Rectory Lane Cemetery in Berkhamsted delivers free programme of activities

There is a variety of things to do

By Reporter
Tuesday, 24th August 2021, 3:29 pm
Updated Tuesday, 24th August 2021, 3:30 pm

Rectory Lane Cemetery is delivering an exciting and varied programme of free community events in Berkhamsted over the next few weeks.

Rectory Lane Cemetery is a historic cemetery and green space in Berkhamsted, and over the last few years it has become a place for the community.

In 2014 the Friends of St Peter’s Great Berkhamsted launched the Rectory Lane Cemetery Project to restore the cemetery, and a team of volunteers set about clearing overgrown weeds and recording the burials.

You can Picnic like a Victorian at Rectory Lane Cemetery on September 12

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    After much hard work, the group secured funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund to carry out a major three-year programme to transform Rectory Lane Cemetery from ‘a dead space to a living place’.

    Now, the area has become a venue for many as local groups hosted events there.

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    > August 25 - Nature Walks (10.30am till 12pm) - A collaboration with the Hospice of St Francis. Tai Chi in the Garden of Remembrance. Suitable for beginners, followed by a tour of the restored cemetery and refreshments.

    You can book your place via the Hospice by calling 01442 869550 or emailing [email protected].

    > August 27, and August 28 - Down Rectory Lane (10am till 4pm) - Public art event in collaboration with Open Door. An opportunity to contribute to a beautiful woven artwork. Suitable for the whole family, all materials and help provided.

    No booking required – just drop in one of these days. Refreshments and live music programme.

    > September 4 - A collaboration with Berkhamsted Royal British Legion. (2pm till 3pm) - Celebrating the centenary of the Berkhamsted Royal British Legion with a Service of Dedication to the new War Memorial in the Garden of Remembrance. No booking necessary

    > September 12 - Picnic like a Victorian (11am till 4pm) - Come along with your picnic, dressed up in Victorian costume if you like and enjoy a varied programme of Victorian and food related entertainment, as part of the 2021 Heritage Open Days with its theme of Edible England. Book your place here.