Why we take part
We like to spread the word about the history of Wombwell, our group, and we like to share stories of those buried in the cemetery who can no longer tell their own stories. Not many people know about our group. We’re a small cemetery in a small town, so it’s quite hard to get the word out that we exist. The Heritage Open Days (HODs) events help us to let people know we’re here.
What we do for HODs
The difference it makes
Many more people now know about the cemetery and the Friends group, and we’ve had visitors from far and wide who have come and listened to the stories we have to tell.
Researching for this particular Edible England event has not only opened my mind, but those of the Friends and our visitors. They have expressed learning things they didn’t know before, which is always a bonus.
I particularly enjoyed when we had visitors from Twitter who had been interacting with us for absolutely ages online, but we’d never met them. They had an excuse to show up, did so, and we had a blast!
It’s also always a lovely sight to see people coming in, meeting up for a coffee, and just having a chat. After the lockdown we’ve all been through, it’s nice to see people finding the confidence to leave their homes and talk to people in the flesh again.
I didn’t expect the event to go as well as it did as our numbers are never massively high. However, with the support and promotion from the national HODs press team, small local newspapers, and The Guardian (which was the main surprise), the event gave us our biggest turnout yet.