CAN YOU DESIGN A SEAT TO REMEMBER? | Rectory Lane Cemetery, Berkhamsted

Rectory Lane Cemetery, Berkhamsted


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11th September 2016

The Friends of St Peter’s are inviting entries for innovative designs for new seats around the Rectory Lane Cemetery.

Eight new benches are needed at various key locations around the Cemetery.  You may either design an individual bench (sympathetic to the proposed location of the bench) or design a composite scheme for all the benches. The prizes on offer are £1,000, £500 and £250 for the best individual seat designs or you could win one prize of £2,000 if you design a composite scheme. To find out all of the rules and the background information please see

This competition which is open to all, is part of a ‘Parks for People’ Project, a joint initiative of the Big Lottery Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund. It has been inspired by the restoration of the Seat of Remembrance, located by the Memorial Arch in the centre of the Cemetery – a splendid stone and timber bench erected in 1934 by Lucy Foot in memory of her late husband Brigadier General Richard Mildmay Foot. This whole project has been made possible by a generous grant of £8,000 from Tesco’s ‘Bags of Help’ Scheme.

James Moir, Trustee of FoSP and convenor of the RLC project said ‘We want the seating to become part of the attraction of the Cemetery, elevating its sense of being a ‘special place’ and contributing to the enjoyment of the experience.’


The closing date for submissions is Friday 18th November at midnight (GMT). All other terms and conditions are available at:

The Rectory Lane Cemetery acknowledges funding from Tesco Bags of Help, Heritage Lottery Fund, Berkhamsted Town Council, Dacorum Borough Council and Hertfordshire County Council.  



About The Friends of St Peter’s

Launched in 2013 it is a Registered Charity (Registered Charity Number 1160314). The Friends encourage a wider appreciation of the church and its churchyards as a rich store of local and architectural history. Together with the Cowper Society they are responsible for the management of concerts, recitals and other events in St Peter’s Church. They organise social and fund-raising events and act as a focus and resource for all who are interested in the continuing history of our town. The Friends provide an opportunity for individuals, families, local institutions and businesses to become involved in the care and conservation of this irreplaceable heritage.

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