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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The Musical Diemer Family

In this presentation, Dr Ross Purves, Associate Professor of Music Education at the Institute of Education, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society, will explore the musical contribution of the Diemer family to the musical life of late Victorian and early Twentieth Century Bedford. At least six members of this family are buried at Foster Hill Road Cemetery. The most well-known of this is Philip H Diemer, one of the founders of Bedford Choral Society, local organist and teacher of music at the Harpur Trust schools. However, Philip’s wife Mary Elizabeth and their four daughters had equally important and interesting musical careers in their own right and left a strong legacy of music making and service to the Town. Ross’s talk will feature live performances of some of Philip Diemer’s piano compositions which have particular relevance to the Cemetery and to Bedford as a whole.

Refreshments will be available after the event.

This event is free to Friends


29th January 2023


2:00 pm - 4:30 pm




The Chapel
Foster HIll Road
Bedford, MK41 7TD United Kingdom


Foster Hill Road Cemetery
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