The Friends of Brompton Cemetery is 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 for one or more in a family, and £15 for an overseas member. The membership year runs from November 1 to October 31, but new members are welcome to join at any time.
Members receive four 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 1181027.
As an independent organisation entirely reliant on the work of volunteers we are always keen to recruit 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 by email on: email@example.com
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
firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Friends of Brompton Cemetery, North Lodge East Wing, Old Brompton Road, London SW5 9JE. 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, sessions led by John Plant take place on many Wednesday afternoons all year from 1.00pm to 4.00pm. Contact John on email@example.com for more information. 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 were planted, and we are targeting many more than 100,000 in total, plus some shrubs.
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 North Lodge, after tours, at lectures and on Open Day. 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.
The Friends of Brompton Cemetery are members of the National Federation of Cemetery Friends and the Association of Significant Cemeteries in Europe.