Apprenticeships & Skills Development
The Cemetery offers different opportunities for learning new skills. Do get in touch if you are interested in exploring these.
We are delighted to be supporting apprentice stonemason Will Yendell. He is studying for his Level 3 Bankers Mason Course with Heritage Skills at the Crafts College, Stratford. Will worked alongside Messenger Conservation as they repaired nineteen memorials in the first year of the Lottery Funded project, including undertaking the recutting of the inscription on the Memorial Arch. Alongside his college attendance Will is continuing to conserve memorials and is being commissioned to do so by more and more families of those buried in the Cemetery, impressed by the transformation taking place. Will demonstrates his craft at our Heritage Open Days and inspires others to have a go [pictures]
Volunteers have the opportunity to learn other traditional skills, such as hazel weaving for our upper compost bay [picture] and beekeeping [picture]. Volunteers are currently engaged in building their own facility – an architect-designed cedar wood ‘hut’ which will be a cosy base in all weathers [picture].
Through our Adopt a Grave programme volunteers take on the clearing, planting and maintenance of a miniature garden [picture] and also have training in genealogical research so they can uncover the life story of the person whose grave they’re tending.