Friends of Heene Cemetery

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About Friends of Heene Cemetery

Heene Cemetery is aWest Sussex Site of Nature Conservation importance and is home to a widevariety of grasses, flowers and wildlife.

The Friends of Heene Cemetery have been volunteering for three years totransform the overgrown cemetery and in that time we have installed three waterbutts, introduced two bee hives, four hedgehogs and laid meadow mats.

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Scavenger Horror Hunt in Heene Cemetery

Friends of Heene Cemetery are inviting families to bring their children along for a fun scavenger hunt on the eve of Halloween.

Discs made from wood cuttings will be hidden around the cemetery in easy to reach places. Each disc will have a word and maybe a picture which needs to match a card you will be given on arrival. All the cards have a different selection of the items you are looking for.

Find all six items and return to the table with your answers and story or joke to tell .... and win a ghostly lolly!
When
30 Oct 2021 at 2:00pm
until 30 Oct 2021 at 5:00pm
Where
Heene Cemetery
Manor Road
Worthing
BN11 4RY

Protecting the Fungi in your Garden

Find and identify fungi in Heene Cemetery and learn about the beneficial role it plays in our lives.

Brian Day is going to help us understand the fascinating facts about fungi and show us examples of the different varieties found in Heene Cemetery.

It has many benefits but can be harmful too!

Join us today to find out more about this diverse organism and how to protect it in your garden.
When
16 Oct 2021 at 2:15pm
until 16 Oct 2021 at 3:30pm

CWGC Tours: Heene Cemetery & FoHC Guided Family History Stories

Come along to this beautiful West Sussex site of Conservation Importance to explore the stories of those buried here.

PLEASE BE CAREFUL WHEN BOOKING - THE MORNING & AFTERNOON TOURS ARE DIFFERENT. PLEASE READ BELOW CAREFULLY BEFORE BOOKING.

During the morning, two tours will be given by the CWGC Public Engagement Coordinator for the South East, Sarah Nathaniel, explaining their history and work and looking at the stories of the eight casualties commemorated there.

During the afternoon session, three Friends of Heene Cemetery volunteer researchers will share the stories of burials they have researched. A booklet, with a summary of all the burial stories shared will be available to purchase for £1.

Family Heritage Tour A – 1:30pm with Jackie Rooney

Family Heritage Tour B – 2.15pm with Carol Sullivan

Family Heritage Tour C – 3pm with Angela Rooney

There will also be a talk about the bees that are kept at the cemetery at 12.45
When
18 Sep 2021 at 10:00am
until 18 Sep 2021 at 5:00pm
Where
Manor Road
Worthing
BN11 4RY

Duck Pond Sailors Soiree

Friends of Heene Cemetery are delighted to welcome the Duck Pond Sailors in to Heene Cemetery for a musical evening to raise funds towards Olly's Future Fund, a suicide awareness charity.


Please bring your own chair and refreshments.


The Duck Pond Sailors are a five man shanty singing group who also sing folk and music hall songs. They came together following the Secret Shore project that ran from 2014 - 2016. The group consist of Chris, Dave, Graham, Jonny and Steve. Sea shanties were work songs designed to raise the spirits of men used to hard labour and poor living conditions. The songs brought them together and created a sense of comradeship. Most of the songs are uplifting but some are poignant and reflective.To add contrast, the group sing songs about beer and rural life and also add in a few music hall songs that would have been popular with sailors when they came home from sea. Just for this performance the group will include a couple of songs appropriate to the surroundings of a cemetery. The group raise money for Olly's Future, a suicide awareness charity established in memory of Chris' son, Oliver, who was a fine singer and part of the original group line up. For more details about the group, and their cause, please take a look at these websites - www.duckpondsailors.org.uk www.ollysfuture.org.uk
When
11 Sep 2021 at 6:00pm
until 11 Sep 2021 at 9:30pm
Where
Manor Road
Worthing
BN11 4RY

Wildlife Tour with Brian Day

Visit this hidden haven and learn more about meadowland and biodiversity. Friends of Heene Cemetery are offering two guided wildlife tours.

Brian Day, qualified biological scientist and nature conservation adviser will guide you around Heene Cemetery to identify and explain the various reasons wildlife, flora and fauna inhabit this small piece of land in the middle of an urban area. The theme will be micro speciation.

This tour is free but you are welcome to bring along some bird food or a small donation towards our core costs.
When
14 Aug 2021 at 1:30pm
until 14 Aug 2021 at 5:00pm
Where
Manor Road
Worthing
BN11 4RY

Did you know Worthing has a hidden haven of History and Wildlife?

Friends of Heene Cemetery are pleased to announce a new blog has been uploaded to our website 😀

https://www.heenecemetery.org.uk/blog/worthing-hides-a-haven-of-history-and-wildlife/

Heene Cemetery Open Day and Guided Tour

Our Summer tour will include a guided walk around thecemetery with Sue Standing “Friends of Heene Cemetery” and Brian Day “WildlifeGuide”

Weather permitting, we will have information about various peopleburied in Heene at their gravestone and volunteers ready to answer anyquestions you may have.

Refreshments will be available.
When
06 Jul 2019 at 1:30pm
until 06 Jul 2019 at 4:30pm
Where
Corner of Manor Road and St Michaels Road
WORTHING
BN11 4RY

RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch in Heene Cemetery

Join us for one hour at 3pm this Saturday 26th January 2019 to see how many birds visit our new bird feeders provided by funding through Spacehive.
When
26 Jan 2019 at 3:00pm
until 26 Jan 2019 at 4:00pm
Where
Heene Cemetery
corner of St Michael's Road and Manor Road
WORTHING
BN11 4RY

A Glimpse of Hidden Heene

Join us for apresentation of the work carried out by Friends of Heene Cemetery includingmany photographs and videos of the wildlife flora and fauna inhabiting thissite of nature conservation importance. LightRefreshments will be available. £2 entry fee.
When
08 Nov 2018 at 7:30pm
until 08 Nov 2018 at 9:30pm
Where
Heene Community Centre
122 Heene Road
Worthing
BN11 4PL

Remembrance Gathering

Join us at Heene Cemetery at 11:45am for a Short Remembrance Gathering at 12noon to remember the First World War and Second World War heroes of Heene.

We are very pleased to announce that Major TomWye will be officiating at thisgathering with Grace kindly playing the Reveille and Last Post on her trumpet.Crosses and poppies will be placed on the relevant CWGC graves and familymemorials to the war dead.

Information researched about the men who diedin both Wars will be available to read.

Information and refreshments will be available afterwards.
When
10 Nov 2018 at 11:45am
until 30 Nov -0001 at 12:00am
Where
Heene Cemetery
corner of St Michael's Road and Manor Road
WORTHING
BN11 4RY