Sister Cottingham was a much loved and respected Matron at the VAD Hospital in Berkhamsted. She succumbed to 'Spanish Flu' at the close of WW1 at just 31. She'll tell you about others in the Cemetery who had their lives cut short and how, thanks to medical advances, this is mostly a thing of the past.
Step into this almost secret, peaceful green haven, tucked away behind the bustling High Street of the thriving and historical market town of Berkhamsted. This 3-acre Victorian cemetery is being rescued from neglect by a dedicated group of volunteers as a Lottery Funded project with big ambitions. With over 1,000 gravestones to past town inhabitants it is rich in social history and we will be bringing some of these personalities to life for you - (not literally but with dramatic storytelling and interpretation!) From the topmost wildlife area there are splendid views across the beautiful Bulbourne valley. Make a day of it and use the Cemetery tour as a stepping stone to visit the motte and bailey Castle where William the Conqueror received the crown in 1066, or follow the town's Heritage/Blue Plaque Walk. Walk alongside the Grand Union Canal with its narrow boats and wildlife or go further up into the beautiful Chiltern countryside. Or simply relax and enjoy the market, shops and cafes that Berkhamsted has to offer. Please note: the nearest public toilets are in the Water Lane carpark (behind Tesco's).
Complete Outdoors are our primary sponsors for 2018 & 2019. At their Bourne End (Herts) shop, you will discover all of the equipment, clothing and accessories you need to launch your next expedition into the great outdoors - whether a day's hike close to home, or an assault on the Matterhorn.
Could this be you? We are seeking additional sponsors to enable the festival to continue going from strength to strength - get in touch with AWeiss@chilternsaonb.org if you'd like to know more!