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Restoration of Peaceful Berkhamsted Cemetery gets Underway

August 30, 2018 5:04 PM

Rectory Lane Cemetery RestorationWhile up at Pheasant Close a couple of weeks ago I noticed two gazebos and a small crowd gathered in the cemetery that lies between Rectory Lane and Three Close Lane.

Wandering in I found the crowd listening in rapt attention to the words of a man standing on one of the gravestones.

But, no, it wasn't some re-enactment of the Sermon on the Mount - it was part of the events around the restoration of the Rectory Lane Cemetery. The orator was actually taking the audience through the complex lifestyle and habits of bees.

There has already been local fundraising and grants, but the major resource behind this restoration is a £1 million award from the Heritage Lottery Fund to repair 19 memorials at the site.

More funds will be needed of course for works to paths, trees and shrubs.

A further fundraising event is planned for Saturday, September 1st, involving portrayals of local Victorian personages and scenes, thus giving several mature gentlemen the opportunity to dress up like Jacob Rees-Mogg.

Details on www.stpetersberkhamstedfriends.org.uk/projects/cemetery