It’s been a while since our last post, but things have been going on behind the scenes.
First of all, we have to sadly report the death of John Bowles – one of the founding trustees of St Bartholomew. He was intrinsic in getting the church saved, and sorting out a trust to help maintain it for the nation, and the village. We send our condolences to the family. We will be putting a plaque on the bench in the church, and a small memorial service will be held on Friday July 27th, in the afternoon.
Two new trustees have been appointed – Ian Fazakerley, and Diane Seddon – we look forward to seeing the Trust move forward, and welcome them.
Next, the trees we planted back in March, are starting to grow out nicely. The team were back in action in May, strimming and weeding, and again in early June – to rake back the strim and to collect all the rubbish.
We have put weedkiller down where it was needed, and we have started to record each and every one of the gravestones. There will be a full photographic record, and map produced, so that anyone who wants can have a look, and trace their ancestors.
A photographic group from Sleaford have been round the church, taking images for their own use, and prior to that, a single photographer came and took a lot of images of the interior. Both kindly left donations for the Church.
The insurance has also been renewed, and we have full Public/Employers Liability. The certificate has been pinned up in the church porch.
If you want to see the progress we are making on grave records, please follow the link below – more images will be added over the summer months.