Grave restoration continues & the Cross of Souls Memorial project gathers pace.

I am pleased to say that the restoration of memorials continues to proceed despite the Pandemic crisis that we have all endured since March of this year. The Thomas & Elizabeth Mayhook Charity is particularly indebted to the fourteen members of the “Mackworth Club” of local Freemasons who gave up their time recently to help continue our efforts to restore as many graves as possible. This is not the first time they have helped us and I am sure it will not be the last. The charity is also grateful to the financial support they have given and more on this will be published shortly.

The restored memorials
the concrete kerb memorials before restoration

On a dreary and extremely wet Sunday, in what was one of the most dreadful conditions imaginable a total of nine memorials were cleaned and restored, mostly of the concrete kerb variety, where the old stones and debris were removed and new white spar added. Also one slate headstone was uprighted and embedded in a concrete base, and a further memorial to James Finglah – a very special individual was also completely restored and  a special feature will appear soon on this remarkable individual.

Also the Cross of souls memorial project gathers momentum and I am grateful to the Diocesan Advisory Committee for granting permission for this very special memorial to be erected. Plans are afoot to begin the construction of the concrete base followed by other work and it is hoped that it will all be completed by the end of January, and ready for the unveiling and consecration on February 3rd. I am also delighted to inform you that the Right Honourable The First Minister for Wales , Mr Mark Drakeford PC will lay the first wreath following consecration and will be followed by Professor Medwin Hughes DL, Vice Chancellor of Trinity St David’s University who will lay a wreath on behalf of the “Friends” of the charity. Further information will appear about this in January.  Thank you all very much for your continued support.

The restored slate headstone in position