Project Volunteers Make Great Progress

Friends of Saron volunteers have been working hard in the graveyard for over a week.

A heavy day’s work began early on Friday 6th March when the team took delivery of 16½ tonnes of topsoil which was then barrowed onto the site from the roadside. The day continued with levelling and grave improvement tasks being carried out in part of the ‘showpiece area’ which is now under development.

The height and spread of the soil pile are beginning to reduce a little.

The height and spread of the soil pile are beginning to reduce a little.

Nearing the bottom of the soil pile

Nearing the bottom of the soil pile

Happier than when we started

Happier than when we started

On Saturday 7th March the team started early and worked until after dark. The work programme included filling in low spots, removing trip hazards, repositioning some heavy masonry, repair of damaged headstones, planting of rose shrubs and spreading and consolidation of topsoil to produce an even surface for sowing of wild flower seeds.

Early members of the Saturday team

Early members of the Saturday team

Simon, Steve and Steve are busy while Phil and Andrew discuss progress.

Simon, Steve and Steve are busy while Phil and Andrew discuss progress.

Some of the rose plants kindly provided by Rolf Brown of Merthyr Council.

Some of the rose plants kindly provided by Rolf Brown of Merthyr Council.

Monday 9th March to Monday 16th March has seen continuing work by Friends of Saron volunteers. In all weathers members of the group have turned out as and when work and other commitments have allowed. Many thanks are due to the following who have shown their support on the Saron site over the past 11 days – Steve C, Tommy, Simon, Sheila, Steve E, Jake, Andrew, David, Mark, Joe, Phil, John, Tony. Particular thanks are due to Jake Castle of Keep Wales Tidy who continues to support  this project in many ways.

Steve, Mark and Simon who have worked in wet and dry conditions through the past week.

Steve, Mark and Simon who have worked in wet and dry conditions through the past week.

Amongst other things the weekday team have discovered this coffin shaped grave surround ---

Amongst other things the weekday team have discovered this coffin shaped grave surround —

--- and have firmly fixed the finial which had become detached from this impressive headstone.

— and have firmly fixed the finial which had become detached from this impressive headstone.

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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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