Our group has many skills

The historic gates of Saron graveyard must have suffered a few knocks over the past 160 years. We were not surprised to find when the gates were taken away for refurbishment that some decorative cast iron finials were damaged and missing. Undeterred, some of our volunteers set to and learned new skills. They are now close to completing the task of returning the gates to their former glory. This will be an important addition to the improvements which have been taking place in the graveyard and will also benefit the local area.

Stage 1. Production of a mould, pattern and sand box for casting.

Stage 1. Production of a mould, pattern and sand box for casting.

Stage 2. Melting aluminium prior to pouring into prepared casting box.

Stage 2. Melting aluminium prior to pouring into prepared casting box.

Stage 3. First new cast with waste metal before finishing.

Stage 3. First new cast with waste metal before finishing.

Stage 4. The first two new finials cast in aluminium.

Stage 4. The first two new finials cast in aluminium.

The writer is full of amazement and admiration at the range of abilities of our volunteers.

It is hoped that these replacement gate parts will be fitted in the not too distant future.

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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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