This page will be updated with brief News Updates to keep you informed of what we are doing over the old Cemetery.
“People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors” Edmund Burke.
11th NovemberToday we attended Armistice Day at the Machine Gun Memorial. It was attended be Veterans with Mayor Roger West and Chairman David Owen laying poppy wreathes for Folkestone and Shepway. It was noticeable that the cemetery looked tidy and cared for and many people commented on it. 18th AugustWork continues with our small working groups, supported by SDC’s groundsmen, and if you visit you will see how much better the cemetery looks. Les Kibble CWGC Regional Supervisor South East will visit the cemetery again in a few days to discuss with Jan Holben a project to make information about CWG’s and other significant graves more easily available using technology. 23rd July If you can get your hands on the July issue of Go Folkestone’s newsletter do get hold of it, along with lots of articles about Volunteer groups it also includes a lovely article written by Hugh Barker our Secretary which promotes our lovely cemetery and our FOFC group. Thank you Hugh. And whilst I am talking about writing - a book you would find very interesting is ‘A Glint In The Sky’ by local historian Martin Easdown with Thomas Genth. The book is all about the great Folkestone Air Raid and associated events and lists the many victims of the Air Raid. 31st May On 25th May a service to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Gotha bombing (also known as the Folkestone air raid) was held and a Plaque was unveiled in the Garden of Remembrance. Many relatives of the victims travelled from across the country and beyond to attend. To make this event happen significant research over 3 years was done by Margaret Care assisted by Martin Easdowne (author of A Glint In The Sky) and working with FTC and SDC this event was well attended and very successful. You can see pictures of the event taken by local man Christopher J B Gannon HERE28th FebruaryJan and Richard popped over the cemetery this afternoon to say hello to Giles Barnard SDC’s community safety officer who was working with a group of Challenger young people. They were doing great work - and there were lots of big piles of cuttings everywhere. Thank you Giles Barnard and Thank you Challenger Team Leaders and young people. 14th FebruaryConfirmation has been received that a Ward Funding request submitted to Cllr Rory Love has been successful. This will be put towards safety clothing and equipment and literature. Thank you Cllr Rory Love for your support. 16th JanuaryA Ward Grant application was submitted to Cllr Clive Goddard and he kindly supported it. Today I took delivery of a variety of new tools including a strimmer/bush trimmer and a variety of cutting tools. Thank you Cllr Clive Johnson for your support.13th JanuaryWork over the cemetery continues on this cold wintry Saturday. The group are making a huge difference but there is still plenty to do. The Rotary Club has donated lots of purple crocus bulbs and these were planted around the Cross of Sacrifice in the grassy area. It is quite late to plant these bulbs so there might not be much of a show this year, but hopefully there will be a lovely display next spring. 6th January6th January FOFC Secretary Margaret Care had put an application into the Postal Lottery Fund to provide funding for work on the Gotha Garden and other associated work in the cemetery. Final paperwork was sent in to meet the 12th January deadline - Fingers crossed now that it will be successful. Further funding opportunities and sponsorship will be explored this year for significant items (Gotha/nature interpretation panels, CWG/military interpretation panels, seats for the Gotha garden, reinstate major pathways) . Update 14/02: Sadly due to postal difficulties we missed the deadline for this funding bid. Next deadline is August - we will try again.
The ‘Friends’ are a volunteer group formed to protect, preserve and promote interest in this lovely old Victorian cemetery.