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2017 Diary: April

Sunday 2 April

In the cemetery working today were Alan, Andy and Andrew. Work started on cleaning and putting the granite stone chipping back in the Holman (1030) grave. Next task was to turn over the Laver headstone (1279) so the inscription could be read. The headstone was packed so that it was higher at the top end to permit rain water to run off. All ready now for a photo to be taken.

Once this was completed a 'pow wow' was held to decided what job to do next, decision made, they headed for the three tiered Murch grave (1262) which had sunk badly to one side. This grave is next to the path and near other memorials that are planned for restoration. After a lot of digging, levering and packing, the tiers were finally levelled, the cross which should be on top is broken and was laid directly behind the tiers. As Alan and Andy sorted the Murch grave, Andrew got stuck in cleaning the Hunt (1258 and Herniman (1259) graves nearby, much improved now they have been tidied up.

Before they left Andy was hoping to take a photo of the Godby grave (711), but the sun was too bright so will have to leave for another day. They said a good three hours work was put in by all and felt it was time to go home. (Due to having a bad back Rita was unable to help this morning, but she worked out that this means they had an hours tea break!)

Sunday 9 April

Just Dave and Andy working today. Andy finished the Horsey memorial (929), by putting in black membrane and adding stones.


Dave set about cleaning some of the repaired memorials that had been finished by Fine Memorials. These included the Butler (688), Carver (791), Bowering (658), Board (654)and Symons (651) memorials. Also doing the Smith memorial (875)which it is hoped will next be to be re-erected.


Sedgemoor had also been in and cut the grass which has resulted in some more memorials being damaged by the mower.

Thursday 13 April

Astrid was passing by so she popping into the cemetery to see how the wildflower meadow is taking.





Sunday 16 April

No one in the cemetery today as it was Easter Sunday.

Sunday 23 April

Andy, Alan and Dave in today. Sadly the workers are diminishing, John is looking after his wife after her knee operation, Rita has back and ankle problems and Andrew is unable to assist for the next month or so. Joyce feels that at her age she deserves a rest. All being missed and speedy recoveries wished.

Today's task was to sort out the Lewis (Plot 111) and Morris (Plot 110) graves, at present they are under photo number 1002. The Lewis headstone being in the Morris grave. The first job was to sort out the kerbstones for the Lewis grave, this done the headstone was then moved across to sit on the kerbs. The next job was to dig out, pack and level the kerbstones of the Morris grave, the job went smoothly and all we need to do now is add membrane and chipping. New found inscription on the Morris kerb that was buried was recorded and when we have a photo this will be added to the website.

John came in to visit to see how things were going and to have a chat, but he was not going to leave before we made some use of him. He was asked to finish off the Lewis grave by giving the headstone a good brush and clean down. The reason why we tackled these two graves is that they are on the route to the area that dignitaries will pass on their way to the Dedication Memorial stone for Dr Peter Cattermole which is to take place on May 12th. The Charles Francis (1079) grave which is close to where the memorial stone will be placed was tidied and straightened as it had been hit by the mower. With lovely blue sky and the sun beating down on us we felt that again we had done well and headed home for our dinner.

Thursday 27 April


Alan and Andy in the cemetery today a nice bright sunny day. A barrow load of earth added to the Morris grave (plot 110) photo 1002, then membrane and chipping added. The grave behind Staples (962) needed some attention, the kerbs had sunk, these dug out packed and levelled and put back in position. The two small head and foot headstones were then put back upright. The grave now looking a lot better.


Alan and Andy moved down to the Coombs (959) a large 3 plot grave with large ornate kerb stones, one had fallen out of place and the 3 others had moved out of place over the ages. With levers and rollers the kerbs were cemented and moved back into their rightful positions. A lot of hard work but the final results were worth it. This is a fine memorial now the kerbs are back in place all that is now required is for the grave which is overgrown with grass and weeds to be cleared and the memorial stones cleaned so that the lettering can be clearly seen. Andy took a number of photos which will be added to the web site.

Thursday 27 April

Alan and Andy in the cemetery today a nice bright sunny day. A barrow load of earth added to the Morris grave (plot 110) photo 1002, then membrane and chipping added. The grave behind Staples (962) needed some attention, the kerbs had sunk, these dug out packed and levelled and put back in position. The two small head and foot headstones were then put back upright. The grave now looking a lot better. Alan and Andy moved down to the Coombs (959) a large 3 plot grave with large ornate kerb stones, one had fallen out of place and the 3 others had moved out of place over the ages. With levers and rollers the kerbs were cemented and moved back into their rightful positions. A lot of hard work but the final results were worth it. This is a fine memorial now the kerbs are back in place all that is now required is for the grave which is overgrown with grass and weeds to be cleared and the memorial stones cleaned so that the lettering can be clearly seen. Andy took a number of photos which will be added to the web site.

Sunday 30 April

Weather forecast was torrential rain but when we looked out the window and saw blue sky and sunshine Alan & Rita decided to chance it and so did Dave. Andy unable to attend today. First job was to put black membrane and chippings in the Worley grave which was cleared some time ago, this now needs a photo taken, we will ask Andy to do this when he is next in the cemetery. Next, we cleaned out the centre of the Hooker grave, the kerbs need to be sorted out but not a job to start today in case the rain comes in. Alan & Dave then worked on the Coombs grave (959), digging up the weeds in and around the grave, the earth in the centre was like concrete so it was dug over and left for the so called coming torrential rain to break it down!

We then moved next door to the Burt grave (958) here again the kerbs have fallen down. Most of the ivy and weeds were cleared although more work is needed on this grave to make it presentable. The headstone is laid down and broken into three pieces, once the kerbs have been sorted we will need to lay the headstone on the concrete base - again, more work for another day. Having filled 7 bags with weeds we decided to call it a day as it felt rain was imminent so we packed up and left. Although a few drops fell on the windscreen on the way home, rain didn't start until an hour later, and not as heavy as forecast!


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