Churchyard Open Day

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Bunting was put up, volunteers were there to welcome visitors and despite the damp, windy weather about 100 visitors came to St Augustine’s on Saturday 16th June 2018 during the late morning and afternoon.  There was a lot to see and do during the Open Day which was held as part of Cherishing Churchyards Week.

In the morning and again in the afternoon local historian Alan Thorne gave a talk on notable people buried in the churchyard.  This was followed by a walk around the churchyard to see the graves.

At 1pm Richard Parry gave a dramatic reading of Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and at 2pm Vaughan Williams from the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales led a walk around the churchyard looking at the wildlife.

There were quizzes for children.  Outside in the churchyard , plants and cakes were on sale and there was information about the Habitat and Heritage project.  Refreshments were also provided by the stalwart band of volunteers braving the weather.

Inside the church the Parish baptism, marriage and burial registers were available to look at and many visitors took advantage of the opportunity to find out more about their ancestors.

This was a successful day despite the weather and may be repeated in the future.

 

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