Grant secures revamp for historic cemetery

Friends of Lister Lane Cemetery with Illustrated Information Boards and Seating. Coun Steve Sweeney, consort, Mohammad Naeem Mayor Coun Ann Martin and David Glover
Friends of Lister Lane Cemetery with Illustrated Information Boards and Seating. Coun Steve Sweeney, consort, Mohammad Naeem Mayor Coun Ann Martin and David Glover

A Halifax cemetery received a well deserved makeover thanks to a Heritage Lottery Grant.

A presentation before dozens including the Mayor of Calderdale Coun Ann Martin was held in celebration of the received funds - of which enabled the purchases of new information boards and seating at Lister Lane Cemetery.

£3,800 was awarded to the Friends of Lister Lane Cemetery who were celebrating the completion of its scheme which was launched last year as a result of the successful Heritage Lottery Fund bid.

Chair of the Friends of Lister Lane Cemetery group, David Glover, said the group now had its sights set for the future.

He said: “One of our dreams is that the former cemetery chapel should have a roof on and be possible to use for the community.

“This place will always need active attention to prevent a return to jungle, and further voluntary support for this clearance work is urgently sought, and would be most welcome.

“We wish to involve the local community far more and with this in mind we have ensured that the external signs include basic words in three languages other than English.

Opening times for the cemetery are usually Wednesday’s between 10am and 3pm and on Sunday’s between 10am and 12.30pm.

Anyone interested in having a tour of the cemetery outside of the usual opening times can get in touch through the contact numbers displayed on the information boards.