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Saturday 17th June 2017, saw the Friends of Holbeck Cemetery open the gates to their wonderful cemetery and invited the Friends of Lawnswood in.  The Friends of Holbeck Cemetery have been in existence since 2001. They took on a rather overgrown cemetery, but tackling the brambles was not the only thorn in their sides; anti-social behaviour within the area had a huge impact on the cemetery. It soon became apparent that their passion for the cemetery played a huge part in restoring it. Eve Tidswell treated us to some fascinating historical facts about the cemetery and its occupants.

Unfortunately, there was not enough time to show us all of these forgotten gems, but that gives us a great excuse to return. I would thoroughly recommend attended one of Eve’s the trips. Please visit their website for further information and don’t forget to view our gallery of photographs of our fascinating visit.

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FoLC members are invited to a guided tour of Holbeck Cemetery led by their Friends group.

 

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                              On Saturday, 10th June, at 11 am

The Family History Section of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society will be holding a lecture entitled

                              “Crime and Punishment” by Kitty Ross

          Venue Swarthmore Centre, 2-7, Woodhouse Square, Leeds, LS3 1AD

                                         Visitors welcome

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 friendsoflawnswoodcemetery@yahoo.co.uk You would be made very welcome.

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‘Dying Matters’ exhibition 17 December 2016 to 30 July 2017 Leeds Gallery, Leeds City Museum

 

                                                                                               

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Death is perhaps the one experience that unites people the world over. But even though every person experiences death and dying, we can often shy away from talking about it. The curators and community team at Leeds Museums and Galleries have linked up with the Leeds steering group of the national Dying Matters initiative to bring this topic to the fore for a seven month display in the Leeds Gallery at Leeds City Museum. The topic of death and dying is a very sensitive one, so we are working hard to deal with it appropriately, and promote positive debate. The Friends of Lawnswood Cemetery will already be aware of many of the issues.

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