The primroses, snowdrops and crocuses are all in bloom down in the churchyard, so it must be that time of year again! If you can’t get down there to see them, why not take a look at them on our website where they are featured?  The King Alfred Daffodils planted last autumn near the bird feed area are in bloom! We wait with anticipation for new tenants of some very desirable bird boxes fitted in this area last year, to take up residence! Daffodils donated by Judith and planted near to the Annexe are providing a beautiful show of colour!

This month we plan to hold 2 Springtime Clear-Up Days on Saturday 16th March and Saturday 23rd March.  It will by now (hopefully) be beginning to warm up. The strong winds have brought down some heavy boughs and branches and after the ravages of the winter months the churchyard is looking a little untidy.  There are a host of tasks that you can choose to do to suit your varying ability and energy levels.

On Saturday 16th March we will be concentrating on tidying the front and side borders of the church. The lavender planted on the front west wall has become leggy with age and needs to be removed and the ground prepared for replanting a new dwarf variety. Plenty of grass cutting, hedge clipping, border and path weeding on that day!

 On Saturday 23rd March. Work on clearing and tidying the east boundary in conjunction with our neighbour, continues. We need to cut back any regrowth in this area. It is hoped that by the end of this year, that the dilapidated Victorian railings that are fallen and broken along this boundary will be removed the bank landscaped and old railings replaced in a similar fashion to the work carried out on the north and south boundaries in previous years.

There are logs and fallen tree branches to be cut up and burnt for those who want a more vigorous work out! For those of a more-delicate disposition, task-priority will be given to clearing fallen branches, debris and litter from across the churchyard and graves that has accumulated over the winter months. This will make our churchyard look much tidier and remove potential trip hazards for those using the churchyard and its pathways. Please wear stout footwear and dress warmly and appropriately for our unpredictable weather!

Volunteers can come and go as you wish, but work commences at 9 a.m. and finishes at 12.00.  Refreshments will be served in the church annexe.

If you are interested and would like further details, contact Robin Gosden on 754110 or e-mail churchyard@christchurchtotland.org.uk directly or via our website www.christchuchtotland.org.uk. If all else fails, just turn up on the day at a time that suits you between 9 and 12……. We will be pleased to see you!