Throop Cemetery

With the imminent closure of the Jewish section of Kinson Cemetery looming and the diminishing space of the congregation’s area at Boscombe Cemetery, BHC was facing a grave problem at the start of the 1990s.

In 1991, Mr Sam Marks z”l, a former President of BHC and, a major benefactor in his modest and unassuming way over many years,  began to actively pursue his dream of finding land in the Bournemouth area for the community to finally have its own cemetery.

Sam and Stephen R White, BHC’s honorary solicitor, spent much time looking at various sites, and finally hit upon some agricultural land owned by Dorset County Council in the village of Throop. The land was bought by Sam and Hilda Marks, without benefit of planning permission, and donated to the congregation.

Stephen R White (to avoid confusion with his close friend Stephen H White of whom more later and during whose Presidency the following events occurred) ably abetted by District Judge Ivor Weintroub, spent much time and effort on the planning application. This was initially rejected by Bournemouth Borough Council, but succeeded on appeal and permission was granted in 1994 subject to certain conditions. These included (a) restricting the height of memorial stones and (b) development of suitable landscaping to protect the view from the sensitive eyes of the good citizens of Throop Village.

Stephen H. sensibly decided that, notwithstanding the lack of sufficient funds – estimated at £250,000 – to develop the site, we should push ahead. The Trustees were therefore approached to sanction loans, a dedicated fund-raising effort was initiated and piloted by Trustee Geoffrey Feld and Treasurer Larry Kaye, and various architects  were approached to provide ideas and costings.

Through the great generosity of Stephen H. and his wife Marilyn the building of the ohel  began in 1995 and Throop Cemetery was consecrated in June 1996 by Rabbi Geoffrey Shisler and Reverend Israel Cohen.

Successful negotiations by Ivor Weintroub with the Charity Commissioners  meant that development of the cemetery fell within the congregation’s charitable objects and therefore much of the costs could be financed from the advance sale of plots to members.  As a consequence the cemetery has become a significant factor in the financial well-being of the Kehilla.

Most visitors acknowledge that Throop is quite possibly the most aesthetically pleasing cemetery in the country. Our most grateful thanks are due to member Leon Taylor, whose landscaping ideas and horticultural skills are a local legend.

Our thanks to Leon Taylor for providing the photos.


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