Friends of St Mary’s Churchyard
Our inaugural meeting was held on the 17th July. There were eight in attendance, 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.
We met for the second time on the 18th September 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.
There 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.
The next meeting will be on the 20th November at 6.30pm in the Derwent Room..