We have now had to repair the side gate on three occasions due to vandalism. This has even made an article in the St Austell Voice covering all the damage that we have endured over the past year or so. It is not great to see our village in the paper for the wrong reasons. As a result of all the recent damage to the Cemetery the Parish Council will be installing CCTV. We hope that this will dramatically reduce the amount of problems that occur in this area.
We would like to ask you all to bear with us and remind visitors that we are operating opening hours at the moment 9.00am to 5.00pm Mon-Sat and 10.00am – 4.00pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays. This is to reduce the risk of people congregating in the area of an evening. We ask that you observe the social distancing and to stay 2m apart. The Parish Council are not disinfecting the seating or the gates within the Cemetery and do not wish to see seats covered in hazard tape, they are still available for those who need them. However, please ensure that you use a suitable hand sanitizer as soon as practical when leaving the Cemetery grounds. The Cemetery will continue to close for maintenance every two weeks to ensure that both the public and the contractors are kept as safe as possible. July closing dates are the 2nd, 14th and 28th. Please keep an eye on our website and social media pages as these dates may be altered occasionally.
The Cemetery Tidy day that was planned for the 1st August 2020 has become the latest Parish Council event to be postponed because of Covid-19. We still hope to run this event but due to the current pandemic we have decided to postpone this until the Autumn.
The Cemetery Tidy Day may have been cancelled but plans are still underway to help the Environment. The Parish Council made a decision earlier this year to join the campaign for reducing the use of plastic by phasing out its use within the burial ground, we hope you will support us with this decision to help to reduce the long term detrimental effects that plastic has on our Environment. Plastic has a tendency to become brittle and break apart over time leaving small deposits throughout the area, these deposits stay within the ground and cause contamination of the land, we want to move towards more natural materials that are friendly to our environment. We are currently looking at alternative water containers to start the campaign (even though the current ones are re-cycled) if you have any sensible ideas of what can be practically used as an alternative please let us know. Our goal is to phase out the use of plastic by April 2021, for this we will need your help as we want to include with this project will include plastic flowers, fencing etc. So, join us and make a difference by removing any plastic items and replacing them with a more environmentally friendly alternative before next April. It may seem like a small gesture, but it is a start, and every journey starts with the first small step. We do realise that some items placed as tributes, there will not be an alternative and such items may be allowed to remain at the discretion of the Parish Council, please check with the office before placing any new plastic items within the burial grounds. Further information and guidance can be found in St Dennis Cemetery Regulations