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Residents view new artwork for the churchyard

Monday, 24th November 2014.

Residents had the chance on Friday to see what the new-look St Mary's Churchyard will be like when it is completed in the spring.

Brightly-coloured artwork from various schools in Haverhill and surrounding villages was on display, which will be inserted into the blocked-up window spaces around the churchyard.

Each panel is created in response to a photograph of an event or building in Haverhill, some dating back a hundred years while others, like the 2012 Olympic Torch visit, much more recent.

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 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.

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.

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 Haverhill Town Council, ONE Haverhill and Haverhill In Bloom which will be used for landscaping and lighting the area.

The project was launched in the church on Friday and there was a good turnout of interested visitors to view the proposals.

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