Foster Hill Road Cemetery Events

The Friends of Foster Hill Road Cemetery host a number of themed talks during the year, which are open to the public and always prove very popular.  The Cemetery records are available at the Chapel during the Heritage Weekend in September and an annual carol concert is held near Christmas.  Other events are held to mark special occasions.

Members of the Friends lead several guided walks during the summer months. Each walk is themed and covers topics such as the Cemetery’s spectacular graves, its history, its wildlife, tales of those buried there and more.  Walks are also included during the Heritage weekend.  The walks last approximately 1.5 hours and the pace is gentle.  However, the cemetery grounds are uneven so a pair of stout walking shoes is recommended.

We are also happy to arrange bespoke walks for interested groups, please contact us for details.

The times and dates of our events vary, so please see our events calendar for more details.

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June 2019

£10.00
08June
The Chapel, Foster HIll Road
Bedford, MK41 7TD United Kingdom
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Cinder Well at Hey Ho! Folk

Cinder Well is the haunting folk project of singer and multi-instrumentalist, Amelia Baker from the USA. Amelia's songs are nostalgic and moving, centered around memory, loss, place, and longing. While heavily influenced by traditional American and Irish music and song, Cinder Well is deeply personal and original.

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09June
The Chapel, Foster HIll Road
Bedford, MK41 7TD United Kingdom
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Summer Walk – General Heritage including Military Memorials

These walks will try to cover all aspects of the cemetery’s life (or death). They will look at military memorials, complete family groups, local worthies, children and just curious ones. You will learn how and why the cemetery came into existence, its organisation and its future. This is an idle stroll around the cemetery to fascinating places and there should be something to interest everyone.

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July 2019

£6.50
20July
The Chapel, Foster HIll Road
Bedford, MK41 7TD United Kingdom
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The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes

Local Sunday Times Bestselling author Ruth Hogan was inspired to write her second novel, THE WISDOM OF SALLY RED SHOES, whilst walking her rescue dogs in Foster Hill Road Cemetery. The cemetery is the setting for many scenes in the book and Ruth will be accompanying a walk led by Rowan Lennon, one of the Friends of Foster Hill Road Cemetery, exploring the graves and sites in the cemetery that are mentioned in her book.

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21July
The Chapel, Foster HIll Road
Bedford, MK41 7TD United Kingdom
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Summer Walks – Stories behind the Headstones

The stories behind the headstones: meet Bedford's heroes and villains,the brave and the bad, the mysterious and the downright weird. All Human Life is Here!

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21July
The Chapel, Foster Hill Road Cemetery
Bedford, Bedfordshire MK41 7TD United Kingdom
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Summer Walks – Crime & Punishment

The Crime and Punishment tour take you on an interesting journey through Bedford’s 19th Century criminal past, visiting various graves in the cemetery that include an innovative Prison Governor, a murder victim and a policeman.

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28July
The Chapel, Foster HIll Road
Bedford, MK41 7TD United Kingdom
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Trees, Trees, Trees

Jo Roberts from Marston Vale Forest will show you the common and the rare trees in the cemetery. We have Strawberry Trees!

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August 2019

Free
11August
The Chapel, Foster HIll Road
Bedford, MK41 7TD United Kingdom
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Summer Walk – General Heritage including Military Memorials

These walks will try to cover all aspects of the cemetery’s life (or death). They will look at military memorials, complete family groups, local worthies, children and just curious ones. You will learn how and why the cemetery came into existence, its organisation and its future. This is an idle stroll around the cemetery to fascinating places and there should be something to interest everyone.

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September 2019

£5.00
15September
The Chapel, Foster HIll Road
Bedford, MK41 7TD United Kingdom
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Transports of Delight – to the Balkans and beyond in a very surprising way

This talk is not about trains or 'great railway journeys' or any travelogues of that type. It will be entertaining and will contain surprises. It will take you to some places which are no longer accessible.

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October 2019

£5.00
13October
The Chapel, Foster HIll Road
Bedford, MK41 7TD United Kingdom
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From Nicker to Vicar

The Revd Kelvin F Woolmer is the current Rector of St Peter De Merton, Bedford. However he has not always followed an ecclesiastical career and his talk takes you on an amusing, and sometime irreverent, journey from 30 years in the police service to his becoming a Man of the Cloth.

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November 2019

05November
The Chapel, Foster HIll Road
Bedford, MK41 7TD United Kingdom
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General Heritage Walks including Military Graves

These walks will try to cover all aspects of the cemetery’s life (or death). They will look at military memorials, complete family groups, local worthies, children and just curious ones. You will learn how and why the cemetery came into existence, its organisation and its future. This is an idle stroll around the cemetery to fascinating places and there should be something to interest everyone.

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