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1000 Hits!

Over the weekend the Friends Of Jesmond Old Cemetery website had it’s 1000th hit!

For a site built and maintained on a very tight budget and a one ran and updated in spare time, that’s not too bad at all!

I’d just like to thank everyone and anyone who has searched for us, browsed the site, or stumbled upon it. You’re all helping to raise awareness of the group and what we hope to achieve.

In 2009 alone the site has had over 300 visits and this very blog has had over 200.

So thanks again, keep it up, and please do get involved in any way you can; from getting yourself along to an event, to leaving a comment on the blog.

Cheers.

Martin

Webmaster, Friends Of Jesmond Old Cemetery

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As reported here on January 4th, an application for funding was submitted to the Sir James Knott Fund in order to help us purchase two petrol driven brush-cutters and associated personal safety equipment. The Friends of Jesmond Old Cemetery are very pleased to announce that our application was successful and we have been awarded £800, which will enable us to purchase every piece of equipment identified in our bid for funds. Obviously, this is a major boost to our efforts to clean up Jesmond Old Cemetery and we are very grateful for the support received from the Trustees of the Sir James Knott Trust.

Ray

Secretary, Friends Of Jesmond Old Cemetery.

Friends Of Jesmond Old Cemetery has caught the attention of the local media once again!

The group is featured in an article entitled “A Monumental Improvement” in the Jan-March 2009 edition of Newcastle’s Citylife which reports on Ward Hadaway’s involvement at Jesmond Old Cemetery.

It also includes a reference to our Official Website which should result in more visitors and hopefully more interest in what we are doing.

Thanks again to all involved in pushing the work of the Friends Group, especially Ray Hayes and Ken Scott.

Download the Citylife magazine and scroll to page 9 to read the article in full.

View previous press coverage here.

Martin

Webmaster, Friends Of Jesmond Old Cemetery.

Watch a short film documenting the day that the employees of Newcastle’s Ward Hadaway mucked in at Jesmond Old Cemetery.

Please feel free to comment and rate the video, pass it on to a friend or submit your own.

View the Friends Of Jesmond Old Cemetery YouTube Channel.

Martin

Webmaster, Friends Of Jesmond Old Cemetery

A number of people have suggested that we organise a few dates ahead for further ‘Clean Up’ events, as this may increase turn out if individuals can plan diaries in advance. As such, and in conjunction with the NUFC fixture list and the Gregorian calendar, I have earmarked numerous dates, if you fancy coming along and getting involved.

Please see the ‘Events’ page for further details.

Ray

Secretary, Friends Of Jesmond Old Cemetery.

As those of you who have been actively involved with restoring Jesmond Old Cemetery will know, it is quite hard work cutting back those brambles and ivy with shears and loppers. Although I haven’t heard too many complaints about aching wrists and shoulders, I have to say that I moan all the time about my post-Jesmond lopper’s shoulder disease!!! Anyway, having listened to one or two (or ten, really) suggestions about how we might speed up our activity (and reduce the aches and pains), I have put together a bid to the Sir James Knott Trust for funding to help us purchase two petrol powered brush cutters!!!

What the hell are they, I hear you say. Well, think of garden strimmers with attitude. And metal cutting blades!!! If successful in our bid, these pieces of kit will show no mercy to any bramble stupid enough to raise it’s woody stem. Additionally, loppers shoulder will be a thing of the past. However, I can envisage a bit of a bun fight when it comes to deciding who will use them!!! My moneys on on my Dad and Mr C. to be the first to use ’em, assuming we get them of course.

The bid was submitted on Friday 2nd January. I’ll keep you posted on developments.

Ray

Secretary, Friends Of Jesmond Old Cemetery.

Well then, last year saw the setting-up of Friends of Jesmond Old Cemetery, which started off as one man and his family’s fortnightly visit to Jesmond Road to tackle brambles, ivy, litter, and weeds. Fast forward to the start of 2009 and the Friends group has attracted upwards of 50 volunteers, generated media interest from local newspapers and radio stations, had well over 500 hits on the Official Jesmond Old Cemetery website, and is going and growing from strength to strength.

Essential to the growth of the group, the regeneration of the Cemetery and the awareness of our projects is you; the reader, the volunteer, the campaigner, the media monkey.

That is why this year my personal aim for the group is to maximise its exposure in and around the north east of England and beyond and make getting involved even easier. Part of this is an ongoing attempt to make the website as user-friendly, engaging, and informing as possible and so any feedback is always welcomed and appreciated.

Another new and exciting feature for 2009 is this very blog. Please do make the most of this outlet, get involved, use it and engage with it; we can only be as good as the people who get involved.

Finally, we will also be embarking on collecting video footage of Jesmond Old Cemetery and our work to date and displaying it on our Jesmond Old Cemetery YouTube Channel. If you have any such footage and would like to share it with us please do get in touch and we will make it available for others to view and enjoy.

News on all of these ventures and features will be forthcoming in the near future.

Thank you to all of you have taken the time to read this or other snippets from the FOJOC team and have felt compelled to get involved.

Here’s to 2009 and all it brings!

Martin

Webmaster, Friends Of Jesmond Old Cemetery.