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


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A wreath of poppies was laid and two minutes silence observed by members of the committee on behalf of the Friends  of Lawnswood Cemetery


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Summer Party 2019

Our annual members tea party in August was very well attended again with Gladys's Quiz causing a lot of memory searching and some fierce competition. After a splendid afternoon tea,provided by the committee , we all settled down to hear a talk "Cemeteries of Leeds" given by Antony Ramm. Summer Party 2019 Photos