St Mary’s Churchyard

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We are making concerted efforts this year to address concerns about the appearance of and safety in the churchyard.  We hope you are noticing some of the improvements made through our teams of volunteers.

The removal of diseased trees, trimming of branches and hedges, clearing of pathways, keeping grass to an acceptable length and removal of rubbish have been completed in recent weeks although there is still more to do.

We are ensuring the churchyard meets the standards set by the Diocese of Carlisle including those regulations relating to the upkeep of graves and remembrance gardens.  Please note that churchyards are different in their nature from municipal cemeteries.

Objects such as kerbs, railings, statues, photographs, mementoes (such as windmills toys or animals) or items affixed to the monument are not allowed. Artificial flowers are not allowed except for Remembrance day poppies [on graves of those who served in the armed forces] and traditional Christmas wreaths but these should be removed after no more than 2 months.

During our Churchyard Clear-Up Day last week dead flowers and artificial flowers were removed from several graves.  We acknowledge that we should have made more people aware of this work in advance so that artificial flowers could have been retrieved beforehand.  We apologise unreservedly for any distress this may have caused.  If you are concerned then please call or email our Church Wardens Rhona (475761) or Maureen (471797) who will gladly assist you. Those artificial flowers that were in reasonable condition have not been thrown away and can be reclaimed.

We really appreciate your support as we take the necessary steps to preserve our historic and treasured churchyard.

St Mary’s Churchyard needs YOUR help !

Can you spare some time to help tidy up our Churchyard ?

We are holding a Churchyard Clean-Up day on Saturday 17th July from 1000-1400. Please pop in for as long as you can manage. Some refreshments will be provided.

If you have a cordless strimmer, shears or other useful tools then please bring them along.

If you have any questions then post a comment here or contact our Churchwardens, Rhona and Maureen.

Thank you for your support.

St Mary’s Services resuming

Following our well attended Palm Sunday service St Mary’s will resume regular services in accordance with national and Church of England guidelines.. On Good Friday the Church will be open at 1400 for a service of Bible Readings and Reflection.  On Easter Sunday there will be a service of Communion by Extension at 0930 which will be led by Clare-Knill Jones.  Thereafter we will be following the same pattern as before lockdown.