Work by contractors to restore the boundaries of this sensitive and historically important site are now well advanced. They did, however, encounter one unexpected problem recently when tree surgeons that had been called in to remove a large tree stump embedded in a wall decided that they were unable to tackle the job. Fortunately, several members of Friends of Saron having the necessary skills were willing to offer their services to attempt this task. As can be seen from these images this turned out to be a very difficult and lengthy but ultimately successful job. Very many thanks must go to Stephen, Simon and Mark for the heavy work and to Sheila for keeping up the spirits and replenishing the energy levels of the team by providing regular refreshments throughout the day!
Contractors have begun the delicate task of dealing with a collapsed retaining wall that was constructed at least 150 years ago to hold back the earth which is the ‘final resting place’ of many residents of the village from previous generations. Restruct Limited of Bridgend (“big enough to cope …but small enough to care”) who are carrying out this work have an excellent reputation and, to judge from what they have achieved so far, we will not be disappointed with the final results of their efforts.
We are extremely grateful to the landowner and leaseholder for all that they have done to facilitate this work.
Going forward we will again be calling on residents and other interested parties to help us to ensure that this project leaves a lasting legacy. The vision of our volunteers is to create Saron Memorial and Wildlife Garden as a community asset. We can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The walls enclosing the site of the historic Saron Graveyard and former chapel in Troedyrhiw date from the period 1835 to 1886. Our Victorian forebears certainly knew how to build using a plentiful supply of stone that was quarried from the mountainsides above the village. Unfortunately, nothing lasts for ever and a long period of neglect following the closure of the chapel in 1983 and its demolition in 1990 resulted in a derelict site with crumbling and unsafe boundary walls. A small team of volunteers have been striving to restore the graveyard to a fitting condition by working towards the creation of a memorial and wildlife garden as a community asset. We are extremely pleased that contractors have now begun what is likely to be a fairly lengthy programme of work that will return the boundary walls to a safe and secure condition that will, hopefully, make them good for at least another 100 years. Many thanks must go to the landowner and leaseholder for making this possible.
During the continuing public health emergency the Saron Graveyard Project, Troedyrhiw has been unable to move forward. But our volunteers remain as determined as ever to rescue this important local asset while maintaining a balance between wildlife and heritage. As soon as it is a safe to do so we expect that contractors will move onto the site to carry out planned work and our volunteers will resume the programme of improvement activities. Meanwhile, all we can do is keep safe which we hope that all of you are also doing. Watch this space for future updates on this project and many thanks for your interest and support.
SARON GRAVEYARD PROJECT, TROED-Y-RHIW – VOLUNTEER DAYS We desperately need to boost the number of volunteers that regularly attend our volunteer days and are appealing to anyone that feels that they are able to devote an hour or two every 4 to 6 weeks to contact us or simply to turn up at our next event. Details are as follows:-
Date & Time: Saturday 15 February from 10:00am At: Saron Graveyard, Chapel Street, Troed-y-rhiw
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS PARTICULAR EVENT COULD BE CALLED OFF AT SHORT NOTICE DUE TO BAD WEATHER OR IF CONTRACTORS HAVE BEGUN WORK ON THE BOUNDARY WALLS.
One of our volunteers took these pictures last Saturday in Saron Graveyard, Troedyrhiw. This Robin was a very curious little fellow checking out everything that we were doing and possibly being a little upset that we had invaded his territory. Or could it be that he was responding to our appeal for new volunteers? If he can do it then so perhaps can you! We would love to see you at a future volunteer day. You will be made most welcome. Why not send us a message today?
With extensive structural work on the boundary walls in the pipeline for next year our volunteers can now concentrate on completing improvement work on the interior of Saron Graveyard, Troedyrhiw. We also need to ensure that the project leaves a lasting legacy which will require arrangements to be made for future maintenance, accessibility and use. If you are interested in your local heritage then please show your support by popping in to one or both of these events in Troedyrhiw next week. PLEASE NOTE AMENDED DATE FOR MEETING – Friday 15th NOT Thurs 14th.