Registered Charity

The FOBLC is recognised by HMRC as a charity, ref. XT38745, and is a member of the National Federation of Cemetery Friends

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Director Derek Shiel to introduce screening in chapel of his film - David Jones: Innovation & Consolidation

FOBLC are pleased to welcome Derek Shiel, director of the film to introduce and discuss the work of David Jones

The third film of Derek Shiel's wonderful trilogy takes David Jones from the Second World War up to the time of his death in 1974 at Calvary Nursing Home in Harrow. This deals with Jones as an innovator and how his work was consolidated both as painter and as poet. The former Archbishop of Canterbury is interviewed and also the critics Paul Hills and Frances Spalding amongst others.

The screening will take place on Saturday 27 th September from 19.00 pm -21.00 pm in the Cemetery Dissenters Chapel ( Ladywell ) entrance to the cemetery from Brockley Grove ( nr P4 bus stop opposite Gordonbrock School).  Doors open from 18.30 pm

Donation of £5 towards screening is kindly requested ( light refreshments available) please note that numbers restricted to 40 due to Chapel size.

Please can you let us know by booking in advance -


On Sunday 17th August at 2.00pm there will be a guided walk which will feature some of the fascinating stories of artists, poets and assorted luminaries buried in the cemetery.

Led by Mike Guilfoyle it will commence from the Ladywell Gate entrance at 14.00 pm and last approximately 1.5 hours.  All are welcome to come along and the walk is free though donations are always appreciated.

Wrenches, Trenches, and Stenches: a public art exhibition commemorating the start of the First World War

Public Art Exhibition commemorating the start of the First World War

Ladywell Chapel hosted a two day art exhibition commemorating the start of the First World War. on Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd August 2014.

The First  World War - or the Great  War 1914-1918 was fought on 3 continents and saw 14 million killed and 34 million wounded. This year commemorates the 100th year anniversary of  the start of the First World War on 5th August 2014.Women war artists were commissioned in the First World  War, but had few opportunities to venture beyond the domestic, social, and industrial operations on the home front.

This public art exhibition commissioned 7 women artists to give their unique perspective on the First World  War from life on the front line, as well as on the home front. Each artist produced 3 artworks: commemorating the start of  the war in 1914; the middle of the war in 1916; and the end of the war on Armistice Day in 1918.

Nicky Scott-Francis looked at the landscape of  war based on research at the Imperial  War Museum - particularly the fear of a gas attack. Jolanta Jagiello based on research f rom the Musei della Grande Guerra Open Air Museum in South Tyrol examined how deliberately setting off avalanches saw thousands of soldiers serving in the Alpine Front killed. Elisabeta Chojak-Mysko’s artworks focussed on the heat of  battle so that we should not forget. Whilst Sara Scott told the personal story of  her grandfather’s munitions factory and its contribution to the war effort. Louise Kosinska traced the love story between her grandfather in Belgium and her grandmother serving as Red Cross Nurse. Monica Wheeler highlighted how families were divided by the war, serving on all sides. And f inally Jill Rock concentrated on her German family roots, interned in Britain for their own safety during the World War I.

The exhibition was curated by Jolanta Jagiello and funded by Southwark Council Community Fund. Guided walks of notable graves were also  led by the Friends of Brockley & Ladywell Cemeteries.                            

FOBLC Open Day

Here are some photos from our Open Day on Sunday.  Many thanks to all those who helped and of course all the many who came!  A good time was had by all

FOBLC Open Day
Jeff Hart leads a walk

plant symbol of London
Observing a lovely cluster of Rose Bay Willow Herb, the plant symbol of London

Cinnabar caterpillar Brockley
Colourful Cinnabar caterpillar found on the nature walk

Colin our Treasurer tops up the funds with some plant sales

Inside the Chapel during the Open Day

Come to our FOBLC Open Day Sunday 13th July 2014



11am - 4.30pm

·            Photographic Exhibition of monuments and wildlife in the Ladywell Chapel
·            Guided walks of the Cemeteries visiting the graves of sportsmen, poets, war veterans and local figures
·      Identify skulls with Terry
·            Refreshments
·            Plant stall
Subject to Availability

Ladywell Cemetery, Ladywell Road, SE13 7HY
Ladywell station (short walk up hill), Bus P4
Brockley Cemetery, Brockley Road, SE4 2QY

Crofton Park station (short walk), Buses 122, 171, 172