Friends of St. Mary's Churchyard
St. Mary's Churchyard
Our next Churchyard Event is on 4th Dec at St John's, when we will be holding a Christmas Wreath Making Workshop inside St John's Church with Christmas music, mince pies & coffee.
We will also have a Christmas stall selling Christmas Food Goodies & Christmas planted bulbs & flower arrangements!
April has been another busy month for both churchyards as we continue to enhance both spaces for the benefit of the environment and community within which we live.
Trees at St John's - Some of the Churchyard Volunteers planted 9 native Silver Birch tree saplings (Betula Pendula) this week. The trees have been planted along the southern side of the Churchyard in 3 clusters of 3 trees, in a "mini woodland" format, This style of planting restricts the growth of trees enabling what would otherwise be medium/large trees to be planted in small spaces.
Grass Cutting - Due to the availability of Community Payback we've had a No Mow April rather than May!
The grass is due to be cut at both churchyards in selected areas over the next 3 weeks.
Selected areas especially where we have existing wildflowers will be kept longer.
Borders at St John's - Despite the dry weather the borders are continuing to grow and develop. This week we will be planting a few more plants to further enhance the borders as well as the long grass areas.
St Mary's - The St Mary's Volunteers Won the Battle of the ivy!
- This was of particular importance due to the damaged being created to the wall and its render.
Ivan Randall from Caring for God's Acre & St. Giles Church will be visiting St Mary's next month, to advise us on how to best further enhance & manage the churchyard.
Platinum Jubilee Art Exhibition - The Churchyard Volunteers have teamed up with the local artist Joanna May & 3 Schools (Wansdyke, Southbroom & Trinity) to create an art exhibition for the Queen's Jubilee.
The exhibition will be on display in St Mary's Church 2nd-4th May and will be free to attend. Further press releases will follow.
Volunteer Working Parties - St John's
Next Working Party is this Weds, 27th April 10.30am-12.30pm (planting & watering in the main)
May Working Parties: 11th May 2-4pm & 25th May 2-4pm - please note change of timings
Sustainability & Other Events
No Mow May - Unless you did that in April! A no mow period will allow flowers to grow creating an enhanced habitat for bees & other pollinators.
11th May 9am -12pm - Plant fair at the Shambles in aid of Save the Children
14th May 2-4pm - Litter pick with a difference! starting at the Wharf. The rubbish collected is being turned into an "artwork" by Sustainable Devizes. This will be displayed at the Shambles over the Jubilee weekend.
20th May - World Bee Day - World Bee Day is celebrated globally. The purpose of this day is to recognise and acknowledge the positive impact that bees and other pollinators have on our ecosystem.
Community Payback have finished the grass cutting and the old and ugly tank has been removed.
A huge thankyou! to all the children, Mums, Neighbours & Churchyard Volunteers who came along & helped out at our Bug Hotel 2 Event, yesterday at St Mary's.
Special thanks goes to Churchyard Volunteers Sophie & Felicity who made the event happen!
A beautiful, natural looking bug hotel, was built from natural & otherwise waste materials
I hope you can go check it out - its situated at the back of the churchyard next to Commercial Road.
The children were complete superstars & even wrote notes welcoming the bugs to their new home!!
A few wildflower seeds were scattered either side of the main entrance to St Mary's today, hopefully they'll add some colour & cheer next
Lovely autumn sun in St Mary’s on an October Day
Raking the Grass at St Mary's
More raking at St Mary's today. Will it ever end!?
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!