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Churchyard

Churchyard Working Party dates 2017:-

Tuesday 12th September

Tuesday 10th October

Tuesday 14th November

Tuesday 12th December

from 10.00 a.m.

The churchyard is about 4 acres and  is the only open churchyard in Buxton. It contains some interesting memorials and eight war graves. We are planning to produce a leaflet detailing a walk round the interesting graves during this winter. We have records and a plan for all the graves from 1861 although the reality on the ground sometimes makes it hard to find a particular grave. The book is  written in beautiful copperplate handwriting.

In order to keep the churchyard tidy and mown we rely heavily on voluntary help as we cannot afford to pay a full time gardener. We have a monthly working party on the second Tuesday of the month from 10 00am to 4pm (shorter day in the winter). Lunch and drinks are provided but volunteers are asked to bring gloves and small hand tools for tidying graves. Some volunteers work weekly during the summer and so we are able to maintain an acceptable level of control most of the time. We welcome all volunteers for whatever time they can give and are grateful for their hard work. We do employ someone during the high summer  to help  with strimming the rough areas.

We also have a small orchard which was planted by Transition Buxton in the unconsecrated corner of the churchyard. Despite the rather hostile conditions some fruit was produced this year. We could develop this area with some wild flower planting and bird boxes etc.

Next year we are hoping to have the dry stone walls mended and the driveways repaired.