The Friends of Lye and Wollescote Cemetery
The Friends of Lye and Wollescote Cemetery are volunteers who help to maintain and enhance the cemetery for local people to enjoy as a place of remembrance, local history and a haven for wildlife.
The Friends help out in a number of ways:
- Caring for graves by clearing ivy, holly and weeds and other practical tasks such as bulb planting, pruning shrubs and clearing paths. Join them on the first Saturday of every month
- Organising guided walks and events
- Fundraising to repair some of the Victorian graves
- Further research into the history of the cemetery and those at rest
The cemetery is managed by Dudley Borough Council and is still open for burials and internment of ashes. The recently restored chapels, now known as the Thomas Robinson Building, are owned by the West Midlands Historic Buidlings Trust. Dudley Borough Council Citizenship and Registration Services use the venue for weddings and civil partnerships. The Friends Group works closely with both organisations.
There is no minimum commitment. Friends give as much or as little time as they can.
Another Grave Uncovered!
The Haywood family graves with links to the Titanic revealed after clearing the ivy and weeds on 4th July
In just two hours, the volunteers filled twelve garden sacks with weeds and pine needles and helped to uncover a grave that links Lye to the Titanic disaster.
The Friends after a good mornings work!
Come along and help the Friends at their next practical working event on the first Saturday of every month.