AN open day is being staged at a village graveyard.

People are invited to go along to Dockroyd in Chapel Lane, Oakworth, on Saturday, June 10, between 10am and 3pm.

Visitors will have the chance to see how volunteers have restored the graveyard in recent years.

Also, burial records will be available for inspection to help people discover their family histories.

Andrew Heaton saved the threatened graveyard, and the Dockroyd Graveyard Trust was formed to restore and maintain the site.

He chairs the trust.

"All are welcome to come along to the open day – and those who have supported the project over the years are particularly welcome," says Mr Heaton.

He has researched and catalogued details of the families buried beneath the gravestones.

And his story of the project and those interred in the graveyard is told in the book Dockroyd Live: Restoration of Oakworth’s Victorian Graveyard, copies of which will be available at the open day.

The event is being held as part of National Cemeteries Week, which showcases efforts across the UK to conserve and manage the natural features of graveyards, restore significant monuments and encourage appreciation of sites.

For more about Dockroyd Graveyard Trust, visit