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Entering 2019, we look back over 2018 with interest. Much has happened over the last 12 months and we take a few minutes to see what has been achieved. Early into the year, we had a very successful fundraising event in the form of a meal at a nearby Italian restaurant. We had already received money to provide a bench in memory of John Butterworth so it was decided to purchase a second bench to complement it. The John Butterworth bench has now been installed overlooking the current area for burials whereas the second bench has been installed near the new area for Cremated remains. We also purchased a new Notice Board but unfortunately, we were unable to get this installed before Christmas. However, it has now been installed by one of our members just before the bad weather descends upon us. (See Photographs page)
We were very grateful to one of our members who made three wooden planters and installed them at the Blackburn Road entrance. They were filled with various perennial plants which made a beautiful display and gave the entrance a welcoming feeling. The Wall of Remembrance was also filled with many new perennial plants which were provided from a financial donation from one of our generous members, these gave a colourful display all year.
A recent addition by the Church has been the new area for cremated remains. A wall has been built adjacent to the Chapel upon which plaques can be mounted and there is a small lawn in front of the wall to receive the ashes. This is a much-needed addition as the Wall of Remembrance at the top of the cemetery is now full.
Over the Spring period, there was a splendid display of flowers including Snowdrops, Daffodils, Bluebells and many others. We would be interested to hear from anyone who sees the first flowers this year. We would also be interested to hear from you if you see any wild animals in the Cemetery. Squirrels can often be seen jumping around the trees, but have you spotted anything else. Also, watch out for birds using the various nest boxes which are scattered about. Again let us know when you see them and what species they are.
In the summer, a large branch fell off a tree and damaged a few of the old headstones. Fortunately, no one was around at the time. The tree, which was found to be rotten inside, was subsequently reduced to a safe height rather than being cut down altogether – this was to encourage its use by the local wildlife (birds, etc., not the human type!)
The community Payback team made regular visits to cut the grass and help to keep the place tidy. They did a fantastic job of clearing away the grass from an overgrown path. If you come across them at any time, please speak to the Team Leaders to tell them how much their help is valued – and anyone else that you come across, working in the cemetery.
A recent tree survey has indicated that the growth around several of the large trees needs to be cut back so that the Arboriculturist can inspect the tree more closely to determine their condition. This is one of the many jobs that the Friends of Padiham Cemetery can carry out to help the church maintain the cemetery in a good and safe condition. Other tasks that need to be carried out include removing fallen branches from the pathways, removing outdated flower displays (e.g. poppy wreaths, etc.) dead-heading flowers, cleaning moss/grass away from headstones. Could you help with any of these tasks? The Friends would welcome your help if it only says an hour each month. They meet at regular intervals but some of the tasks could be done at your own convenience. Please contact our secretary who will be pleased to talk to you.
We are planning to have another fund-raising meal in May. Watch out for details over the next few months.