A ‘Teddy Bear Zip Wire Descent and Picnic’ event is being held at St Mary’s Church Chirk, near Wrexham on Saturday 2Oth June (12.30pm to 3pm) to celebrate National Cherishing Churchyard Week. (Slightly later than the advertised Cherishing Churchyards Week Sat 6th June to Sun 14th June)
This Family Fun Day will see brave teddies plummeting from the church tower at Chirk, encouraged by their proud owners who will enjoy a picnic in the churchyard after the thrilling entertainment. Hopefully there will be no injuries!
Caring for God’s Acre, the charity dedicated to the conservation of burial sites of all kinds promotes National Cherishing Churchyards Week each year and helps people to organise events which celebrate these special places at the heart of our communities.
Events on offer around the country range from guided tours, trails and quizzes to churchyard Wildflower Open Days. St Chad’s, Far Headingley in Yorkshire has a day of activities on Saturday 13th June, including a guided walk lead by geologist Dr John Varker. At the other end of the country at St Laurence-in-Thanet, Ramsgate in Kent has a guided tour of this historic churchyard; resting place of royalty on Saturday 6th June. St. Martin’s, Flixton, Manchester has a ‘Bug Hunt’ on the 6th June.
In Wales at Meifod churchyard, Powys there are guided tours and children’s trails. Cemeteries are also celebrating – Bath Natural History Society has a walk around Smallcombe Garden Cemetery to look at the amazing biodiversity. To see all the week’s events go to http://www.caringforgodsacre.org.uk/index.php/cherishing-churchyards-week/cherishing-churchyards-week-events.html
The website has a wealth of information in support of Cherishing Churchyards Week such as a suggested list of activities for young people, how to attract volunteers, health and safety and the special Cherishing Churchyards Week Logo.
‘There’s no better way of involving people, young and old, than through events with a difference such as those you an put on during this special week,’ said Andrea Gilpin, Cherishing Churchyards Week Coordinator
Cherishing Churchyards Week is supported by CfGA’s Heritage Lottery (HLF) funded National Project, which is working its way across England and Wales running conferences and training events in fifteen different regions.