Friends of St. John's Churchyard
St. John's Churchyard
We are a small group of volunteers working with the Churchwardens of St John's and St Mary's. We meet regularly in the churchyard with the aim of managing and developing the churchyard to benefit its wildlife.
We would welcome more volunteers and you don’t have to be a churchgoer to join in. If you would like to take part in one of our practical “hands on” Work Sessions, even for ½ hour or so, you would be very welcome. We always make time for tea and cake too!
Next Working Party Dates for St John's: 10th & 24th August 2-4pm
Next Working Party Dates for St Mary's: 28th July, 17th & 30th August 2-4pm
I hope everyone is enjoying the sunny weather & managing to stay cool!
There are some lovely photos below taken in St John's Churchyard by a recent Visitor. Also a few photos of yesterday's Working Party.
If anyone takes any photos & would like me to share them here and/or on our Friends of St Johns or Friends of St Marys Facebook pages, please let me know.
Working Parties & Volunteer Recruitment
Yesterday's Working Party at St John's needed an early start to avoid the worst of the heat! Some photos below.
Next Working Party Dates:
- St John's: 24th August 2-4pm (if still very hot weather we may switch the timing to the morning)
- St Mary's: 15th & 30th August 1.30-3.30pm
We do need more Volunteers to help out at the Working Parties & help to enhance the Churchyards further. If you know of anyone or any groups who may be interested please let us know.
These were watered & mulched at yesterday's Working Party to help with moisture retention.
The new trees have been staked with longer stakes to give more support & mulched to help with moisture retention.
The older trees will be reviewed again in October & decision made on whether they need replacing.
Green Waste both Churchyards
Green waste has built up at both churchyards its hoped that the Town Council may be able to help with removing & re-using this waste.
Additional compost bins are being made for both churchyards.
Creationtide 4th -29th Sept Working title: Stewards of our planet- Practical local initiatives
A series of 4 talks, every Thurs at St Mary's:
8th: Avon Road Recycling, 15th: Community Fridge, 22nd: Green Prescriptions, 29th: tbc
Full details to be published & advertised shortly.
Heritage Day 17th Sept
Free to all children's event Bird Feeder Making (11am-1pm on a drop in basis).
Free to all Churchyard Quizzes
Christmas Wreath Making Workshops & Christmas Food Stall 3rd Dec
Kate will be running to wreath making workshops this year in the Parish Rooms.
There will also be a Christmas Food Stall outside.
Proceeds from both will go to the Churchyard, details on how to book to be advertised shortly.
Churchyard Management Team Changes
Philippa Morgan has recently stepped down from the Team & Peter Crofts has joined.
We'd like to thank Philippa for all her time and hard work over the last 12 months.
Welcome to Peter Crofts!
The Churchyard Volunteers were weeding & watering the beds at St John's again this afternoon. Fab job everyone!! - it was scorchio!!
Following feedback, going forward we will email all Volunteers a reminder of the next Working Party date 1 week prior, asking you to respond with either a Yes or No as to whether you're able to attend. This will help us better manage tasks.
We're very grateful to everyone who currently volunteers & helps out. We fully understand that not everyone will be able to help out all of the time & sometimes it may only be for a short period of time. All help is very gratefully received!
We would also like to encourage anyone who isn't able to come regularly or who maybe hasn't been for a while to just come along to any one of the working parties for chat & cup of tea, & to see what's happening.
1st-30th Sept - Creation Tide. A series of talks & activities are being planned in relation to wildlife, improving bio-diversity & sustainability. - more details to follow & if anyone has any further ideas or suggestions on content please let us know.
3rd December - Christmas Wreath Making Workshops, Parish Rooms. Times & Booking tba
Over the last week we've started to bring our plans for the churchyard to life!
During January's Working Party at St John's, 8 of the Churchyard Volunteers & Community Payback worked extremely hard creating the flower beds at the Northern Entrance!
3 out of 4 were completed!! A brilliant result!! & Many, many thanks & well done All!!
Many thanks too to everyone who lent us tools, equipment, etc & to the Council the trailer & taking away the turf!
Living Churchyard Project boards have been put in the Church to inform & educate everyone about a Living Churchyard, explain our Living Churchyard Project, Objectives & Plans for the future, along with the Educational Board on Bug Hotels & the Importance of Insects to the World's Eco-system.
New Scented Boarder for St John's