the great people of Radcliffe get together.
Thank you to the Radcliffe Litter Pickers (especially Leslie Stott who was the cameraman and took this great video), for answering our prayers and recently coming down and helping join those from St Mary's congregation start the work on making our churchyard look great again.
Plus we have had a great deal of help from a local gardener who is affectionately known as the 'strimming fairy' who pops into the churchyard unannounced whenever they get chance, to keep on top of things for us.
When a bequest that had been left to fund the churchyard upkeep had run out and the money was not there for church funds to pay for it and with a small aged congregation, the upkeep had become an issue a few years ago. People were commenting on the state of the churchyard but up till now we just didn't have the help to do this, there was no funds available from anywhere and it had become embarrassing. Add onto this the year that we've just had and not being able to open and collect even our normal church funds, it felt like we were just never going to get anything sorted.
So when the Radcliffe Litter Pickers agreed to come and help along with the Strimming fairy, it felt like the sun was peaking out from behind the dark skies.
For those of you that have visited since, I'm sure you'll agree they have done a wonderful job and we are committed to keep up with this great start by being out there in the churchyard on the first Sunday of every month (weather permitting) from now on with anyone that wants to join us.
So if you are looking to make new friends and can help with a community project, there are jobs for all abilities and we would love to see you for any time you can spare on any month.
Watch the video below to see what happen on the day some good people came to St Mary's.
Reverend Jeffrey Clawson who has joined us at St Mary's Church and STSJ as our Interum Minister. He has certainly landed with a bump given what is happening locally and with the UK but we are so
very excited to have him join us and offer him a warm Radcliffe welcome.
Radcliffe Parish Church of St Mary
St Thomas & St John
St Philips Community Centre
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