Who are the people that make up the committee of The Friends of Padiham Cemetery?
This page is designed to give a little bit of background on the people who make up The Friends of Padiham Cemetery, why they got involved and what they envisage for the future of the group.
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Dot Calvert - Secretary
I come from a large, well-known local family and have lived in Padiham all my life. I work for the NHS as a reception /clerical officer. I have close family buried in the cemetery and before the FOPC group was formed I had become concerned as the cemetery has become so overgrown and unkempt. I had tried to voice my concerns in the past because I did not feel safe when visiting family graves, so I was very pleased when I heard that the people of Padiham were ready to come together and organise a meeting. I went along and volunteered my services and I’m pleased to say that a small group of us have been going on a regular basis since the summer of 2015 and it’s now looking a lot better. We are hoping this will be a long term commitment and that we can continue to make the cemetery a place where people will be happier to visit. This is a lovely town and has many areas of beauty and now with the Greenway hopefully people will visit the park and cemetery more and see that it’s looking more like it used to do.
John Sellick - Treasurer
I am a trustee at St. Leonard’s church (and also the treasurer). Since the cemetery was deemed to be unsafe by Burnley Council and fenced off (about six or seven years ago), I have worked with others to make the various headstones safe once more and the cemetery tidy. Due to the severe cost restraints this has been a slow job. When the group offered their help, I along with the church members, were delighted.