Since 2014, we have been working together as volunteers to drive a community initiative that is helping to conserve and enhance St Peter’s and its churchyards.
These efforts have laid the groundwork for our flagship project at the old Cemetery behind the Rex Cinema, where we are working to conserve historic monuments, and repair and rebuild structures such as sexton’s hut, the boundary walls and gate piers. We are also working to provide new seating, interpretation, paths and steps, and to manage the natural environment to encourage wildlife and wildflowers. Thanks to the tireless efforts of local volunteers, we have now secured major funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to take this project further.
Volunteering for the Friends is a great way to get out in the open, get exercise, make new friends and to give something back to the Berkhamsted community.
How you can help
We would love you to come and join our initiative and share your time and skills. Whatever your abilities or fitness, we welcome contributions from everyone! Here are some of the ways you can help:
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
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!