Dalwood News

St Peter’s has won a “Highly Commended” trophy in the competition run by CPRE Devon

( Campaign for the Protection of Rural England) for the best kept Churchyard. “Thank You” to our brilliant team of volunteers who turn up every 10 days to mow and strim to keep the churchyard looking good. The group of volunteers was started in 2004 by Roy Jarvis and Peter Major , churchwardens at the time, and has continued ever since. This is the first year we have entered the competition and we didn’t know what to expect but the judges came to visit during July and August with the results being published in September. The comments from the judges said :

” The graves were well cared for and mostly laid out in straight lines. The grounds were neat without being overly manicured and with several nice touches throughout the judges felt this was a good entry and a credit to the village.

They noted things like our notices to keep dogs on leads and the welcome notice on the church door and also the fact that the church was open with a burial register readily available. They liked the wild flower area but would suggest we have wildlife havens such as bug hotels etc. dotted about. The judges also liked the “Sympathetic placing of the shed and trailer which add rather than detract from the aesthetic aspect.”

I hope everyone reading this report will find the opportunity to thank the team of volunteers who regularly turn up and work hard to keep this central feature of the village looking so attractive.

The team includes: Peter Major, Alan Reay, Michael Dods, Barry West, Barry Wynn, Bill Scholes, Brian Howard, Tony Drew, Gwynn Rosser, Brian Eddy,Nick Harrison, Peter Grimmett, Stephen Boyes-Lee and Ray Bradley ( Chief coffee maker)