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2019 Diary: August

Sunday 3rd August 2019

Alan and Rita in a bit earlier today to take some measurements of the Phillips grave (Section B 73) for our Chairman, and only just early enough to beat Andy who followed a few minutes later. At the usual time in came Astrid, Parsley and Dave.

The lads got cracking carrying on their work on the Kelland and Whitmell graves started last week. The kerbs on the Whitmell grave were levelled and cemented in, the joints covered so the cement will not set too quickly. The cementing done last week on the Kelland grave was uncovered and the centre which was full of grass and weeds dug out and levelled. This will be filled with stone chipping at a later date as we have run out of chipping; meaniing another trip to Cannington Quarry. Earth was placed around the edges of the graves to finish off.

Astrid planted some Ox-eye daisy plants in the recently dug area by our wild flowers then came and helped Rita who was weeding the inside of graves in Sections B and C.

In need of a break we had a walk around the cemetery and noticed that Fine Memorial had been in and repaired the Southwood grave which had been damaged by the mower. (SDC funded the repair).

Sadly it was noticed that the mower has also done quite a bit more damage to graves. These were recorded and photos of the damage taken. It is disappointing and disheartening to find these graves have been hit by the mower without any thought of the hard work done by the Friends on these graves.

Feeling weary we left for home giving Andy and Dave time to get ready to go to Blake Gardens and listen to the Band concert.

Sunday 11 August 2019

A 'full house' again today. Andy was waiting when Alan & Rita arrived, followed by Dave, Astrid and Parsley. Alan took a trip to Cannington Quarry on Monday and purchased stone chipping for the Kelland and Whitmell graves which was our job planned for today. When we got to the cemetery we had a change of plan, mainly because Alan forgot to bring the black membrane! The algae was cleaned off the Whitmell tiered stones so that the inscription could be seen clearly. The boys moved down the path to the Gleed G102 and the Purchase grave G101. They started on the Purchase grave which just had three tiers with the cross missing, the tiers had sunk about 3” or 75 mm on one side. They dug around the tiers down to the base stone, the stone was levered up so that the tiers were level and packed up with bricks, with a final adjustment of slate. The earth was put back in and job done.

The Gleed tier memorial was a lot bigger with part of the cross still attached to the top tier stone and the whole thing had sunk far more than the Purchase grave. It took a lot of digging out to get to the base stone and were surprised to find 2 large base stones supporting the three tiers. Using 6 ft metal poles, Alan and Dave levered the base stones so they were level and Andy packed the gap with concrete blocks. The earth was compacted back, another job well done! Meanwhile - Astrid and Rita were weeding the graves in Section B starting by Smith B3 and working toward the main gate, getting up as far as Lovibond B27 filling 2 black bags. After they stopped for a well earned tea break, they meandered up to the wild flower area where Astrid planted an Ox-eyed Daisy plant she had nurtured from her garden. Big black rain clouds were now forming above us, Dave and Astrid made a hasty retreat followed by Andy. Alan started to clean the Gleed stone and Rita went to look for blackberries but too late, just a few minutes later they both got a soaking when the rain came down, so went off home.

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