We usually send our friends and supporters a newsletter around the time of Christmas and New Year to coincide with the request for the following year’s subscription. This year, we are pleased to include a Gift Aid form for you to complete, along with your subscription, which will provide the Friends with extra income to aid future projects.

We also have news regarding members of the Committee. Michael Sanders has stepped down as Chairman of the Friends due to ill health but continues to be a member of the Committee. We would like to express our thanks to him for many years of service to the Friends, from being a founder member, Secretary and then Chairman and look forward to seeing him at future meetings.

Sarah Taylor has taken over as Chairman, Alan Boswell has become Treasurer, and Paul Rees is now Assistant Secretary. Esther Collington remains as Secretary.

A new Management Plan for the cemetery is now in place, if you would like to know more, please contact the Secretary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring 0115 8757085. The Friends are also committed to a year on year rolling programme of repairing graves.

A new sign has been placed at the entrance to the cemetery, with the help of Pride in Erewash, of Erewash Borough Council. I am sure you will agree that it is very striking.

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A “Summer Celebration” event was held in the cemetery on Saturday, 14 July, 2012. This year the music was provided by the Derby Serenaders, a 15 strong sit down Brass/Woodwind band, who proved to be very entertaining. The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Jennifer Hulls opened the event, assisted by Jessica Lee MP.

Poet John Keeling, who has appeared on BBC Springwatch, read a specially composed poem for the event, Rosalind Allen of Groundwork Derby and Derbyshire, led 'Gravestone Detectives' from the Education Pack currently on our website and face painting was provided by Ella Bramwell. Displays included Erewash Valley Wildlife, Animal Magic, Ilkeston and District Local History Society, Friends of Park Cemetery Ilkeston, and there were wildlife friendly plants for sale. The Friends provided refreshments and with thanks to the hard work of Assistant Secretary, Paul Rees, it was possible for visitors to look up their ancestors buried in the cemetery in a specially printed book of burial records.

The 2013 “Celebration” plans are currently underway, either look on our website or look out for our next notification of events.

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If you would like Paul to look up your ancestor in the burials book, for a donation (minimum of £3), please send details of full names and approximate date of death as far as is possible. Please be aware that for 4,737 recorded burials, there are only 283 monuments. The majority of people buried are in an unmarked grave but we do have records for all 4,737. Please do not email but send a cheque(made out to the Friends of Stanton Road Cemetery) and request (accompanied by an email address if possible, to save on postage) in writing to Paul Rees, 96 Spinney Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire. DE74LH

The Friends have again been busy during 2012. On Saturday, 28 January, members presented a display at Erewash Museum Local Heritage Day; on Saturday, 28 July, we joined the Friends of Park Cemetery Ilkeston ( ) at their Open Day and on Saturday, 8 September we held a guided walk as part of the Erewash and Amber Valley Autumn Footprints series. Our walk was called “A Grave Affair” and started in Stanton Road Cemetery where approximately 18 visitors were shown around by Committee member John Hickman. Then Paul Rees guided us to St Mary’s Church on Ilkeston Market Place, where Stephen Flinders and Danny Corns, of Ilkeston and District Local History Society, gave us a tour of the churchyard and the little known extension churchyard. The walk finished in the chapel of Park Road Cemetery, where the Friends of Park Road Cemetery gave us an interesting talk and tasty refreshments.

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On Thursday, 22 November, Derby College special needs students made one of their regular trips to the cemetery to help tidy it up, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their help on these valuable days.

Finally, may we remind everyone that the 6 membership subscription for 2013 is now due. Please complete and return the enclosed form, along with the Gift Aid form if appropriate.

As always, we would like to thank everyone for their help and support during 2012.

Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year on behalf of the Committee.

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