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2020 Diary: August

Sunday 2nd August 2020

Alan, Rita, Dave and Astrid in the cemetery today who were joined by a new volunteer, Chris. Alan was in the cemetery on Wednesday to cut back the roots and branches from the Yew tree that had taken over the Miller F9 grave. SDC groundsmen were in cutting the grass.

Alan and Dave sorted out the base stones of the Miller grave and then cemented the kerbs and posts back into position, they were well pleased with their efforts. Membrane and stone chipping need to be added to finish off the grave. Rita started to trim the holly saplings from the trees along the main pathway and was joined by Astrid who came in a little later. Chris arrived and was given a brief on the H & S issues to be mindful of when working in the cemetery, plus social distances to be maintained due to the Coronavirus. Chris and Astrid were given the task of cutting up the branches that had been thrown over the wall from Jam Factory Lane. Chris was then given the job of re-fitting the end kerb on the King G2 grave that had sunk and come adrift from the kerbs. He did a good job of levelling and fitting the kerb back in position which was then cemented together. Meanwhile Astrid was taking ivy off the King F47, Rockett F33 and Best F 53 grave, and Rita weeded the Lott F32 grave. A good days work and it was nice to have the company of Chris who made himself very useful.

Sunday 9th August 2020

Rita & Alan arrived earlier than usual as they planned to leave early. So before the others arrived Alan started work on the Roman grave A19. The kerbs had come apart and the end kerb was broken, he chipped away the old cement and lined the kerbs in position, when Dave arrived they mixed up the cement and fitted them together. While Alan was preparing the Roman grave for fixing, Rita weeded the Slocombe, Wood and Facey graves nearby. When Astrid arrived her and Rita's task was to sift a large pile of earth full of weeds, this done the sieved earth was laid in the Miller F9 grave, black membrane was added and then stone chipping. A photograph was taken on the finished job. Chris arrived and was given the job of adding stone chipping to the King G2 grave which he worked on last week. The boys then worked on the Bowden G30 which had a large cross lying inside. The kerbs were dug out and realigned. This is a nice grave and it was decided to ask Fine Memorial for a quote to re-erect the cross back on this memorial.

Everyone then moved up to the top end of G Section - Boyce G65 grave that Harry, a committee member of the Friends who would like the grave repaired. It has a very large ornate headstone that has fallen and the grave badly overgrown. The boys cleared away the earth and grass to expose the kerbs which were all there and exposed the headstone which was intact. Fine Memorial will be asked for a quote to re-erect this headstone for Harry and his family. Before leaving for home the Jones G3 was discussed, this has a broken headstone, it was decided that the next job would be to bring the two parts together so that they would look complete laid flat to the ground. A good tidy up around the Miller grave and photos taken, then home. It was noticed that SDC had trimmed all the saplings from both of the large trees in front of the cemetery which had been obstructing the view into the cemetery, it looks a lot better now.

Sunday 9th August 2020

How lucky with the weather, it stayed dry right up until we were leaving for home! Rita and Astrid noticed that our kind neighbour on the Wembdon Road had trimmed the hedge again. Did he hear us say we were amazed at how it had grown so fast! We thanked him for his hard work and he apologised that he didn't have time to pick up the clippings as it started to rain. No worry he was told, you cut it down we will clear it up! Two dumpy bags were filled with the clippings and put next to the growing pile under the trees at the Jam Factory end of the cemetery ready for collection by SDC. Dave, Chris and Alan concentrated their efforts on the Jones G3 grave, a large headstone broken in two pieces. The ground was cleared around and the two pieces were aligned together so that the whole inscription could easily be read. The ground was then levelled nicely around the headstone and it looked like it had always been laid in that position.

Sunday 23rd August 2020

Astrid, Dave, Alan, Rita and Chris in the cemetery today. On arrival it was noticed that a large branch had fallen from one of the large trees at the front of the cemetery. This was cut up and put in a dumpy bag, while in the area it was agreed that the hedge by the side of the house in Wembdon Road should be trimmed as it was growing out into the pathway. This was cut back and the front of the cemetery was cleared and swept clean making it look more presentable. More of the Hazel tree saplings just inside the cemetery gates were also cut back. The dumpy bag was then hauled back to the growing pile of bags by the Jam Factory Lane. Lead by Parsley, the group than did a tour of the cemetery to ensure no more damage had been caused by Friday’s wind.

All looked well and notes were taken on jobs that need to be done before winter sets in! Before leaving, the group weeded graves along the grass pathway bordering Section A and B. Black clouds were beginning to form above so a hasty retreat was made for home.

Sunday 30th August 2020

Dave, Chris, Astrid Alan & Rita in the cemetery today. The first job was to clear the ivy off the front pillar and clean up the front of the cemetery along the front path on Wembdon Road. (The other side was cleared last week). This done everyone made their way down to the end of the cemetery along by the Pantomime wall. Work began in earnest cutting back the saplings and low branches on the unanimous tree, moving slowly down toward Provident Place trimming branches, saplings, brambles and a number of trees from the Pantomime Society that had overgrown on our side and these were also cut back. Dave and Chris removed ivy from a number of headstones.

Altogether 4 large dumpy bags were filled and pulled over to the rest of the 20 filled bags by Jam Factory wall ready for collection by SDC. Everyone felt a lot had been achieved this morning and we could see a difference as it has opened up this area.

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