The Rectory Lane Cemetery Project was established in 2014 to celebrate the historical connections with the town through families interred in the Cemetery. Their lives are a source of interest to people in Britain and overseas researching their family histories.
We are producing trails to highlight the history of the site, the symbolism of the graves and key characters buried here act as a rich educational resource, developing skills, interpretation and activities to deepen understanding of our heritage.
Schools, students and researches will be welcome to use the site and its resources for historical, environmental and other relevant studies. There will be opportunities to learn practical skills promoting health and wellbeing by providing residents with an inspirational, accessible space and volunteering opportunities.
We are exploring holding regular classes such as yoga in the Cemetery. Just a brisk walk round the whole cemetery could burn about 40 calories. Or join our work parties (first Sunday in month 2-4pm).
We will be introducing a more sensitive mowing rotation to safeguard and enhance the site’s ecology. Did you know there are over 70 types of lichen in the Cemetery?
We would like to introduce better quality features such as seats, sculptures and interpretation to help people enjoy their visits, whether for leisure or to trace relatives. An expert monument conservator has also been engaged to advise us on repairing selected monuments in the Cemetery.
With funding secured from Heritage Lottery Fund, we are entering a key phase when we will be producing a Master Plan to enhance and manage this sensitive and interesting green space. We would love to hear what you think of our ideas and what you would like to see happen in the Cemetery.
Please do fill in our short questionnaire and help us to shape the future!
We have regular work parties to tidy and improve the cemetery – why not volunteer to help us?