9th September 2018
As part of Heritage open weekends, The Friends of Lawnswood Cemetery decided to put on an Angel Walk. It was led by Caroline Vernon and took us around the Angels in the Victorian section and the 1910 extension. The weather wasn’t great but it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the large group who turned up to learn about Lawnswood’s Angels. Walk Photos
The Members annual tea party in August went down very well again, with an even greater number attending.
The atmosphere was light hearted and pleasant; Gladys came up trumps with her quiz, the committee excelled with an afternoon tea fit for Royalty and Pat Gerwat gave a most interesting talk on The Quakers.
I’m already looking forward to next year! Tea Party Photographs 2018
Vandalism at Lawnswood Cemetery
It is with disbelief and great sadness that we are letting people know that once again Lawnswood Cemetery has been targeted with mindless vandalism. On the weekend of 18th/19th August thieves stole van keys and then a Council van which they then drove recklessly through the cemetery, breaking out through the locked gates onto Otley Road, causing significant damage. The van was later found but as yet nobody has been caught. Then on the night of 21st August the old disused office was broken into and vandalised.
This is not only wanton vandalism, it shows such disrespect for the cemetery and all it means to the people of Leeds and beyond who have relatives and friends buried, cremated or remembered there. It is hard to put into words how devastating this is: even more so in the wake of the earlier vandalism of the Books of Remembrance back in April.
It is impossible to understand why the cemetery is suddenly being targeted in this way. Please be vigilant when visiting and report any suspicious behaviour to the police.
The Friends of Lawnswood Cemetery are shocked and saddened by the callous and mindless act of vandalism against the Books of Remembrance at Lawnswood Cemetery that occurred over the Easter period. The personal inscriptions provide comfort to relatives and friends of those remembered. It is a violation of our deepest sense of respect and remembrance for loved ones lost, which these precious books represent. We support Leeds City Council’s intentions to try and restore them, and we hope that whoever is responsible is identified and held accountable for their actions.
This link https://news.leeds.gov.uk/vandalism-of-books-of-remembrance-at-leeds-crematorium-condemned/ to the Leeds City Council website provides up to date information about the incident.
The Friends of Lawnswood Cemetery
People often ask us what we do on our 'Action Days' and the answer is- help to look after the cemetery in a practical way! If you click on the Gallery – Action Days- there are photos which tell all!
Tasks range from litter picking to planting hedges with much more besides. Bulb planting, path edging, hedge trimming, gravel laying, bench preserving, the list goes on..... There is something to suit all abilities!
We meet at 10 am on the first Saturday of each month in the car park opposite the main gates. We are led by LCC Ranger Pete Banks. All tools are provided (as well as refreshments).
We generally finish around 2pm but you can stay for as long or as short a time as you want. We suggest you wear old gardening clothes and sturdy shoes!
The volunteers, many have been with us since the Friends started in 2011, are a very friendly and dedicated group and are always looking for more help. If you would like to give it a try, let us know by email email@example.com You would be made very welcome.
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