Visit To York Cemetery
A New Beginning
|Redcar Cemetery is situated on the East side of Redcar, off Redcar Lane.Within the boundary there are three plots separated by access roads to the Redcar Racecourse car park.On entering the first section, which is the oldest part, through an archway to the right, is a Lodge which is derelict and in need of major refurbishment.As you walk through the archway, ahead are two Chapels, one for Roman Catholics and one for Church of England. Both are derelict and used for storage.
The idea of forming a 'Friends of Redcar Cemetery' was to generate, from whatever source, funding to reastablish and enhance this facility which is dear to the hearts of many Redcar folk, as many of their loved ones are buried there.The Cemetery unfortunately doesn't have a separate budget, so has to appeal to the general budget for funding.Security is a big issue and any vandalism that takes place within the Cemetery, causes a great deal of heartache.The footpaths need to be rebuilt and replaced with Tarmac,(see below).The grass cutting, although adequate doesn't address the problem of grass cuttings and maybe in future through the Friends, they may be able to collect the grass cuttings and store them for compost.The wicket fencing desperately needs to be replaced with stout metal fencing, with gates that are locked at night.The new section has railings to two sides and needs to be extended to include the wicket fencing on the left hand side to the approach to the Borough Park Bowling Club and along Redcar Lane.The boundary walls although they appear to be sound are too low.Maybe with grants and sponsorships, we as a group, can rectify this problem.
The centre section contains an area, where cremated loved ones,are intered and this is beautifully set out and a pleasure to visit.
A new section has just been laid down recently and the fencing around this area is very badly damaged.
Update October 2005
See below for full story-Major changes have taken place and the Group is very pleased with progress.
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The Roman Catholic Chapel
|This appears to have been built at he same time as the lodge and unfortunately it has been the subjected to vandalism.|
The Church of England Chapel
|As with the two previous buildings, this is in the same style and dates back to the 19th Century.|
Inside the Chapel
|The photo shows how ornate the inside was in days gone by|
|This shows the apex.Electricity is supplied to this building but at the moment is not connected.|
The Light Shows Through
|Another view of the apex showing light coming through the small windows.|
All residents who live in the areas below are entitled to participate in the running of 'Friends Of Redcar Cemetery', in order that the Cemetery be brought up to date and prove to be an environmentely friendly area to visit.
In the last twelve months great progress has been made to address the problems that existed when the group was formed.
A Management Committee has been established to promote further improvements.The Officials on the Commttee are-
President-Vera Robinson MBE
Chair- Ged Fleming.
Vice Chair-Mike Walsh.
Other Members making up the Committee are-
Councillor Joyce Benbow.
Councillor Mary Ovens.
Councillor Jean White.
Councillor Keith Blott.
Councillor Irene Curr.
Co-opted Members are Rev Canon John Weetman,Councilor Bob Stanway, Norman Evans and Mrs Betty Highgate.
All four buildings, have been sold to provide privately owned dwellings.Work on these is ongoing.
The main path,which was in a very poor condition has now been completely rebuilt.
The Main Gates which were corroded beyond repair, are being replaced with new gates to the original design.
The future is looking bright as we have formed a laison with Redcar Racecourse Co and Borough Park Bowling Club,to enhance the whole area.Our aim with the help of Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council,Ward Councillors and Officials,is to brighten up Thwaites's Lane leading to the Racecourse Carpark and Borough Rd Bowling Club and to resurface the old dirt track between the old Cemetery and the middle section which is also called Thwaites's Lane and to reastablish low mantainance planting of roundabouts and certain grassed areas within the whole Cemetery.Please leave a message in the Guest Book and tell us what you think.Thanks-Ged
We have just finished a fund raising collection day at Redcar Races on the 1st October and the Committee would like to thank the Racecourse for their Hospitality.Our thanks goes to Neil Etherington,Chief Executive and Jack Potts Chief Security Officer and all front Reception Staff for making our day so relaxed and enjoyable.£489 was raised on the day which we feel was fantastic.
New Road Under Construction
|The old footpath, which was in a dreadful state is shown here getting rebuilt. |
New Road Complete
|Here we see the new road complete.It is hoped in the near future for the road to be officialy opened to mark the progress in reastablishing the Cemetery.|
Belated Christmas Meal
Thirteen members enjoyed a an Evening meal at the Park Hotel in Redcar on Wednesday 18th January with all the trimmings.
The first edition of our Newsletter is now due for publication, we hope you find it both interesting and informative.
|On the 17th February 2006 new gates were erected in Redcar Cemetery.The Committee are very pleased with these but there is a long way to go before our objectives are complete.Four new projects are in the pipeline so residents nearby and visitors will hopefully see a vast improvement to the whole area, in the coming months.The old gate shown below was part of a pair that were originally erected in 1874.The other gate was damaged when a lorry collided with the gate post.Both gates have suffered the ravages of time but it is hoped they will be saved for inclusion in the Kirkleatham Museum collection.
|Here we see the new gates fitted and ready to be painted.The committee wish to thank all concerned in the successful outcome of this project.|
Big Race Day
|The 'Lincoln Handicap' was held at Redcar Racecourse for the first time because Doncaster Racecourse was being refurbished on Saturday 25th March 2006.
