The annual Open Day at Townsend Cemetery takes place on Sunday September 8th from 1 pm until 4 pm. The free event is organised by the Crewkerne & West Crewkerne Joint Burial Committee. The open day presents the ideal opportunity for local people and visitors to look around the chapel and the landscaped grounds of the cemetery, which was established in 1874. There will be two interesting talks, the first one beginning at 2 pm by Crewkerne Town Clerk Peter Davidson. Peter will show how the burial records reveal the changes to the way of life and death in Crewkerne, since Victorian times.

Peter’s talk will be followed by popular speaker, Tracey Warren, funeral director at Stoodley & Sons in the town, who will give a talk and a guided tour of the cemetery, pointing out some of the notable graves and how they give an insight into Crewkerne’s social history. The historic burial registers will be available for visitors to look through and the town clerk will be happy to assist anyone who wants to carry out family research. Last year, a local resident discovered the grave of her great uncle Sidney Banfield and was advised that two women had visited the same grave earlier in the day. The Crewkerne lady is very much hoping that they will attend the open day again this year, so that she can meet up with the missing relatives who are likely to be her cousins.

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