Issue 103 July 2024

Ramsey Mortuary Chapels Heritage and Archive Centre

By Jane Yardley – Chair, Friends of Ramsey Mortuary Chapels


June, wow, what a month. We certainly hit the ground running.
On Saturday 1st of June, it was the St. Thomas a’ Becket Church Fete and once again we had kindly been invited to have a stall. It’s always such a lovely event and this year was no exception, despite the unseasonable weather it was very well attended as usual, but definitely the first time that we have nearly had to resort to scarves and gloves!


It was so nice to see so many people enjoying themselves and having a good time, there was so much on offer, not only stalls but great music from the Bury and Ramsey Concert Band, a wonderful choir from Ramsey Junior School and fantastic dancers from the Francesca Terroni School of Dance, plus a dog show. It’s amazing how many dogs there were, and all well behaved. All of this and wonderful cakes too!


We did very well, and I would like to thank all of you who came and supported us. As you know, all of the money raised goes towards the chapel’s restoration, the next phase of which will be the floor of the Non-Conformist chapel, which needs to be almost completely retiled due to the fact that sacks of rock salt were stored on it in the past when the chapels were virtually used as a shed.


On the following day, Sunday 2nd, we were open to the public and though that so soon after the Fete that we would only have a few visitors. How wrong we were, as so many people that had seen us at the Fete came down to see how we were getting on with the restoration.


Thursday 7th was the 80th anniversary of D Day. Members of the 42 Engineer Regiment (Geographic) from RAF Wyton marched down to the chapels with Ramsey’s new Mayor, Val Fendley and other Town Councillors, Peter Brindley and some of the Ramsey branch of the Royal British Legion, Rotary in Ramsey, together with local school children and members of the public, to join us in order to pay our respects to those who fought, so that we all might enjoy the freedom that we have today.

An interpretation board about the war graves in the cemetery, designed by Roger Reynolds MVO, was unveiled by former Rotary President, Will Cowell and a wreath was presented on behalf of the Royal British Legion by member Audrey Manchett.

Wooden crosses were placed on the war graves by the Mayor, Val Fendley, Peter Brindley and the school children. Altogether a wonderful and poignant morning.

We should not forget, not only those who fought, but also everyone interred in our cemetery. They are all important in their way and part of Ramsey’s history.


Many of you who have visited the cemetery over the past few years, will have noticed the bad water leak that was fenced off. Ramsey Town Council has now dealt with this, and the broken pipe repaired and the hole filled in and levelled. The overgrown paths are being cleared after many years of neglect and the debris that has accumulated at the bottom of the cemetery is being removed and a new hedge being planted.


Our thanks to the Ramsey Town Council, who are now working with us and also to Alan Bedford and his team from Fen Plant who are doing such a great job.


We are sure that between us and with your help, we can make the cemetery and Chapels a place for Ramsey to be proud of once again.


Please see our official Facebook page, “Ramsey Mortuary Chapels” and our website: - for up-to-date information regarding our opening times and ongoing restoration projects.

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