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Photographs from the St Denis churchyard tidy-up,
14 August 2011

A fine morning allowed 13 willing volunteers to rake up the very long grass in the churchyard, strim around the church and the gravestones and cut back the brambles encroaching from the hedgerow .  Many thanks to Carole Cooper for taking these photographs.

St Denis tidy-up, August 2011

▲  Hard at work raking up the long grass cut the previous afternoon: Nicola Jenkins, Becky Fisher, John Lanchbery and Alan Pinney, who strimmed away all the nettles around the church. 

  Allen Miller, Sarah Brennan and Becky Fisher.

St Denis tidy-up, August 2011

   John O'Sullivan took charge of cutting back the brambles and blackthorn..

St Denis tidy-up, August 2011

  Nicola Jenkins and Alan Pinney hard at it...

St Denis tidy-up, August 2011

  ... as were young William Drake (background left), Peter Mann, Libby Frost and Becky Fisher who had just loaded lots of grass on the trailer behind the mower.

St Denis tidy-up, August 2011

  Lawrence Drake and Libby Frost.

St Denis tidy-up, August 2011

 Lawrence Drake.

St Denis tidy-up, August 2011

 Lawrence Drake, Libby Frost, Sarah Brennan, Becky Fisher and Joyce Denby.

St Denis tidy-up, August 2011

 Lawrence Drake, Libby Frost, Alan Pinney and Sarah Brennan.

St Denis tidy-up, August 2011

  Allen Miller, Becky Fisher,Sarah Brennan, Peter Mann and Lawrence Drake.

St Denis tidy-up, August 2011

  Joyce Denby bending....

St Denis tidy-up, August 2011

  ... and raking.

St Denis tidy-up, August 2011

  Nearly finished....

St Denis tidy-up, August 2011

  .... Nicola Jenkins carrying away the last of the grass while Sarah Brennan does a final rake-up...

St Denis tidy-up, August 2011

  .... and Allen Miller takes his barrow, rake and clippers back home – thanks to Carole Cooper, who cleared the foliage flopping onto the path, it was easier than when we arrived.


Our thanks to the following who gave their time and energy to rake up the very long grass in the churchyard, strim around the church and the gravestones and cut back the brambles encroaching from the hedgerow:

Sarah Brennan
Carole Cooper
Joyce Denby
Lawrence Drake
William Drake
Becky Fisher
Libby Frost
Nicola Jenkins
John Lanchbery
Peter Mann
Allen Miller
Alan Pinney
John O'Sullivan

...and to Sebastian Kindersley for letting us use his land to put the piles of grass cuttings.

As usual when doing the work, some interesting wildlife was spotted – read about them on the Churches page.

Taizé service at St Denis, 7 September 2011.

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