The Old Graveyard
A survey of all the gravestones was carried out by a group of Barthol Chapel people in the winter of 2007-2008.
The graveyard is in the middle of the village and is still used. There is a newer graveyard by the church.
The following article was sent to us early 2018 and may be of interest. It makes great reading...
"My Mum, Nellie Mutch, was born Helen Wood Rennie at North Flobbets in 1910. My Dad, Archiebald William Mutch was born at Old Rayne in 1913. They married in 1936 at Barthol Chapel Church and later moved from Flobbets during the war to Kemnay.
Due to work as well as other reasons they moved several times...to Ballymeny Northern Ireland, then to Newcastle Upon Tyne, where they lived in 3 different properties. Again a final move to Desborough Northants, to be close to Mums sisters (Gladys Rennie / Richardson & Mabel Rennie / Flawn) both of whom were born at North Flobbets.
Both have passed away and were cremated at Kettering Crematorium where as a family we thought their cremation plaques would remain for eternity, or as long as we three offsprings would live.
Unfortunately due to cash grabbing authorities we were in for a shock and fortunately found out by pure chance their plaques had been removed from what we had presumed was their final resting place in the Crematorium.
Their lease was up and although letters had been sent out to my sister she had moved premises several times and so never received these letters. Also, and, due to failing health she had completely forgotten about any 'commitment' to renew the leases.
If I had not called past the Crematorium that day, the plaques would possibly have been destroyed.
Information on renewing the plaques or getting new plaques fitted elsewhere within the Crematorium suggested to us these Authorities are now cash cows, preying upon the families of loved ones passed. Three new granite flower tub plaque displays each holds 90 plaques at a minimum of £210 each plaque...i.e. £18,900 for each tub display, with renewal leases every three years.
Thankfully for our family we found the perfect answer.............they are now proudly displayed on our family grave headstone base at Barthol Chapel graveyard with the most kind and excellent help, advice and agreement with all concerned.
So indeed I feel they have come home!..........the inscription at the bottom of the headstone below my Grandfather Wiliam Rennie, my Grandmother Hellen Durward Wood Rennie and my Aunt Ella who died in infancy reads " Until We Meet Again".
In the same grave though without any inscription lays my Great Grandfather Charles Rennie also born at Flobbets and his second wife Margaret Donald.
So it is a true Family Re-Union!!!