Foster Hill Road Cemetery Event Details

The Friends of Foster Hill Road Cemetery host a number of themed talks during the year, which are open to the public and always prove very popular.  The Cemetery records are available at the Chapel during the Heritage Weekend in September and an annual carol concert is held near Christmas.  Other events are held to mark special occasions.

Members of the Friends lead several guided walks during the summer months. Each walk is themed and covers topics such as the Cemetery’s spectacular graves, its history, its wildlife, tales of those buried there and more.  Walks are also included during the Heritage weekend.  The walks last approximately 1.5 hours and the pace is gentle.  However, the cemetery grounds are uneven so a pair of stout walking shoes is recommended.

We are also happy to arrange bespoke walks for interested groups, please contact us for details.

The times and dates of our events vary, so please see our events calendar for more details.

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Dazzle painted ships of WWI

A talk by Glyn Evans.

By 1917 it had become clear that Britain might lose the war through a lack of shipping, as her ship-building and repair programme was failing to keep up with the mounting losses caused by German submarines.  Several attempts at camouflaging ships failed to stop the ravages on the British Merchant Navy.  Then Lt. Normal Wilkinson put forward his proposal to ‘paint the ships with large patches of bold colour in a carefully thought out pattern and colour scheme, which will so distort the form of the vessel that the chances of successful aim by attacking submarines will be greatly decreased’.  

This colourful talk discusses the Dazzle-Paint Scheme and the question that hung over its efficacy.

Brought up in the ship-building town of Birkenhead near the port of Liverpool, and a keen Sea Scout in his youth, Glyn Evans spent over 40 years in the marine insurance industry.  He is now a member of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners and the author of 2 books on naval subjects – The Maritime Art of Kenneth D Shoesmith and the Dazzle Painted Ships of World War I.

£4 for Friends.  Tickets available on the door or telephone 01234 718150


23rd April 2017


2:30 pm - 4:30 pm




The Chapel
Foster Hill Road Cemetery
Bedford, Bedfordshire MK41 7TD United Kingdom


01234 718150


Friends of Bedford Cemetery
01234 718150
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