Many Hands Make Light Work

Eric has a family grave in the closed graveyard by St Mary & St Margaret Church in Castle Bromwich. The first time he and his Aunt took me to see it we spent ages searching for it without any success. The graveyard was so badly over grown and covered in brambles that it was virtually impossible to find any but the largest graves. When we returned home, his Aunt was so upset she vowed never to go into the graveyard again. Over the coming weeks Ashleigh and some of his friends helped me to locate and clear our family grave and then we started to slowly clear some of the other graves surrounding it.

As time went on, and I spoke to other people in the graveyard, I realised that other users were equally upset about its deteriorating condition and, from the small seeds of our efforts, the idea of a  community project grew. Slowly, word spread and young people from the local youth centre, the local neighbourhood police and local residents came on board and helped us with tidying the graveyard, but it was slow, hard work.

When I joined Castle Bromwich Lions, they learned about the project and offered to help as part of their community service activities. I really can’t thank them enough for all the help and support that they’ve given in the graveyard. Without them, the progress we’ve made would have been so much slower. Without their advice, so many tasks would have been much harder. Without them the graveyard would not be so “blooming” lovely as it is today with its colourful flower borders.

On Thursday last week, Eric and I attended an RHS Awards Ceremony at the Ramada Hotel in Solihull where the Graveyard Project was awarded an It’s Your Neighbourhood Thriving Award. That award is for everybody who helped with this challenging project. Please watch the video and see what a difference the Lions have helped me make.

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