Friends of Blackburn Old Cemetery seeking volunteers to help ‘answer the call’


Friends of Blackburn Old Cemetery

A new community group set up as part of Blackburn with Darwen Council’s Your Call initiative is asking for help to restore a Blackburn cemetery.

The ‘Friends of Blackburn Old Cemetery’ group - made up of local residents, school children, Army and Council representatives - is launching with a big clean-up event on Monday October 29 from 10-2pm at the cemetery grounds.

And the group’s members would like more volunteers to step forward and help out on the day with the tidying up of overgrown areas, picking up of fallen over graves and the cleaning and tidying up of war graves.

If you would like to take part meet at the bottom of Blackburn Old Cemetery on Whalley New Road at 10am.
Children from Roe Lee school will be taking part in crafts and other children welcome to attend. Over 20 soldiers from the King’s Regiment will also help out on the day. Refreshments for all volunteers will be made available.

Once the group is up and running, more plans will be put in place to promote the cemetery including installing a wildlife area and heritage trail.

Your Call challenges everyone to make a contribution to making Blackburn with Darwen a better place. Simple things like not selfishly dropping litter or not letting pets foul the pavements all help.

Councillor Kate Hollern, Leader of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, said: “I’m absolutely delighted to see this friends group being so proactive in helping us to bring Blackburn Old Cemetery up to scratch and would urge as many people as possible to turn up on the day to help out. This is totally in the spirit of Your Call and the right thing to do. Everyone should be take pride in Blackburn with Darwen. It's your call if you want to do more.”

If you would like more information about the clean-up or the Friends of Blackburn Old Cemetery group or for details of the next meeting please contact Tracey True on: (01254) 291552.

For more information about Your Call email: yourcall@blackburn.gov.uk or phone (01254) 588188.

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