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Project to brighten St Mary's Churchyard launched

Wednesday, 12th November 2014.

An exciting project to revitalise St Marys Churchyard in Haverhill now has planning permission and Diocesan approval to go ahead and work is already under way.

Haverhill In Bloom has been working in partnership with St Edmundsbury Borough Council, local school students, Haverhill History Group, property owners around the churchyard and, of course St Mary’s Church to create a pleasant open space for the enjoyment of shoppers, visitors to the town and for weddings at the church.

Already the old grave headstones have been recovered from the undergrowth, cleaned and re-erected along the back and side walls of the churchyard and vegetation will shortly be cleared to make way for planting in the new year.

In addition new lights will be installed along the path around the churchyard making it safe and attractive to walk round in the evenings.

To provide added interest pictures depicting the history of the town painted by local school pupils will be placed in the window alcoves on the back wall of the churchyard by kind permission of Christopher Gurteen.

These pictures are artistic representations of photographs from the History Society’s extensive photograph archives.

Apart from brightening up an otherwise dull wall this could be used by local schools for outdoor history lessons with scenes dating back as far as 1862 to the erection of the Spirit of Enterprise and the arrival of the Olympic Torch in Haverhill.

The idea for revitalisation of the churchyard came from Haverhill In Bloom with the borough council project-managing and funding work on the repositioning of the grave headstones as part of their responsibility for closed churchyards.

The project is also supported by grants from Habverhill Town Council, ONE Haverhill and Haverhill In Bloom which will be used for landscaping and lighting the area.

When finished this will be a successful partnership across the community to be enjoyed by all.

The project will be launched on Friday, November 21, from 10am to 2.30pm in St Mary’s Church when all the artwork will be on display and information on the background to the project will be available. This launch is open to everyone.

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