The gates are open!
Today marks a key milestone in the life of the Rectory Lane Cemetery Project – following the completion of our three-year transformation programme, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and our own project fundraising, the Rectory Lane Cemetery gates have been opened to the public!
We invite everyone to come and visit in safety. There is a Track and Trace QR code on the notice board as you enter from Rectory Lane. There is plenty of new seating which allows visitors to take a socially distanced seat. With three acres, there is plenty of space for everyone!
There is rain forecast, so if you are coming to look around, bring a brolly. The paths in the main area of the cemetery have been relaid with stone setts and resin seal, so they are no longer slippery and muddy. In the lower sections of the cemetery, we kindly ask everyone to keep to the lovely new paths and to keep off the grass-seeded areas and old cut-throughs, as we are trying to encourage the new grass to grow.
In the top third of the cemetery, the historic fencing has been re-instated. It is not there to keep people out, so please feel free to go through the gates. There are great views across the valley from up there, even in the rain. Please note that the paths in the upper section are still grass, so we ask everyone to be careful in wet weather in case it is muddy.
Come and view the newly restored graves, the new Garden of Remembrance, and the trees in their autumn glory.