Open day with a difference in Stafford



    Residents and visitors are being invited to an open day – at a cemetery in Stafford.

    The cemetery on the town’s Eccleshall Road has around 1500 graves dating back from its first burial in 1856

    There are also plans to renovate two chapels on the site and these will be open to visitors as part of the Information Day being organised by the Friends of Stafford Cemeteries and Stafford Borough Council, who manage the site.

    The Information Day will take place on Wednesday 30 May from 10am until 3pm. 

    As well as the opportunity to inspect the 160 year old chapels there will be nature walks from the cemetery and stalls.

    The ‘Friends’ group are looking to promote their work to encourage more members of the public to join them and take part on walks which they hope will incorporate Doxey Marshes – a site of Special Scientific Interest. Their plans include making the chapel a place for walkers to meet and providing refreshments and toilet facilities.

    Councillor Frank Finlay, Cabinet Member for Environment and Health, said: “It is good to see the enthusiasm the Friends have to make this historic site more open to the public.

    “I’m sure a day out at the cemetery is not on the top of most people’s things to do list but this information day does present an opportunity to find out more about the work that is going on and how you can be involved in a little piece of Stafford history.”

    More information can be found at the ‘Friends’ Facebook group

    Press release No 5429

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