Church Activities - Newbold Churchyard

The Churchyard

The Churchyard adjoining St. Botolph’s Church in Newbold is large in comparison with many others in the Diocese and houses many graves going back to the fifteenth century. Our churchyard is one of Newbold’s priceless and unique heritages, and yields a whole social history in the epitaphs, embellishments and inscriptions found on the memorial stones.

We have a team of volunteers who work most of the year to maintain a high standard, and this has been recognised by our winning the Gold award in the Rugby in Bloom annual competition in 2015 and 2016, and taking Gold Over All Categories with our 2018 entry. This was to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, paying tribute to all those men whose lives were lost. The model soldier who was in the original entry is erected each year just before and after Remembrance Day.

The maintenance of the churchyard requires many hours of voluntary input and money. One of the ways we raise funds is through FOSBOTS ( Friends of St Botolph’s) subscribers paying £15 a year , with a monthly draw of 1st and 2ndcash prizes.

The churchyard is the final resting place of a large number of Newbold former residents; this is one of the reasons for the number of people who walk and sit in this peaceful place which provides an area for quiet contemplation, there being many families who have been in Newbold for generations.

If you would like to help with churchyard maintenance, please contact the Vicar.