St Denis’ churchyard tidy-up

17 volunteers cut and cleared it on 4th August


Happy volunteers at the St Denis' church East Hatley, Cambridgeshire, churchyard tidy-up on 4th August 2019.

By Nicola Jenkins

Many hands made lighter work!

A fantastic turnout of 17 volunteers at St Denis’ churchyard worked hard on Sunday morning, 4 August, to mow the grass, rake and clear away the cuttings and tidy the graves.

Hero of the day was Steve Greenhalgh, who quickly mastered the complexities and vibrating nature of our scissor mower at the St Denis' church East Hatley, Cambridgeshire, churchyard tidy-up on 4th August 2019.

Hero of the day was Steve Greenhalgh, who quickly mastered the complexities and vibrating nature of the ‘St Denis’ scissor mower.

The weather was kind, the helpers enthusiastic and the team spirit great.  Click on the link at the bottom of the page for our picture gallery.

Peter Mann (despite having mild pneumonia) gave us a good start with some prior mowing and strimming – but the real hero of the day was Steve Greenhalgh who, having gone around grass close to the church with his lawn mower, then completed all the mowing of the long grass with our ‘St Denis’ scissor mower (some call it a ‘scythe’ mower), much to the dismay of the dancing butterflies.

Although self-propelled, the ‘St Denis’ mower produces a fair amount of vibration and still needs quite a push to get it through the long grass – so well done and thank you, Steve.

The 17 volunteers included two children, who magically appeared at about the same time as the Jaffa cakes and Joyce’s plums – but then gave outstanding help raking up the grass.

Thank you ever so much to everyone who came and helped – you made a daunting task seem not nearly so arduous.

Click here for our St Denis’ churchyard tidy-up picture gallery, August 2019.

Post created 6th August 2019.