Pleasing progress for the Saron Graveyard Project

On last Saturday 20th September our loyal band of workers and supporters turned out, yet again, for our latest Volunteer Day in the graveyard.

Most of the early team at Saturday's Volunteer Day

Most of the early team at Saturday’s Volunteer Day

Many thanks are due to Tommy, Frank, Jake, David, Steve E., Sheila, Andrew, Phil, Steve C., Joe, Sylvia, Simon, Angela, Jacqueline, Gareth and John for everything they did to make this another very successful day.

The main tasks included:-

  • preparing a new section for final levelling by removing numerous loose stones of all shapes and sizes, infilling collapsed graves, carefully and safely repositioning some headstones, redistributing soil and other loose material;
  • creating safe access to an area inside the concrete fence which has been chosen as the most likely position for a proposed heritage mural;
  • cutting down  and removing unwanted tall vegetation which had begun to colonise the already cleared footprint of the former chapel building;
  • helping an elderly resident to locate his grandparents’ grave which he has been unable to visit for many years.
Strimming unwanted tall vegetation ready for removal.

Strimming unwanted tall vegetation ready for removal.

Almost finished for the day.

Almost finished for the day.

By the end of the day our weary but happy team had taken another small but significant step towards restoring Saron Graveyard to a condition which will make it a community asset which we can all be proud of.


About davidjcollier

Originally from South Wales I have lived in Nottinghamshire for over forty years. I am married and have three grown up children and two grandchildren. Having worked in education for 43 years I will retire in July 2012. My interests include history (general, local and family), rugby union, swimming, photography, bird watching and gardening. For the benefit of anyone who may actually read this (extremely unlikely, I admit) please do not confuse 'interests' with knowledge or skill. My involvement in a community project which aims to rescue a graveyard from the effects of almost 30 years of neglect. also keeps me quite busy. View all posts by davidjcollier

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