Friends of St Mary’s Churchyard
On Wednesday 7th May at 10.30 the Friends of St Mary’s Churchyard helped to plant two columnar yew trees in the newly designed and planted bed behind the War memorial at the top of the steps in the churchyard.
The group was started in July 2013 to help enhance and protect the closed churchyard, which is maintained by Erewash Borough Council. Memorial stones for the interred ashes of loved ones are frequently visited by relatives, but some are overgrown and The Friends have started edging and tidying around the area. As most of you will know, Narcissi were planted in the Autumn and hopefully the snowdrops planted “in the green” will provide a good show next Spring. The Cantelupe Kids Club have also helped to improve the appearance of the churchyard by planting bulbs and flower borders. The Youth Club too are planting a flower bed next to the Centre.
Some of the memorials have already been cleared of ivy and areas have been reseeded with grass by the council. Native trees will be planted to encourage wild life. A working party will meet the last Saturday of each month from 10am-12noon.
The Friends is in its early stages of formation and all are welcome. The Group has received a generous £300 grant from County Councillor, Glennice Birkin’s Members’ Community Fund for further improvement work to the churchyard and memorial garden.
The next meeting will be in July (date to be confirmed in the July/Aug ‘Contact’ magazine) in the Derwent Room at the Cantelupe Centre. Anyone with an interest in the churchyard conservation and development is welcome to attend the meetings in the Centre.
Do take time to have a wander round and appreciate the improvements!