The main road into the car park is Thwaites Lane which devides the sections of Redcar Cemetery.After meetings with Redcar Racecourse's Chief Executive Neil Etherington and officials of Redcar and Cleveland Council it was decided to renovate this road.Fences were painted,old flag stones were replaced with tarmac and flower tubs planted along the road.
This is very pleasing for the Committee of 'Friends of Redcar Cemetery' as this goes along way to addressing the problem of the area being rundown.
|The centre piece of the Crematorium Memorial Garden has now been completely rebuilt and planted with shrubs.Always a pleasure to visit|
Our MP Pays a Visit
We were delighted to welcome the Member of Parliament for Redcar Mrs Vera Baird QC MP on a visit to the cemetery to see the improvement made and what is still to do.Vera spent ninety minutes touring the cemetery and was welcomed into the recently refurbished chapel by owner Mick and his wife.The party also visited the lodge and old mortuary which are also being restored.To cap an enjoyable visit a photo of the occasion was taken.
|Pictured from left to right on the back row are-Thomas Wilson,Ged Fleming (Chairman) Mike Walsh(Vice-Chairman)Vera Baird QC MP and our newly appointed Mayor Coucillor Mary Ovens.
Front row left to right-Dorothy Ahmed (Treasurer)Joyce Dowding,Vera Robinson(President) and Councillor Joyce Benbow.Not on the photo but part of the tour were Councillors Jean White,Irene Curr and Keith Blott.
|New fencing which will eventually replace the wicket fencing around the whole of the cemetery, has now been started.The committee would like to thank all concerned in this project|
|The group are very pleased to anounce that Lord Zetland,who's family donated land for the cemetery in 1874, has agreed to be our Patron.We invited him to visit the cemetery and also meet with our committee members at our monthly meeting.The visit was very successful and we look forward to working closely with him in the future.|
A small group on our committee has started a maintenance group to tidy up non-grave areas,weeding and planting.This group is open to anyone who is fit to do the work.The group will be kitted out with the required tools etc.If you are interested please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
|Gill and Dot helping to plant 1000 crocus bulbs in the old section of the cemetery|
Praying for a result
|Gene on her kneeling mat praying the bulbs will flower in the Spring|
|Members of the maintenance group from left to right-Dot,Gill,Gene and Mary.|
The group raised a grand total of £385 at a tombola in Morrisons on December 20th.The group would like to thank Morrisons and all who supported this event.
Carol singing was organised in the cemetery for the first time and it proved a success.£35 was raised and the group is very grateful to Rev.John Weetman of St Peters Church for leading the singing and to all who attended.Thanks also to Mick the owner of the chapel for his hospitality on the day.We hope to make this an annual event.
A belated Christmas carvary was enjoyed by sixteen members at the Park Hotel Redcar on Saturday 27th January.
|The 'Friends group were honoured to receive theMayors Community Achievement Award for 2007.Amongst other worthy winners, nine of our group were presented with a framed certificate in Eston Town Hall with refreshments in the Mayor's Parlour afterwards.|
The group held a tombola in Morrisons Redcar Branch on Tuesday 27th March.£230 was raised which we are delighted with and wish to thank Morrison's staff for all their help and hopitality and all who contributed in any way.
|Joyce (seated)Dot and Mick, man the stall|
Visit to Tees Dock
|The Fiends Group paid a visit to the Mission of Seamen's Tees Dock club to present a copy of the photograph above of Rev Edgar Greenshield.We would like to thank Colin Worwick Chaplain of the Mission and Barry Doyle for all their hospitality on the day.|
Group Visit to Tees Dock
|Here we see the group all kitted out for their tour|
|The presentation of the photograph to the Chaplain of the Mission Of Seamen by the chair of the group.|
|After trailing through the ledgers of the burials within the old section of the cemetery,the group found 150 infants were buried in unmarked communal graves between 1937 and 1970.
The group decided to erect a sandstone block with a memorial plaque to commemorate these children.The block was supplied by Eskdale Stone of Whitby and the plaque was supplied by English Signs of Worcester.The lads from the cemetery maintenance gang brought it from Whitby and erected it in the top right hand corner of the old cemetery.
A memorial service was arranged with the Mayor of Redcar and Cleveland Coun Wendy Wall unveiling the stone with the Rev Canon John Weetman conducting the service.About fifty people attended and refreshments were served in Redcar Racecourse.
The group held a tin collection on the Racecourse and raised £693 which is not only a record for us as far as they know it is a record for Redcar Racecourse.Our thanks goes to Lord Zetland (Chairman),Neil Etherington (Chief Executive)and Sarah Bunting (Events Organiser) of Redcar Racecourse Co and a special thankyou to our collectors.These are Norman 94,Vera 93,Joyce 85,Keith 81,Mick 80 and Gina 83.and us youngens but the figures above are true which makes our group more remarkable.
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