Friends' work in the churchyard and church
A survey of the churchyard was quickly undertaken and a restoration plan, which
identified the scrub to be removed, was presented to and approved by The Venerable
John Beer, Archdeacon of Huntingdon on 15th November 2000.
Work began on 23rd November 2000 since when the church has been cleared of scrub
which was enveloping and damaging the building and was spreading across the
churchyard. Most of the work was done by hand but a blackthorn thicket on the
unburied south western corner of the churchyard was removed by with the help of a JCB
and driver kindly supplied by AgReserves Ltd of Manor Farm, Wood Walton. Removed
scrub was stored, then burnt in the south western corner of the churchyard.
When post Christmas snow prevented outside work the Friends' efforts were
concentrated on cleaning out the worst of the debris and dirt from inside the
building. By working in short sessions the initial clean up was eventually completed
by mid January. Loose wall and floor tiles and other displaced pieces of masonry were
salvaged and safely stored, it is to be hoped for re-fixing. In the period to mid
January 2001 ten Friends had volunteered their skills and equipment to the Group’s
activities and between them have collectively contributed in excess of 180 man-hours
of labour to the cause.