Friends of Lister Lane Cemetery

                                                                                                                                                                                 

Registered Charity No 1097153

By Friends of Lister Lane Cemetery, Jun 29 2019 11:51AM

We are delighted to welcome back Community Payback this week. They have done a trememdous job so far in clearing vegetation from the graves in the north-west corner beyond the mortuary chapel.


Images courtesy of Stuart Wilkinson



By Friends of Lister Lane Cemetery, Jun 11 2019 12:17PM

On Saturday 8th June, the Friends of Lister Lane Cemetery hosted the 2019 AGM of the National Federation of Cemetery Friends (NFCF). Over 40 NFCF members representing cemetery friends groups from around the country attended the event held at the Inspire Centre, Calderdale College.


The day's proceedings were opened by Deputy Mayor of Calderdale, Cllr Angie Gallagher, who welcomed everyone. Holly Lynch, MP for Halifax then spoke, including fascinating anecdotes about her own family history. David Glover, Chairman of the Friends of Lister Lane Cemetery then presented an illustrated talk detailing the former Halifax General Cemetery’s history.

Deputy Mayor, Cllr Angie Gallagher and Halifax MP, Holly Lynch
Deputy Mayor, Cllr Angie Gallagher and Halifax MP, Holly Lynch
David's presentation on the history of the cemetery
David's presentation on the history of the cemetery

Our visitors were then invited to participate in conducted tours of the cemetery which was greatly enhanced by the presence of members of the Halifax Thespians, who acted the part of characters buried in the cemetery. Persistent rain did not appear to dampen the enthusiasm of either the actors or the visitors.

Members of the Halifax Thespians
Members of the Halifax Thespians

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Back at the Inspire Centre, a good buffet lunch awaited which included appropriately themed cupcakes.

Cupcakes
Cupcakes

After lunch the formal business of the NFCF AGM got underway.


The Friends of Lister Lane Cemetery would like to acknowledge the generous support of the Community Foundation for Calderdale, the Inspire Centre, Calderdale College and Calderdale Bereavement Services.


Images courtesy of Richard Robinson