Latest News from Friends of Newtown Road Cemetary in Newbury

Friends of Newtown Cemetary, Newbury

The Friends of Newtown Cemetary were set up in association with Newbury Town Council to help restore the cemetery to its former glory after it was closed in 2000 on health and safety grounds. In the subsequent years, the Friends have undertaken may tasks including assisting with nature surveys and providing information and pictures for display boards. Our History Research Group is actively searching through old documents and certificates to try and find out as much as possible about every single person buried there.

If you wish to join the Friends or have any information about people buried here, then we would be delighted to hear from you.

If you wish to visit the cemetery, it is open daily (except Christmas Day) between 10am and 3pm.

Primrose Day Celebration

We warmly welcome invite both members and the public to our Primrose Day celebration held at Newtown Road Cemetery on Saturday 22 April from 10am to 4pm.  Events will include a wildflower tour, a taster tour centred on the cemetery chapel especially planned for those with mobility issues, and a law breaker’s tour. For anyone seeking to locate a relative’s grave there is also a ‘Find a Grave’ service.

Help needed with upcoming production by Resurrection Players

Newtown Road Cemetery’s Resurrection Players are to present 20th Century Casualties a new production which will be staged on three days, Wednesday 17, Thursday 18 and Friday 19 May at the Haig Hall, Royal British Legion in Newbury. It consists of three playlets, telling the stories of three men who died between 1938 and 1940.

This production was scheduled for 2020 but, with the delay due to Covid, many members have moved away, hence the appeal for extra help as they need performers and technical support with lighting and sound.

To complete the cast the players are now looking for actors to play a 24 year old sailor, a 59 year old aircraft mechanic, and a 50 year old mother. The players also need to borrow a ventriloquist dummy for the show, or enlist someone small enough to play the part.

If you can help please contact Ros Clow, Leader of the History Group, Friends of Newtown Cemetery on 07875 402864, 01635 40188 or raclow@ntlworld.com

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