Hello again to all our Action Day volunteers on 4th July 2020

Another month has gone by - I don’t know how it goes so quickly! I hope everyone is still well and bearing up under these strange circumstances.

I recently met Ranger Nick at Lawnswood with Sue and Gladys to talk about plans for the priority tasks when we return. We don’t have any dates or plans yet from the Council but it will be good to be prepared for when we do get the green light to go back.

We will share our thoughts with the rest of the Committee and with Gardener Chris and Bereavement Services management and when we have agreed the plans we will let you know. It will be so good to be back, and there is lots to do! I really miss going every month and seeing you all.  There were some LCC staff mowing in the 1910 section when we were there and doing a great job. It looked lovely!

I hope you are benefiting from the further relaxation of rules brought in on 4th July and the new guidance for us to follow.

However, please do take care, follow the guidance, and look after yourselves as we hope to see everyone back fit and well when we are able to resume volunteering activities. Fingers crossed it won’t be too long now. It will be great to see you again!


Chair of the Friends of Lawnswood Cemetery

Hello to all Action Day volunteers- June 2020

Another month has gone by: I don’t know how it goes so quickly given the circumstances we are in! I hope you are all keeping well and continuing to cope with the lockdown restrictions. We have thankfully had some easing of them this month which I am sure we have all welcomed, but life is still anything but normal.

I have made enquiries with the Council about any plans to resume volunteering but they are waiting for more guidance from the government before making any decisions, so I have no news on that front yet. I can’t wait to see everyone again! Sadly, at this stage we still don’t know when that will be.

We had some beautiful photographs of the laburnum trees in full bloom at Lawnswood thanks to Anne, which we put onto Facebook for those who use it.

The next edition of the newsletter for members of the FoLC will be distributed in due course, when it is ready. We are still working on it at the moment.

And so, we will see what the next month brings and hope that it won’t be too long before we all meet again. Meanwhile, take care, stay safe, and I will continue to keep in touch each month.


Chair of the Friends of Lawnswood Cemetery

To our Action Day volunteers- I am thinking about you all as we would have been meeting up today, 2nd May, to work in the cemetery. How much I am missing it! Anne has very kindly been taking some photographs as she has walked round using the cemetery for her daily walk! These have been shared on our Facebook page for those of you who use it. Thank you, Anne! When we get back we will need to pick up on the tree training some of us did and try and get that working. Nick is currently working on an educational programme for children to encourage learning in the cemetery, and we will have a lot of work to catch up on with the shrubbery growth no doubt, getting that back under control. So, there will be plenty to think about and occupy us once we are back, whenever that is. The Committee is continuing to meet virtually each month to keep in touch and encourage progress on those areas of work we can do from home, such as the wording for the proposed lecterns. I hope everyone is keeping well and coping with the restrictions we are all living under. How much more than ever will we appreciate our time together working in the cemetery when we are able to get back there! A few people have said to me how much more they are noticing the birdsong just around and about, particularly with less traffic noise to compete with. I bet the birdsong at the cemetery is lovely too! So, take care everyone, and I will be back with another up-date next month. Janice Chair of the Friends of Lawnswood Cemetery

Hello Action Day volunteers  – this is just to say hi and to hope that you are all keeping well and managing to keep your spirits up in these difficult days. I thought it would be nice if I made contact on each Action Day just to say hello and to make sure we keep in touch. We have no idea how long this is going to go on, and it would be such a shame to lose contact when we have been together as a group for several years now. Thinking of you on our April 4th Action Day.

The Committee is meeting “virtually” every month, having a meeting by email, just to stay in touch and keep things ticking over until we can be back together again. We will continue to work on the wording for the other lecterns so that when we come through this we will be ready to fundraise for other ones we plan around the cemetery, along the same lines as the Ethel Preston one. That is if anyone has any money left by then! I think there will be a lot of change for a long time after we come through all this. 

But one thing is for sure – the cemetery will be overgrowing and will need us to get it back into shape! So stay fit and well, think about better days ahead, and I will be back in touch in May to say hello.

With all good wishes


On behalf of the Committee

Ps – if you don’t want to be contacted in this way while the Action Days are not operating just let us know and we will stop sending you them, and won’t be offended either !


MARCH 2020

The Committee of the Friends of Lawnswood Cemetery is very sorry to inform its members and supporters that the AGM scheduled for 16th April 2020 has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 virus. An alternative date will be arranged when it is possible to resume public activities. Meanwhile the Committee will continue with its work as best it can under these unprecedented circumstances. 

It is also regrettable that the monthly Action Days have been suspended until further notice as Leeds City Council suspends its Parks and Countryside volunteering led activities across the city because of the virus. We very much value the support of the Council and fully understand the need to protect its staff and volunteers.

We all look forward to better times ahead and meanwhile wish all our members, volunteers and supporters well in these very difficult times.

Janice Simpson


Friends of Lawnswood Cemetery