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Our youngest Taskforce worker.

St. David's Day 2015 Celebration of Taskforce

This year we decided not to have our usual annual Inspection on St. David's Day. This was because, having the monthly taskforce meetings in 2014/15, we felt we had inspected St. Mary's to death, so to speak, and had many times made the Council aware of repairs needed.

So, we decided, this St. David's Day, to celebrate the work of Taskforce, and the Bereavement Gardening Services, all of whom worked so hard to get the church grounds and cemetery looking its best.

St. Mary's with hedges trimmed.
Therefore, Taskforce held its first St. David's Day 'open day', and we were very pleased to see many new faces, as well as old, including our local councillor, Peter Bradbury. Some of the new attendees signed up to be Friends supporters, which we hope will translate into more people joining Taskforce on the Hill on the first Tuesday of each month, 11am-1pm, to help with litter/rubbish collection, weeding, planting spring and summer flowers, and keeping the brambles and overgrowth trimmed. The monthly Taskforce meetings are also a social occasion: we enjoy tea and biscuits and chat, as well as discussing strategy to get things done.

Of course, what is needed most is that the Council get on and complete the most urgent repairs. These are repairs to the tower buttresses and filling the gaping hole in the tower. Also, the re-pointing of the tower, is now desperately needed to keep the structure safe, as indicated in the last professional survey report.

We have high hopes of this work being done this year, and will be meeting with the Council again in June, to review progress. Naturally, we will keep you informed.

Best wishes, from the Friends.