Friends of Stranton Cemetery organise series of events

Hartlepool MP Iain Wright with Friend of Stranton Cemetery member Susan Connor holding a wreath that she and fellow members (left to right)  Steve Gibbon, Bernie Hinds, Peter Newstead, Rosemarie Kennedy, Sue McBride and Derek Wardie, placed on the 1st grave in the cemetery. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT STEVE GIBBON IS STANDING FOR ELECTION IN THE MAY LOCAL ELECTION. Picture by FRANK REID
Hartlepool MP Iain Wright with Friend of Stranton Cemetery member Susan Connor holding a wreath that she and fellow members (left to right) Steve Gibbon, Bernie Hinds, Peter Newstead, Rosemarie Kennedy, Sue McBride and Derek Wardie, placed on the 1st grave in the cemetery. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT STEVE GIBBON IS STANDING FOR ELECTION IN THE MAY LOCAL ELECTION. Picture by FRANK REID

A GROUP which aims to maintain and enhance a town cemetery has organised a series of events.

The Friends of Stranton Cemetery aims to raise awareness of the site, help ensure it remains a peaceful environment and keep crime to an absolute minimum.

Over the coming weeks, group members have organised a spring clean, a bat box making session and a walk around the site.

The events will be held at Stranton Cemetery site, off Tanfield Road.

The Stranton Cemetery spring clean will take place on Tuesday, April 15 between 10am and 12.30pm.

Susan Connor, chair of the Friends of Stranton Cemetery group, said: “Come along to Stranton Cemetery this Easter and help the Friends of Stranton Cemetery and the Countryside teams as they spring clean the cemetery and plant a wonderful variety of nectar rich plants to attract more butterflies to the cemetery.”

People are asked to meet at Inspirations Café, which is located just inside the Tanfield Road Entrance to the cemetery.

The Bat Box Bonanza event takes place on Tuesday, April 15 between 1pm and 2.30pm.

Susan added: “Join us and make your own bat box to put up in your garden and an extra one for the Countryside team to put up in one of the parks or nature reserves to provide cosy homes for pipistrelle bats.”

Booking for that event is essential by calling (01429) 853325. It costs £2 per box you take home but free to anyone who takes part in the spring clean earlier in the day.

There is also a Batty about Bats event taking place on Thursday, April 17 at 8pm.

It is a bat walk in the company of Hartlepool Borough Council ecologist Ian Bond and the Friends of Stranton Cemetery. People can try out one of their bat detectors to help locate and identify the different bat species living in the cemetery. People should bring a torch. Booking essential.

For more information people can ring (01429) 855560.