In 2010/11 Councillor Ralph Cousins approached Havant Borough Council on behalf of local residents and suggested volunteers could look after New Lane Cemetery, parts of which had become neglected. The Council contacted The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) and asked if they could help to establish a volunteer group. TCV applied for funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which was successful, and the Havant Cemeteries Project began in June 2012. Fifty volunteers were involved through the practical conservation sessions, the programme of workshops, wildlife surveys and creating the exhibition, equating to over 1,500 hours of time.
The Friends of Havant Cemeteries was formed to take over when the Project ended in August 2014. We are a conservation group with no affiliation to any religious organisations. We continue to be supported by TCV who organise the Havant Conservation Forum and we work closely with Havant Borough Council.
The Group aims to conserve, enhance and discover the natural and social history contained within Havant borough cemeteries, specifically St Faith’s, New Lane and Warblington natural burial ground, and provides opportunities to become involved in practical conservation volunteering, wildlife surveying and social history research.
Although we undertake some work within the cemeteries, we are not responsible for graves. If you have any queries relating to burials or maintenance of graves, please contact Havant Borough Council.
We welcome new members. Please refer to the FAQs page or use the Contact form to find out more.
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