It may not be at the top of everyone’s list for a day out – but residents are being invited to a series of open days at cemeteries in Stafford Borough.
People will be able to go behind the scenes at the Stafford Crematorium, the 160 year old Eccleshall Road Cemetery, and Stone Cemetery, during May.
Visitors will be able to view the state of the art cremators and burial systems at the crematorium on Tixall Road, Stafford. There will be a guided tour of the unique woodland and burial areas at Stone. And you will be able to take a look inside the two chapels at Eccleshall Road which have been unused since the 1960s.
The open days are part of National Cemeteries Week which runs from Saturday 11 May until 18 May and are being organised by the Borough Council along with the Friends of Stafford Cemeteries group.
Hundreds of people have attended previous open days at the cemeteries over previous years. This year the dates will be:
- Tuesday 14 May 10am to 2pm – Eccleshall Road Cemetery, Stafford, ST16 1PD
- Thursday 16 May 10am to 2pm – Stone Cemetery, Stafford Road, Stone ST15 0BQ
- Saturday 18 May 10am to 3pm – Stafford Crematorium, Tixall Road, ST18 0XZ
People will also be able to hear about the plans to renovate the two 160 year old chapels on the Eccleshall Road site.
The ‘Friends’ group are looking to raise awareness of their work in preserving local cemeteries as places of remembrance, history and nature.
Phil Gammon, Neighbourhood Services Group Manager at the council, said: “A day out at the cemetery is not going to be on top of most of our resident’s things to do list, but these open days can be fascinating.
“Whether it is to discover a little piece of Stafford history, find out exactly how the cremators operate or demystify the work we do by asking questions of our experts – these days can prove very interesting.
More details about the Bereavement Service at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/bereavement and for further information on the work of the Friends go to their Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofStaffordCemeteries/
Press Release No 5528