Churchyards

We are so fortunate in the beautiful and well kept grounds around our Churches, and much of the work of maintaining them is done by teams of volunteers. If you would like to join such a team, either for grass cutting, tree management, or for more general "garden maintenance" please contact  (0118 940 2497) who has overall responsibility for their maintenance. 
The various areas which we look after are:  


St. Mary's Churchyard     
Mill Green       
The New Church Cemetery ("The Chalk Pit") . See below for "Friends of the Cemetery"
St. Peter's Churchyard and Cemetery
St. Paul's
     

In order to assist in the maintenance of the Churchyards, the PCC has endorsed the Oxford Diocesan set of "Churchyard Regulations" which lay down general rules for the size and shape of grave stones, limitations on the layout of the ground occupied by a grave or ashes interment, and on the planting and display of flowers, bushes etc. These Regulations may be read here.


Friends of the Cemetery

Peter Mayes wrote in  the April Magazine:.


During the winter of 2014-5, St Mary’s volunteers continued to work hard in clearing undergrowth on the northerly tree line to the Cemetery. This has prompted several letters complimenting the ‘Friends’ on the recent improvements.

imageThe photographs illustrate this well. The open aspect appears to have encouraged larger areas of snowdrops and crocus and there are some daffodils and bluebells to follow on. It is plain that if we fell some of the mature Sycamores in that area to make it suitable for siting graves we might extend the cemetery’s useful life by a number of years.image

We must thank the relatively small group of supporters who have contributed thus far whether in financial terms or by giving their time and physical effort. On both fronts we look forward to wider commitment in the long term. Pledges for routine payments would be particularly welcome. The money is held in the Cemetery Maintenance Fund, a Church account dedicated for the purpose, which enables us to gain the advantage of Gift Aid on payments from income tax payers. Please contact Ann Roberts direct on 940 2656 if you would like to contribute towards the Fund.

Len Roberts superintends the work of grass cutting contractors whilst our St Mary’s team tackle the tidying up work, keeping weeds, brambles and undergrowth under control. Please contact Peter on 940 2497 if you would care to join our workforce. A visit can be very rewarding. On all counts, we look forward to you joining us.

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