Rectory Lane Cemetery, Berkhamsted

Rectory Lane Cemetery, Berkhamsted


Volunteering for the Friends is a great way to get out in the open, get exercise, make new friends and to give something back to the Berkhamsted community.

Since 2014, we have been working together as volunteers to drive a community initiative to conserve and enhance Rectory Lane Cemetery, and St Peter’s and its churchyards. We are working to repair conserve historic monuments and structures, and to enhance the cemetery’s natural habitat to encourage wild species to thrive. Have a look at what we’ve achieved do far.

Whatever your age or abilities, we would love you to join us.

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How you can help

We would love you to come and join our initiative and share your time and skills. Whatever your abilities or fitness, we welcome contributions from everyone! Here are some of the ways you can help:

In this Section:

Get Involved!

Work party volunteers

Come along to one of our events or help at the Rectory Lane Cemetery work parties (First Sunday in every month, 2-4 p.m.).

Spread the word

Visitors to the cemetery

Connect to friends, relations etc. both within and beyond the Town – spread the news about our worthwhile projects and events. Encourage others to volunteer or to join the Friends.

Share on Social Media

Spread the word - share on social media!

Spread the word online!

  • Like our Facebook page
  • Follow us on Twitter
  • ..and do please Like and Share our posts in local Facebook groups and Tweet about our events

Support our local heritage and keep reminding people of this wonderful project!

Offer your Expertise

Surveyor on-site

The Friends are on the look-out for people with talents and skills to further our work on projects and running events

For the Cemetery Project, for example, putting together the Master Plan requires a range of skills and expertise

  • business planning
  • accountancy input
  • research into other successful cemetery projects
  • history of the cemetery and families interred here
  • ecology and architectural survey skills
  • IT, website and database creation/management
  • mapping skills
  • marketing/audience development skills
  • masonry conservation skills
  • legal skills
  • artistic/design skills
  • knowledge of access and needs of the disabled
  • project management skills

Who do you know?

Can your business offer tools or other help?

If you don’t feel you can get involved practically, then perhaps there is someone who you could gently persuade. We would like to get local businesses involved – they may well be able to offer corporate support in the form of work parties, or donations of tools and equipment.


Bring in Newcomers

Community events help to involve everyone

There may be other organisations you are involved with – Scouts or Rotary perhaps, who might be willing to donate some labour, or carry out visitor surveys. Or groups who might like to think about using the cemetery for sensitive educational and recreational uses – painting/photography groups, schools – please introduce us to them.

You will have other ideas as well – please do share them!