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Friends

The Friends are an independent organisation, working in partnership and very close co-operation with the Royal Parks, but with its own policies and plans, free to disagree and argue for different approaches when that seems appropriate.

Annual membership of The Friends of Brompton Cemetery costs just £10. The membership year runs from November 1 to October 31, but new members are welcome to join at any time.

Members receive three A5 magazines per year, with news about the cemetery and its management, Friends’ events and activities, biographical sketches of notable personalities, nature notes, reviews, anecdotes, poetry – anything and everything of interest to Friends of Brompton Cemetery. Donations are also very welcome to help us with our work! We are a Registered Charity, Number 298605.

Download a Membership Form

The Friends of Brompton Cemetery’s volunteer guides lead regular public tours of the cemetery on Sunday afternoons, as well as private tours for groups and clubs.


Volunteers

As an independent organisation entirely reliant on the work of volunteers we are always keen to recruit not only new members, but people with the time and energy to contribute actively to The Friends’ ambitions. This is especially important as the extensive developments arising out of the Heritage and Big Lottery Fund project rely heavily on volunteer work. There are many ways in which volunteers can contribute, and if this is of interest to you, please contact the Friends on 020 7351 1689 or by email on: aatait12@gmail.com

If you are interested in becoming a guide, please join one of the regular Sunday tours, and identify yourself to the Friends’ guide for more information.

The Friends of Brompton Cemetery participate in a Joint Working Group with the Royal Parks (who manage the cemetery) and representatives of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to develop plans for the care and improvement of the cemetery, and to assist with their implementation. The Friends occasionally help to maintain the cemetery and its monuments by leading corporate volunteer days; please contact us directly if your group would like to give a day’s work to clearing undergrowth.

The Friends offer a range of guidebooks, maps, postcards and other literature for sale from the Friends’ Office, after tours, at lectures and on Open Day. We sometimes have a volunteer on site to answer enquiries and sell literature during the week. The Friends’ noticeboards, near the Old Brompton Road and Fulham Road entrances, display current information about tours, events and other items of interest to Friends and other visitors to the cemetery.

For grave searches, please contact the Cemetery offices on 020 7352 1201 (+44 20 7352 1201 from outside the UK).

The Friends of Brompton Cemetery are members of the National Federation of Cemetery Friends and the Association of Significant Cemeteries in Europe.


Volunteers needed

As the Restoration Project nears completion we look forward to a major relaunch of activities in the Cemetery, significantly more than in the past. These will rely heavily on volunteer support, and we are looking for new volunteers to strengthen our existing volunteer force. We have already started a recruitment campaign for people interested in helping us manage a wide range of activities in the new public rooms in the Meeting Place in North Lodge, and are very pleased with the response so far. However we need many more volunteers during the coming months to enable us to expand our work throughout the Cemetery. 

We need people interested in leadership roles, and many others for stewarding and support work. Examples of the kinds of volunteer support we need are helping to:
• Manage activities in the new meeting rooms in North Lodge, to enable us to open the rooms to the public more frequently and for longer hours than our starting position in February of 10.00 to 4.00 on Fridays and Saturdays 
• Manage activities in the Chapel, (many with an ‘arts’ flavour) 
• Strengthen our social media work
• Strengthen our communications and administration. We urgently need two new volunteer administrators 
• Contribute to our work with the local community, helping groups to find interests in the Cemetery which they did not know were there, and to take advantage for their own purposes of our facilities and spaces
• Serve refreshments in the Chapel      
If you are interested, or know others who might be, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Ann Mulcare, at 
bromptonproject@royalparks.gsi.gov.uk or deliver to South Lodge Project Office, South Gate, Brompton Cemetery, Fulham Road, London SW10 9UG. Even if you are able to offer as little as a half day or one day a month you will be welcome.

And if gardening is of interest, on Wednesday afternoons,1.30 to 4.00 or Saturday mornings, 10.00 to 1.00, contact John Plant on jandc@jpcs.org. This involves weeding and clearing graves and scrub, and planting bulbs in the spring and autumn over the next two or three years. In the spring and autumn of 2017 nearly 30,000 bulbs have been planted, and we are targeting many more than 100,000 in total, plus some shrubs. 

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