Kind Hearted Cubs Volunteer in Graveyard

A massive thank you to the Cubs who volunteered in the graveyard on Friday night. Not only did they donate their time, but they had also managed to persuade Aldi to donate some plants. Thanks to their efforts the graves at the front of the graveyard are looking a lot...
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A Spoiler at Noonday – Reverend Malleson

Our research into the people buried in the graveyard has uncovered quite a few unusual stories. Reverend Malleson had the reputation of being a liberal minded man and often spent time holidaying with the gypsies. His friendship with them, inspired him to write a number of short stories, one of which can be read by clicking on the link below. CBYCP – Graveyard – Malleson – A...
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When a spoonful of poison helps the medicine go down

When Joanne Wenlock contacted us to volunteer to help with September’s heritage festival; little did she think that it would result in her starting her own living history company. Joanne spoke to Talk About North Solihull about her experiences and her unusual...
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Drop Dead Gorgeous

Research into the death of two young boys by poisoning, caused our volunteers to explore the use of Arsenic during the Victorian period. Their discoveries are featured in the January edition of Talk About North Solihull. The Stories Behind the Headstones project was funded by the Heritage Lottery...
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Castle Bromwich Audio Guide

Heritage Tour – Discover the Stories Behind the Headstones This audio guide was designed as a walking tour of Castle Bromwich, but it would work equally well as a documentary listened to from the comfort of your own home. It is designed to be played on an iPod, mobile phone or mp3 player so that you can listen to the guide as you walk. The tour begins at the car park of Castle Bromwich...
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Outstanding Award for Stories Behind the Headstones Project

For the second year running the RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood Initiative has judged the Castle Bromwich graveyard project to be outstanding. Speaking about the award, Assessor Robin Russell said, “This entry goes from strength to strength. This year the youngsters have not only been maintaining the Cemetery but they have also been involved in the Community Festival which has taken up a...
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Castle Bromwich Heritage Festival

As part of the Heritage Lottery funded “Stories Behind the Headstones” project, Castle Bromwich Heritage Festival took place on May 10th – 11th. Reenactors brought to life the stories uncovered by volunteers and visitors had the opportunity to view displays and preview the forthcoming audio...
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Graveyard Heritage Trail Wins Heritage Lottery Fund Support

Castle Bromwich Youth & Community Partnership has received £26,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project to create a heritage trail which explores the stories behind the headstones in Castle Bromwich graveyard. Led by volunteers from the local community the project will focus on the lives of people buried in the graveyard to highlight the rich heritage that exists...
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Fatal Gun Accident Castle Bromwich

Western Daily Press – Friday 8th October 1858 The Fatal Gun Accident at Castle Bromwich On Wednesday W. S. Poole Esq., held an inquest at the Bradford Arms Inn on the body of Mr. Douglas Ward, whose melancholy death from a gun accident was announced yesterday.The jury, a highly respectable one, of which Mr. John Blewitt was the foreman, having been sworn in, proceeded to view the body, which...
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Stories Behind the Headstones

Sad Death of An Actor Have you ever wondered about the stories behind the headstones in graveyards. Why did that person die so young? What happened to cause the deaths of so many family members so close together? What was life like for the person buried in the grave? Over the next few months we will be researching the stories hidden in Castle Bromwich Graveyard and documenting them on this...
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Young People Dig In To Make A Difference

Graves were uncovered and a flower bed created when thirty young people took part in an Autumn Challenge to help tidy the graveyard. Thanks to their efforts the graveyard looks a lot tidier and more colourful this morning. Thanks to the Challenge Network for working in partnership with us and to the young people for their efforts which were greatly...
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Autumn Challenge

We’re hosting another challenge on Sunday September 30th for 60 young people from the Challenge Network. Last year 75 young people(see photo below)  undertook a variety of tasks including creating new flower beds, tidying graves and planting bulbs. This year, we’re planning on creating a soakaway by the tap, planting more new flower beds and continuing our tidying of old graves. If...
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