It has indeed been a busy year in keeping the grass cut as short as possible. The weather has of course not helped over the last few weeks and with only one ordinary garden mower and one strimmer we have had our work cut out. To give you an example it takes on average four and a half hours without a break (except to refuel) to cut all the grassed areas accessible in the cemetery and this together with an additional two hours of strimming takes it’s toll physically. However, in carrying out this work ourselves the Trustees have saved the charity a considerable amount of money in having to pay contractors. In the new year the Finance Sub committee will be looking to prioritise our financial needs for the forthcoming year and to this end we will be looking at purchasing an additional mower and possibly a strimmer so that we can then invite volunteers along to help in carrying out this work. Eventually we hope to be able to aquire a “ride on mower” as well which will save an awful lot of time and will be more economical let alone much easier ! We also have a large area of the cemetery grounds still to restore, and to consider the importation of soil to level off uneven areas.
Memorial restoration will however now become the charities main objective over the winter months and the list of memorials requiring attention is quite a long one but there’s the challenge. One headstone that has been laying face down for over 50 years covered over with earth has only recently been uncovered and will be restored to it’s rightful position in the coming weeks. THOMAS DAVIES from Lammas Street, his wife and two young children (aged 5 and 7 ) will now once again be remembered and the Trustees look forward to completing this task.