Many thanks to Maria Blanca Gomez for sending in this wonderful picture of the Brockley and Ladywell Cemeteries in their autumnal glory.
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Brockley Cemetery is holding an Open Day on Tuesday 30 October, from 12.00 – 1.00pm.
It aims to give people an opportunity to look around Brockley Vaults and to see how they operate. Members of the public are very welcome to come along, look round and ask questions.
At 12.15pm cemetery staff will demonstrate how the Vaults are opened to allow the internment of a new coffin.
The Vaults were installed two years ago by Welters, a specialist Vault makers based in Carlisle. There are 140 chambers in the area. Each chamber can accommodate 2 coffins, or caskets.
meeting at the Ladywell chapel via cemetery entrance in Ivy Road,
Lewisham SE4. As this will be on Remembrance Day we certainly intend
to pause by the war memorial on the "eleventh hour of the eleventh
day of the eleventh month" after which bin-liners will continue to
receive more than eleven bits of discarded rubbish no-doubt.
Volunteers welcome to participate with their own supplied gloves and
bin-liner. (Risk assessment as required to be applied for.)
Please call Bob Clark (020 7639 2929) or e-mail (email@example.com) him if you want more information
Here are some pictures from Sunday's walk. Bob Clark gave a very informative guided talk to a group of Healthy Brockley walkers about the natural world that exists within the Cemeteries. While many invertebrates have by now 'gone to ground', hibernated or shuffled off their mortal seasonal coils they were able to locate the ready to over-winter 'nursery pod' of the Wasp Spider Argiope bruennichi.
The Friends of Brockley and Ladywell Cemetery also mounted an exhibition in the Chapel of Bob's. Many thanks to all involved in this inaugural event!