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 Tomorrow is the last Work Party for the year . Should we have sufficient people turning up for voluntary cleaning of the graves then we should be able to put to bed all our major tasks we set ourselves in September last year. 

We just cannot believe how much we have actually achieved in a relatively short period of time. 

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Bush Cleared

 Massive improvement at Clumber. All the invasive thorn and wattle has been cut on the Common. The branches are lying in clumps awaiting drying out before being burnt. All the tree trunks and stumps have been sprayed to prevent future spreading. The Church is now totally visible on the approach road.

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 Great excitement as our programme of events for our 150th Anniversary Celebrations are put into print. These are in poster form, size A3 and need to be put on display through the area - Kenton on Sea, Grahamstown, Port Alfred, Bathurst, etc.

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 Our contractor moved onto site today to clear the common of invasive thorn and wattle. I extended the brief by asking them to leave indigenous bush and clear thorn and wattle from the bottom cemetery access gate to the river.

Once this is done, the area will look superb. We took photos today in preparation for a 'before' and 'after' entry once the job is complete.

Pruned the hydrangeas at the Church as well and gave them a good soaking of water. Remarkably they are sending out buds despite being highly stressed because of the drought. I just hope that the pruning will not set them back in the current dry conditions we are experiencing

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 Some Clumber people attended the Service at Rokeby Park on Sunday. What a beautiful little Church it is too. I would estimate that it can only hold about 30 people so it is a warm and intimate space. Beautiful organ playing too added to the enjoyment of the Service. The Church is lovingly maintained as evidenced by the neat interior and sparkling wooden floors and it has a line of 3 antique Miller Paraffin Lamps hanging above the aisle.

Thank you for the welcome Anne Harris.

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Shirley Bradfield with the Clumber hydrangeas in full bloom

 We have just returned from Clumber where we have seen a sad and sorry sight - the hydrangeas which Granville Bradfield planted decades ago, are on the verge of dying due to the drought. I have never, ever, seen these plants in such a sorry state. Normally standing above waste high, their leaves are curled and brown.

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 We start in earnest to seek sponsorship for our programme brochure for the 150 year Celebration in October. Lynn Galbraith who is heading up the promotional aspects for this week end will be approaching foundations and businesses from this week on. Should you have suggestions we would love to hear from you. Please use our contact form on this site to do so.

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 What a great day we had on Sunday , a larger than usual congregation listening to a superb message from Rev Kalipa, followed by Holy Communion

That was followed by a tea which was followed by a Braai with bring and share salads. During this time we discussed what needed to be done for our 150th Celebrations in October. What was really impressive was the willingness to take on the tasks which are needed to make this time a special one for all. We can confidently say that the weekend events that are planned a very special indeed and that we are on track and on schedule.

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