Work in progress on the latest area of strip garden for the Commonwealth War Graves on the edge of Section GL (Roman Catholic Section). Photos show the special equipment used to carefully raise and move the old slate headstones to allow the ground to be prepared for laying to lawn and creating a suitable flower bed.
Later the bed will be planted to include Trumpeter roses bushes, as can be seen already in other parts of the cemetery. The Trumpeter rose is a beautiful vivid red and each bush continues to produce flowers well into the autumn.
The Friends of Ford Park Annual Carol Service was held on Thursday evening. The event is always well supported and the Victorian Chapel was at capacity. The congregation was in great voice, accompanied by organist Paul Whitell. A regular feature of the event is the attendance of a local primary school choir and this year we were entertained by the children of Marine Academy Primary who sang five songs including a beautiful rendition of "Somewhere Only We Know".
The choir were tutored once again by our favourite Choirmaster Kingsley Clennel-White. Special thanks must go to Reverend Trevor White who stood in at the last minute to save the day as Reverend Andrew Day was unwell. After the service the congregation was invited to join us in the Visitor Centre for refreshments provided by Sue and Mike Rapson.
The Friends of Ford Park Cemetery Trust Wreath Workshop. Wreaths for sale £10, £15, £20 and Crosses £25. Buy direct or orders taken telephone number: 01752 665442 from now until the 19th December 2017. Come and visit our lovely cemetery and see us in action.
The annual Ford Park Cemetery Christmas Fayre was again a great success and enjoyed by visitors and volunteers alike.The funds raised are a great help to the cemetery.
The Visitors Centre provided cakes, preserves, chocolate tombola and jewelry with the cafe providing much needed refreshments and pasties. The Chapel hosted an excellent range of books and bric-a-brac. The new Northey Room, situated behind the Visitors Centre, was full of crafts such as knitted scarves, toys etc and our annual range of affordable and beautiful Xmas wreaths.
Thanks go to our wonderful volunteers and the people who supported us on the day. We managed to raise over £1,121.56 on this event.
Volunteers from the Trust have just finished a week running the coffee bar at Harewood House, Plympton, selling not only teas and coffees, but also hand-made sandwiches, home-made cakes and bric-a-brac. Their hard work has been rewarded by making a profit of just over £500.