Atworth Village Magazine June July 2013 - Page 24

Send your news, articles and notices to Atworth History Group The meetings are held in the village hall, commencing at 7:30pm. New members and visitors are very welcome. Next meeting October 7th 2013 The final meeting of this year's programme was presented by David Napier. The topic 'Arnos Vale Cemetery' related the founding and development of Bristol's oldest purpose built cemetery begun in 1839 and now regarded as one of Britain's most important historic cemeteries. Today it holds 50,000 graves and the mortal remains of 170,000 people, 120,000 having been cremated there. The 45 acre site has been restored following a £5 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant. Buildings, tombs, graves and paths have been restored to make Arnos Vale a green oasis next to the A4 in Brislington, east Bristol. David related the lives of a number of those who had been buried in the graveyard. Apart from the more famous, such as members of the Wills tobacco family, our speaker highlighted the lives of others who had contributed to the development of Bristol and national life, including Dr William Budd a public health pioneer and Mary Carpenter a social reformer. The history of the war graves, a particular interest of the speaker were examined and the new remembrance wall was shown. David also showed how certain icons were commonly carved on gravestones and had even taken photos of Atworth graves to compare with those at Arnos Vale. The need for funds to maintain the cemetery continues and other income streams include the use of the chapels as wedding venues and for concerts in order to open the cemetery to a wider audience. The talk was an object lesson in how to make an unlikely topic very intersting and indeed often entertaining and David Webb proposed the vote of thanks. The History Group is now looking forward to a visit to Arnos Vale to discover the listed buildings, tombs and abundant wildlife and even to enjoy the delights of the cafe. The cemetery is open to members of the public and details can be found at The first talk of the 2013-14 programme will be on Monday, 7th October. Anyone considering membership of the group is welcome to join as a guest (£3) and then count this against the year's subscription fee if they subsequently wish to become a full member (£10). Next year there will be 8 talks on a variety of local and national historical topics, plus an AGM/Xmas social and a summer outing/field visit. The Museum at Poplar Farm will be open on the last Sunday of the month [2-4pm] June to October inclusive. ATWORTH VILLAGE MUSEUM The village museum is at Poplar Farm Barn Bradford Road The Museum is open from March to October The last Sunday of the Month from 2pm to 4pm. Page 24 Atworth Village Magazine—June/July 2013