St Peter’s Church working party

Despite the weather last Saturday there was just a two hour window of opportunity at 10am, when it stopped raining long enough for six hardy villagers (all over 70) to turn up armed with trowels, spades, rakes, muddy boots and waterproofs to work in the churchyard.

Twenty pots of snowdrop bulbs were planted, together with 30 metres of hedging along the borders, whilst a good deal of lichen was scraped off the church masonry, and the footpath cleared of fallen leaves.

Thanks to Shirley, William, Barry, Chris, Mary and Gill for their intrepidness and hard work.

I’m sure there will be another working party soon – any form of help is always welcome.

It’s not all hard slog, as soon as the church clock strikes 11 – we all gather for a short break, under the lychgate for coffee, biscuits and a natter.

Who wouldn’t want to work in a place with a view like this!

Sadly there were no blue skies on Saturday- this photograph was taken at a previous working party in November.

Copyright – Gillatphotography

Along with the ongoing general maintenance of the churchyard, which has included the necessary taking down of another diseased beech tree (at a cost of £3000) last week, the Friends of St Peter’s are working towards creating a small garden of remembrance within the churchyard and spreading more plants throughout the grounds.

If you have any spare plants, for example, snowdrops, cyclamen, primroses, bluebells, daffodils, celandine, forget-me-nots (a few rhododendrons in the hedgerow perhaps) or any other suggestions, especially for plants that would bring colour in the summer and autumn, please get in touch.


Two, new, three-seater benches (made from 100% recyclable plastic) have been purchased with money donated by two local groups, the Ratby Ramblers and Glenfield U3A and will be placed in the churchyard in the next few weeks.

For those amongst us (like me) who struggle to get up the very steep footpath from the reservoir, one will be strategically placed on the left side of the path half way up the hill, on the flatish piece of land in line with the furthest tray shown in this photograph.

Copyright Gillatphotography

The FOSP’s are always busy raising funds for use towards the upkeep and improvements within the grounds and the church itself.

Unfortunately two diseased beech trees and faulty heating have made a big dent in the funds they had raised towards providing a stairlift in the church and creating the garden of remembrance, but your help is invaluable by supporting those fund raising events.

There are three such events coming up in the next few weeks – all to be held at Thornton Community Centre.

Clear Out Sale – Saturday 25th February

Folk group, Govannen’s Ceilidh – Saturday 11th March – (a few tickets remaining)

Thornton Quiz night and Fish and Chip supper – Saturday 1st April – (SOLD OUT)

If you have any fund raising ideas, or would be willing to organise an event, then please do get in touch.

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