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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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

Free
15September
The Chapel, Foster HIll Road
Bedford, MK41 7TD United Kingdom
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Bedfordshire Walking Festival 2019 – Who do you think they were?

Have you ever read the wording on a headstone and wondered what was really meant? Who do you think they were is a leisurely ramble around the Cemetery during which you will hear about the people buried here and some surprise meanings behind those words written on the headstones.

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£3.00
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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Free
21September
The Chapel, Foster HIll Road
Bedford, MK41 7TD United Kingdom
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Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days is England’s annual celebration of local history, architecture and culture. Co-ordinated nationally but run with the help of thousands of volunteers, the September event is an opportunity for private owners to allow free access to properties and events which cast a light on what makes neighbourhoods and communities special. It’s a once-a-year chance to uncover and discover hidden treasures and rarely told stories.

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22September
The Chapel, Foster HIll Road
Bedford, MK41 7TD United Kingdom
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Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days is England’s annual celebration of local history, architecture and culture. Co-ordinated nationally but run with the help of thousands of volunteers, the September event is an opportunity for private owners to allow free access to properties and events which cast a light on what makes neighbourhoods and communities special. It’s a once-a-year chance to uncover and discover hidden treasures and rarely told stories.

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October 2019

£13.16
12October
The Chapel, Foster HIll Road
Bedford, MK41 7TD United Kingdom
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The Askew Sisters at Hey Ho! Folk

Emily and Hazel Askew have become known as two of the foremost performers and interpreters of English folk music.
Their live performances brim with the depth and connection not only of two sisters, but also of two musicians who have been immersed in folk music all their lives.

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£3.00
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

03November
The Chapel, Foster HIll Road
Bedford, MK41 7TD United Kingdom
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Bedford Pipe Band – Highland Division Service of Rememberance

You are invited to join with Bedford Pipe Band for their Remembrance Service for all service personnel, and especially to commemorate the young men of the Highland regiments who died in Bedford from a measles epidemic whilst under training, and awaiting departure for the Front. The pipers will be present, together with representatives of the Services. Meet at the Chapel from 10.am. The Parade is planned to form up around 10.30 a.m. and the two minute silence will be at the Cross of Sacrifice at 11.00 a.m. There will be refreshments in the Chapel at 11.25 The parade will take place out of doors and all attending should be adequately clothed. Parking at the Chapel will be restricted to invited guests who are in receipt of a car pass.  All others should park in the car park in Foster Hill Road.  Please email info@fosterhillroadcemetery.co.uk if you have restricted mobility and are unable to walk up to the Chapel.

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December 2019

01December
The Chapel, Foster HIll Road
Bedford, MK41 7TD United Kingdom
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Carol Service

The annual Carol Service, led by Kathy Appleby,  will be held in the Chapel and all are welcome to join in. Singers from local Community Choirs will be providing an uplifting boost to the singing. Hot and cold drinks, mince pies and sausage rolls will be available after the concert for a small charge. Retiring collection for the Mayor’s Charity & the Friends of Bedford Cemetery.  

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February 2020

£3.00
09February
The Chapel, Foster HIll Road
Bedford, MK41 7TD United Kingdom
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BEST FOOT FORWARDS

Best Foot Forwards is a fascinating talk showing the developments in artificial limbs before, during and soon after the Great War. It shows how the disabled soldiers were cared for and the influence of war on medical progress.

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