Friends of Raikes Road Burial Ground

With kind support from Skipton Town Council.

The main objectives of the Friends of Raikes Road Burial Ground are as follows:

The Friends Group will protect the sanctity of the burial ground and respect the rights of the people buried in it and their families. Within this over-arching concern the Friends Group will work with local stakeholders and community organisations in the furtherance of the following objectives:


  • To preserve the original and primary purpose of the Burial Ground and enhance and interpret its cultural, historical and ecological value.

  • To maintain and enhance the landscape, and the physical and aesthetic value of the Burial Ground.

  • To facilitate a reasonable level of supervised public access to the Burial Ground and to liaise with users to identify and represent their needs and work towards public access.

  • To encourage local schools and youth organisations to discover and participate in the conservation of the historic and ecological value of the site by arrangement with, and under the supervision of, the Friends of Raikes Road Burial Ground.

  • To develop and deliver projects, in partnership with other community organisations and authorities, which will help to deliver the Friends Group’s objectives.

  • To notify the appropriate authorities as soon as hazards or problems become apparent.

  • To raise the funds required to deliver the Friends Group’s objectives by applying for grants and other funding, or through any other legitimate means.

  • To apply and carry out any other lawful activities necessary to achieve the above objectives.


The Friends Group will deliver these objectives on behalf, and with the approval, of the incumbent of Holy Trinity Church (Skipton), as the landowner, and Skipton Town Council, as the authority responsible for maintaining the site under the terms of a request from the parochial church council served under s215(2) of the Local Government Act 1972.


On a day to day basis the Friends Group will work with the incumbent of Holy Trinity Church and Skipton Town Council as equal partners. Both the incumbent of Holy Trinity Church and a nominated representative of Skipton Town Council will be represented on the Friends Group’s Committee and have the right to be elected to any of the designated posts of that Committee. Within the confines of agreed plans and work schedules the Friends Group will have full delegation to manage the Burial Ground as it determines.

About the Friends of Raikes Road Burial Ground

Aims and Objectives


The full constitution is available for download: FRRBG - Constitution.pdf  -  (185Kb)


The minutes of the Friends meetings are available for download:

Restoration Project Business Plan

The Restoration Project Business Plan is available for download:  Raikes Road Burial Ground - Business Plan 2012.pdf   -  (472Kb)

Additional Information & Documentation

For further information and documentation relating to the Friends and management of the Raikes Road Burial Ground please refer to the Documentation page.