Story by Saleema Imam. Photos by Nico Hall, Sarah Truman and Donna Wainman.
The Friends of Burngreave Cemetery held their annual well-dressing in conjunction with a community picnic on Saturday 4th June. The theme this year was Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum jubilee, with the well-dressing flower arrangement spelling out “70 years E II R” and the royal crown.
There was no royalty in attendance, but at 11.30am our very own Lord Mayor and Pitsmoor resident Sioned Mair Richards arrived, greeted by our chairman Nico Hall.
After an introduction by Jackie Drayton, the Lord Mayor launched the well-dressing in the company of some of the children from Pitsmoor Adventure Playground who had helped to complete it.
Attending the event, Sarah Truman said:
“The children were enthralled as ever by participating in the preparation and witnessing the glorious finished project of the well-dressing. They enjoyed picking the flowers and naming them and putting them in place on the board. They very much enjoyed their engagement with Saleema and freely chatted about the history of this celebration.
“The children also loved viewing the Chapel from the inside. Alex and Carly Giblin were delighted by meeting our Lord Mayor and were made to feel so special by all the friends of Burngreave Cemetery. A beautiful occasion had by all.”
Carly, a young child at the event, whilst picking daisies oh so carefully said:
“I wish I could come here every day!”
Local councillor Talib Hussain paid a visit, and everyone was entertained with an exciting demonstration of Lau Gar Kung Fu by Stephen Lang. Throughout the afternoon participants shared a variety of tasty refreshments and also visited the All Souls exhibition in the chapel.