The Friends of St. Peter's Berkhamsted

The Friends of St Peter's Berkhamsted

We are just at the start of a long process that will require significant funds to protect and enhance St Peter’s and its churchyards. At the Cemetery, for example, boundary walls and gate piers, which pose a health and safety risk, and other structures such as the sexton’s hut need to be rebuilt or repaired. Some monuments require conserving, facilities such as seating, interpretation, paths and steps are required; the site needs to be sensitively managed. The Master Plan will provide the basis for a major funding bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Please become an ambassador for our projects and events. The main ways you can help are:

Your Involvement

Come along to one of our events or help at the Rectory Lane Cemetery work parties (First Sunday in every month, 2-4 p.m.).

Your Networks

Connect to friends, relations etc. both within and beyond the Town – spread the news about our worthwhile projects and events. Encourage others to volunteer or to join the Friends.

Your Word

Please write/mention us in any blogs/tweets/e-mails and mention the Project to family and friends.

Your Expertise

The Friends are on the look-out for people with talents and skills to further our work on projects and running events

For the Cemetery Project, for example, putting together the Master Plan requires a range of skills and expertise

  • business planning
  • accountancy input
  • research into other successful cemetery projects
  • history of the cemetery and families interred here
  • ecology and architectural survey skills
  • IT, website and database creation/management
  • mapping skills
  • marketing/audience development skills
  • masonry conservation skills
  • legal skills
  • artistic/design skills
  • knowledge of access and needs of the disabled
  • project management skills

Your Influence

If you are unable to offer such skills, then perhaps there is someone who you could gently persuade. We would like to get local businesses involved at this early stage in the planning process – and if they can’t help with the Master Plan, they may well be able to offer corporate support in the shape of work parties, or donations of tools and equipment. There will be other organisations you are involved with – Scouts or Rotary perhaps, who might be willing to donate some labour, or carry out visitor surveys. Or groups who might like to think about using the cemetery for sensitive educational and recreational uses – painting/photography groups, schools – please introduce us to them.

You will have other ideas as well – please do share them!

Want to help? Get in touch