FRIENDS OF THE CHURCHYARD

Friends of St Mary’s Churchyard

   Our inaugural meeting was held on the 17th July 2013. There were eight in attendancgardeninge, including Richard Windsor, an employee of Erewash Borough Council, who is responsible for liaising with Friends groups. He gave us general information about the set-up of different groups and told us how he could be of assistance with funding bids and the supply of plants etc. He encouraged us to be inclusive of as many community groups as possible, especially those using the Centre. The Youth Group and Cantelupe Kids’ Club have both expressed an interest in becoming involved.

   Discussion centred on the need for sensitivity for the area devoted to the interment of ashes and how the bereaved relatives might be approached and involved. It was felt that a general tidy up of the periphery would be a good start and also to give impact, the areas each side of the main gates could be replanted in the Autumn, with the ground being prepared by Erewash Borough Council. It is the intention to involve local businesses perhaps in the supply of shrubs etc. Autumn bulb planting will also take place so that a difference will be seen in the Spring.

   Mary Hawkins agreed to act as Chairperson and Myra Buxton would act as secretary for the meetings.

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   Wlopperse met for the second time on the 18th September 2013 in the Derwent Room. The September working party (of two!) cleared the undergrowth from the wall adjacent to the old vicarage and also ivy from under the trees in preparation for the installation of a memorial seat and Autumn bulb planting.

   secateursThere was another working party on Saturday 12th October and the next was arranged for 9th November, when we hope to have a display to coincide with an event in the Cantelupe Centre about the history of Ilkeston and Stanton. Come with secateurs and half-moon cutters to clear ivy and smarten up the memorial plaque area.

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snowdrops   The next meeting will be Wednesday 19th March 2014 at 6.30pm in the Derwent room of the Cantelupe Centre. Thank you to all who took snowdrop bulbs. We hope to plant them “in the green” on Saturday 22nd March, so enjoy the flowers in the meantime. The 750 narcissi bulbs are beginning to poke through the earth. We should have a fine display.

Gordon Kemp’s memorial bench is in situ now and looks very fine. Thank you Sheila. I am sure it will be appreciated by those who visit loved ones in the peaceful surroundings of the churchyard.

dig   We are hoping to plant up around the memorial as part of the events commemorating the outbreak of the 1914-18 war.

The council is most appreciative of the efforts of our fledgling group. Thank you to all for you involvement. We are always looking for more people to join us.

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