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The abandoned, crumbling and decaying graveyard of the former Saron Chapel in Troedyrhiw had almost reached the point of no return when, in 2009, a group of residents and former residents decided that something should be done. Since then our volunteers have been working hard, with the help of other community groups, to restore this marker of our local history to a condition that we can all be proud of. We are very pleased to report that the leaseholder has been prevailed upon to carry out urgently necessary structural work to the boundary walls which we expect to begin next Spring. In the meantime our volunteers will continue the programme of improvement work within the graveyard. Our most recent session was held last Saturday. This is extremely rewarding work not all of which is as strenuous as some of our photos show. . If you think that you would like to get involved please contact us, without making any commitment, on email@example.com
Our intrepid band of volunteers braved the searing heat last Saturday to continue the improvement work in Saron Graveyard, Troedyrhiw. This included:-
- Lopping branches off a tree that has grown far to large for this space.
- Watering the small ornamental tree and shrubs which were planted last month.
- Tidying up, watering and mulching the stumpery with ferns etc that were planted last month.
- Completing the setting up of a small ‘pond in an old kitchen sink’.
- Expanding the ‘bug hotel’ which had been set up by Willows Youth as luxury accomodation for a range of small creatures.
Many thanks for your input and support to Steve C., Simon, Sheila, Andrew, Steve E., Chris, Frances, David, Phil and John.
Want to get involved in a worthwhile community project? Interested in our local heritage and environment? If so, please think about popping into SARON GRAVEYARD, TROEDYRHIW on SAT 14 JULY at any time from 10.00am onwards to see what has been going on and learn what the next stage might be.
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.
After 9 years of asking, it seems that the leaseholder of Saron Graveyard, Troedyrhiw has agreed to repair a collapsed retaining wall. This gives a tremendous boost to our work towards the creation of a wildlife and memorial garden on this site. You are warmly invited to attend a meeting to discuss the way forward. THURS 31 MAY, 6.30pm, ANGEL INN, TROEDYRHIW.
It was a cold and crisp day at Saron Graveyard, Troedyrhiw last Saturday but our volunteers soon warmed to their tasks. Our group remains as determined as ever to take the programme of improvement work as far as we can. Our workers may be small in number but they have many skills and, when necessary, are not afraid of hard physical work. Saturday’s achievements included:-
* removal, not for the first time, of a considerable amount of fly-tipped domestic waste which had been thrown into the graveyard and strewn beside the adjacent footpath – WE SOMETIMES DESPAIR!;
* some early planting including Lily of the Valley;
* laying of flowers on the family grave of Doris White nee Thomas of Southampton, formerly of Troedyrhiw, who died recently at the age of 98;
* laying of flowers by visitors who, although unable to locate a family grave, wished to leave a token of their respect for those who have been laid to rest in this special place;
* stabilisation of a number of headstones.
If you feel that you might be able to help us in any way please drop in for a while to our next Volunteer Day which will be held on Saturday 24th March from 10.00am. You will be made most welcome.
Thanks for last Saturday’s efforts must go to Steve C., Simon, Clive, Sheila, Steve E., Andrew, David, Phil, Mike and Diane. Your input and support were most appreciated.
OUR NEXT WORKING SESSION IN THE GRAVEYARD IS SCHEDULED FOR
SATURDAY, AUGUST 12TH, 2017 FROM 10AM
AT THE SARON GRAVEYARD, TROEDYRHIW.
WHY NOT POP IN TO SEE WHAT WE ARE DOING
OR TO LEND A HAND FOR A WHILE?
THE NEXT FRIENDS OF SARON MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR
THURSDAY, AUGUST 10TH, 2017 AT 6:30 PM
AT THE ANGEL INN, TROEDYRHIW.
ALL ARE WARMLY INVITED
WE WOULD REALLY VALUE YOUR INPUT INTO OUR DISCUSSIONS ON THE GRAVEYARD PROJECT
After 8 years of effort and many ‘ups and downs’ Friends of Saron remain as determined as we were at the outset to see this project through to a successful conclusion.
It is beyond doubt that the appalling condition of Saron Graveyard before this project began was the result of long-term neglect. The hard work of Friends of Saron volunteers can only take the improvements so far and we now desperately need an injection of funding to replace a large section of retaining wall which, through lack of maintenance over many years, has been allowed to collapse. The positions of those parties that have an interest in this property have not always been helpful and the process of unlocking funding is proving to be complex.
A local professional environmentalist has summed up our situation in this way:-
“your progress to date is fabulous (based on my 25 years of environmental community work experience), setbacks are frustratingly commonplace as you have discovered and more groups than not do not survive even to the implementation of anything significant at all. Worst of all are landowners/leaseholders who contribute nothing at all but dictate such matters as where funds come from to implement works on their land for their benefit and this should be strongly voiced. It is not the leaseholder who is receiving the grant but I understand that awkward people are awkward…and it is people and not organisations when you dig!”
Please support us, if you possibly can, by attending our next COMMITTEE MEETING which will be held at the Angel Inn, Troedyrhiw at 6.30pm on Thursday 15th June.
You might also like to see what we are doing in the graveyard and, perhaps, give us an hour or so of your time at our VOLUNTEER DAY from 10.00am on Saturday 17th June. We would really like to see you.