We are just at the start of a long process that will require significant funds to protect and enhance St Peter’s and its churchyards. At the Cemetery, for example, boundary walls and gate piers, which pose a health and safety risk, and other structures such as the sexton’s hut need to be rebuilt or repaired. Some monuments require conserving, facilities such as seating, interpretation, paths and steps are required; the site needs to be sensitively managed. The Master Plan will provide the basis for a major funding bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Please become an ambassador for our projects and events. The main ways you can help are:
Come along to one of our events or help at the Rectory Lane Cemetery work parties (First Sunday in every month, 2-4 p.m.).
Connect to friends, relations etc. both within and beyond the Town – spread the news about our worthwhile projects and events. Encourage others to volunteer or to join the Friends.
Please write/mention us in any blogs/tweets/e-mails and mention the Project to family and friends.
The Friends are on the look-out for people with talents and skills to further our work on projects and running events
For the Cemetery Project, for example, putting together the Master Plan requires a range of skills and expertise
If you are unable to offer such skills, then perhaps there is someone who you could gently persuade. We would like to get local businesses involved at this early stage in the planning process – and if they can’t help with the Master Plan, they may well be able to offer corporate support in the shape of work parties, or donations of tools and equipment. There will be other organisations you are involved with – Scouts or Rotary perhaps, who might be willing to donate some labour, or carry out visitor surveys. Or groups who might like to think about using the cemetery for sensitive educational and recreational uses – painting/photography groups, schools – please introduce us to them.
You will have other ideas as well – please do share them!