Do you care about your village, its environment and its heritage? If so, then please come along and find out what this project is all about. A small group of enthusiastic volunteers has got us this far and we are now appealing for more interest and involvement from the community.
SARON GRAVEYARD PROJECT, TROEDYRHIW
At long last, after 9 years of effort and numerous disappointments, it seems that urgently necessary and expensive work on the boundary walls of the Saron site is finally going to take place. Realistically this can be expected to begin next Spring.
We are now appealing for input from everyone that cares about the conservation of the historic environment of our village. We would be extremely pleased to see you at one or both of the following events:-
- THURSDAY 30TH AUGUST, 6.30pm, ANGEL INN – MEETING to discuss, amongst other things, the next steps for this project following the excellent news described above.
- SATURDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER, 10.00am onwards, SARON GRAVEYARD – VOLUNTEER DAY to continue the programme of site improvement work. Why not pop in to see what we have been doing and have a chat about our plans?
Our volunteers have made these bug boxes from pieces of scrap wood and other waste materials. These will be erected this week in warm, sheltered positions in Saron Graveyard, Troedyrhiw. They will give nature a helping hand by providing perfect habitats for small beneficial creatures such as ladybirds, lacewings, spiders and solitary bees.
Our volunteers will again be working in Saron Graveyard, Troedyrhiw this Saturday June 02 from 10.00am. Why not pop in to see what we have been doing and have a chat with us about our vision for the future? The ultimate success of this project depends upon community support.
The vision of the Saron Project, Troedyrhiw is to rescue an important part of the historic fabric of the village from the effects of many years of neglect by creating a low maintenance memorial and wildlife garden as a well-loved resource which can be appreciated and used by the local and wider communities.
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It is very pleasing that, after many years of being denied access to family plots in Saron Graveyard, some people are now able to pay due respect to their forebears by visiting and caring for their graves. Peter Smith of Bargoed recently arranged for the grave of much loved grandparents to be professionally cleaned and the results can be seen below:-
Grave of William and Catherine Jones before cleaning.
Grave of William and Catherine Jones after cleaning.
Friends of Saron are aware of others who will also wish to attend to family graves in this way and will be happy to support anyone with this in mind who would like to get in touch with them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Catherine Jones 1882 – 1968, formerly of Yew Street, Troedyrhiw
This project is fortunate in having a small band of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers. They are making slow but steady progress towards the creation of a ‘showpiece area’ adjacent to the graveyard entrance and to the rear of numbers 39 and 40 Chapel Street.
Saron site plan showing location of proposed showpiece area
The refurbishment of the historic Saron gates is taking longer than was anticipated but we still hope to be able to refit these in the not too distant future.
FoS volunteers have been in the graveyard since last month’s Volunteer Day to carry out some routine maintenance. This has mainly involved weeding around some of the graves and on the retaining wall on the Tyntaldwyn Road boundary. This necessary work is ongoing. If you are interested in becoming involved in this worthwhile community project please contact us at email@example.com
One of the weed piles ready for removal
An area after weeding
Tyntaldwyn Road wall after removal of unwanted vegetation
View down Tyntaldwyn Road wall from Chapel Street corner before this project began
We will be holding the next Volunteer Day on 21st June. Details can be viewed in the What’s On section of this blog. You are warmly invited to attend.
Our volunteers have shown that considerable improvements can be made with very little outlay apart from their own toil. We do, however, need to obtain funding for urgently necessary structural work to take place, particularly on the collapsed retaining wall. Applications are being made to a number of potential funding providers.
We are always happy to add to our support. Whether or not you are able to help in a concrete way we will be very pleased to hear from you.