04th December 2018
Our unique heritage in the heart of Wisbech, and enter 3 green acres of spectacular Victorian cemetery in an atmospheric setting.
To celebrate the installation by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission of 10 headstones marking the graves of 9 WW1 soldiers and 1 WW2 airman, an event was organised on the 13th November 2018 at the General Cemetery.
The newly completed Chapel restoration allowed the Chapel to host over 60 people for refreshments afterwards.
Altogether about 150 people attended the event including children from Peckover Academy, officers and soldiers from the Royal Anglian Regiment, Cambridgeshire Cadet Force, The Royal British Legion, The 876 Group, Trustees and Members of the Society. Deputy Lieutenants of Cambridgeshire, Mrs Belinda Sutton and Richard Barnwell attended with the Mayor and Mayoress of Wisbech.
After a welcome and introduction in the Chapel, Rev Robin Hine led the group around the Cemetery to each of the 11 graves, where children from Peckover Academy laid poppies.
It was poignant that the event coincided with the centenary of the Armistice that ended the First World War and the sounding of a bugle playing the last post, echoing across the cemetery, added to the atmosphere.
On 11th April 2019, almost 100 people gathered at Wisbech General Cemetery for the formal opening of the restored chapel. The afternoon commenced with the introduction of the Wisbech Society Chairman, Ray Johnson, who welcomed the guests that were relatives of some of the people buried in the chapel, people and organisations who had contributed to the project by their work, donations, and help and support, as well as Trustees and Members of the Society.
Wisbech choir, Viva La Voce contributed two songs from the mezzanine level and the relatives as a group unveiled a plaque, made from an oak tree that had grown too close to the building.
David Crouch, Society Treasurer and Project Manager outlined the story of the cemetery and the project and Paul Eden, who edited and updated Kevin Rodger's earlier history of the Cemetery, launched the new book which is available on the Wisbech Society website. Guests were then able to take a walk around the cemetery, resplendent with its spring flowers, before returning to the chapel for refreshments.
We are pleased to welcome the completion of the new exercise routes created by Wisbech Street Pride, with funding from The Healthy Fenland Fund. The route runs from Chapel Road Car park, along the
Octavia Hill Walk up to the rear entrance to Wisbech General Cemetery, and continues past to Leverington Road.
Two of the three routes, each a differnt length, pass through the Cemetery.
We look forward to welcoming new visitors, walkers and runners, as they take the opportunity to improve their fitness while enjoying the outdoors and our beautiful paths and open spaces.
Your contributions enable us to maintain the cemetery as a unique wildlife haven and a place you can return to as its character changes with the seasons.
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