from a traditional cemetery and The Friends with the council hope to continue to develop this section.

 

In March 2011 the group adopted a constitution and appointed Committee members. A new era for The Friends of St. Helens Cemetery had begun…

 

The Friends were successful in their bid for Lottery Funding and was awarded  a grant to help them develop and expand the group.

 

Since then The Friends have become a strong active group. They have recruited new members, held several successful events with the local community at the Cemetery.

 

The first major event was a Christmas Tree of Remembrance Memorial Service held at the Crematorium in December 2011. The event was an outstanding success with a Christmas Service and Carols. Members of the congregation were invited to hang a dedicated ‘leaf’ on a Christmas Tree in The Book of Remembrance building. 

 

Another popular event and well attended was a Family History Day with an opportunity to research family history and gain information about the cemetery and its heritage. Support from the St. Helens Family History group on the day was much appreciated.

 

A ‘History of Mining talk and tour’ was well attended and three walking tours of the cemetery together with displays and talks from local mining historians made for another successful day

 

Other popular events have been’ hands on ‘demonstrations on how to make Christmas wreaths and bird boxes which members of the public have been able to be involved in making. The Friends were supported in these activities by members of the St. Helens Ranger Service and a local florist.

 

Mothers Day and Fathers Day events in the car park have proved to be well received by visitors to the cemetery on these days and they are events The Friends are planning to repeat annually.

 

A nature walk around the grounds of the cemetery and a photographic workshop are included in the varied list of events which have been held during the past.

 

The Friends of St. Helens Cemetery are a vibrant and active group who will continue to develop their programme of events, strive to maintain and protect the environment and grounds of the cemeteries, and plan new initiatives which will enhance the cemeteries for the local community and visitors.