“CARING FOR GOD’S ACRE” – PARISH CEMETERY RAMBLETTES – ST MARGARET’S CHURCH – SATURDAY JUNE 5 AND SATURDAY JUNE 12 2021 – 11AM TO 1PM [MEET AT THE PLOUGH IN IFIELD VILLAGE]

Caring for God’s Acre – Churches Count on Nature

‘Love Your Burial Ground Week’

Saturday 5th June – Sunday 13th June 2021

Parish Cemetery Ramblettes – St Margaret’s Church, Ifield

 

St Margaret’s Parish Church and Cemetery
“The Lychgate” – ‘Caring for God’s Acre’ Quarterly

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MAY 6 2021 – “THE LYCHGATE” – QUARTERLY MAGAZINE FOR ‘CARING FOR GOD’S ACRE’ – PROTECTING WILDLIFE – PRESERVING HERITAGE – INVOLVING PEOPLE

 

 

Register for ‘Churches Count on Nature 2021’

Churches Count on Nature runs as part of Caring for God’s Acre’s ‘Love Your Burial Ground Week’ from Saturday 5th June – Sunday 13th June 2021.
We are asking churches to use the week as a springboard to start recording the wildlife within their churchyards.

So, if you fancy running a wildlife spotting event in Love Your Burial Ground Week then please fill out the form below or download a copy here and we will send you a link to a page where you can download various resources.

Read the frequently asked questions about Churches Count on Nature here.

We look forward to hearing what you have discovered in your local churchyard!

Churchyards are often ideal paces for social distancing, even if you have to control the number of people coming in at any one time.  We are all hoping that by June we will be able to meet up outdoors, although we recognise it may have to be in small numbers.  For up-to-date government Covid-19 secure advice please visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus for activities in England and gov.wales/coronavirus for Wales.

Please register your activities or event using the form below or download a copy here. You should get an autoreply to your registration email containing our logo which you can use in your publicity – please check your spam folder if this does not arrive. Don’t forget to visit our resources page to help you with planning your activity.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Register Your Churches Count on Nature Activities, as part of

Love Your Burial Ground Week – Saturday 5th June – Sunday 13th June 2021

Register your Burial Ground activity here so we can add your details to our listings:

1. Saturday June 5 2021 – ‘History & Heritage’ Cemetery Ramblette – A short walk around the ancient parish churchyard – 11am to 1pm [meet outside the Plough in Ifield Village]

Notable local people or families interred
Styles of headstones and unusual inscriptions
‘Disreputable’ / ‘Colourful’ local people interred [may not have headstones]
Church characters like the rectors, vicars, sextons, church clerks and churchwardens.
Epic local events such as disease epidemics that caused frequent burials in a short time.

2. Saturday June 12 2021 – ‘Home to Nature’ Cemetery Ramblette – A short walk around the ancient parish churchyard – 11am to 1pm [meet outside the Plough in Ifield Village]

Wildlife
Birds
Nests
Animals
Trees
Flowers
Plants

Insects – Butterflies, Moths,

Fungi

 

Would you like us to send you paperback copies of our Starter Guide to Recording Wildlife?

We would also really like to receive short video clips of your event or open day in full swing – taken from a mobile phone and no more than 30 seconds in length. We will be putting together a compilation of video clips into a short film to highlight the week. If you would like your activity/burial ground to feature in it, send us up to 30 seconds of footage – it could just be footage of nature – to wildlife@cfga.org.uk

If your church or group is active on social media, please use the hashtag #LoveYourBurialGroundWeek or #ChurchesCountOnNature so we can follow your activities and share them!

MAKE SURE YOU GET PERMISSION FROM INDIVIDUALS, PARENTS OR CARERS IF ANY PHOTOS OR VIDEOS CONTAIN PEOPLE – if children are featured, get a parent or guardian to sign to indicate agreement.

(Optional) Send us a photograph of your burial ground to add to your listing on the Caring for God’s Acre website. Upload a photo of your burial ground where the activity is taking place (20mb max, jpg or jpeg):

Do you agree to Caring for God’s Acre, A Rocha, the Church in Wales and the Church of England Environmental Programme storing your church name and location on a list of participating churches.

 

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Resources for Love Your Burial Ground Week (including Churches Count on Nature Activities)

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Resources for Love Your Burial Ground Week (including Churches Count on Nature Activities)

Please visit this page to register your activity to celebrate Love Your Burial Ground Week. We hope you’ll have a great time whatever you choose to do! We have put together various downloads which may be useful and encourage everyone, young and old to get involved.

Please pay attention to the COVID restrictions and remember that social distancing is still important.

RECORDING FORM

This simple recording form (PDF) can be used to give your activity attendees and encourage them to record any wildlife, plants, trees, flowers etc they see on their visit. Send the results to wildlife@cfga.org.uk and we will upload them onto the NBN Atlas, where they will eventually appear .

HEALTH & SAFETY/RISK ASSESSMENT

This sheet gives guidelines on health and safety, first aid, first aid kits and on doing a risk assessment when running an event or volunteer work party. It is the responsibility of burial ground managers to consider the safety of the whole site for the casual visitor. These guidelines are for groups running an event or work party as part of a conservation project.

THINGS TO DO IN BURIAL GROUNDS

This sheet explains how burial grounds can be excellent places for education, learning and enjoyable activities. Nestled in the heart of communities, they can be used as outdoor classrooms, full of natural, local and social history.

ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN

Children love burial grounds. From the unusual markings on the graves to the wildlife around and about, there is plenty to see and do. We’ve included some of our children’s resources here in case you need a bit of inspiration for something to occupy them.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions regarding Churches Count on Nature, a new initiative between Caring for God’s Acre, the Church of England, the Church in Wales and A Rocha.

WATCH THE LOVE YOUR BURIAL GROUND MINI-FILM

 

Dear Richard W. Symonds,

Thank you for submitting the details of your burial ground’s activities for Love Your Burial Ground/Churches Count on Nature Week. We are really looking forward to seeing what’s going on all around the country and we will be adding your details to our website which will list them all by county.

In the meantime, we have set up a page here https://www.caringforgodsacre.org.uk/resources-for-love-your-burial-ground-churches-count-on-nature-week/ where you can download various useful resources which will help you with planning and on the day itself. Do please visit it and take advantage of all the great free downloads we can offer.

If you would like to use our logos on your publicity material you can download them here – click the link and when the page opens up, right-click on the image and choose ‘save image as’ to save to your downloads folder or your desktop.
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On the day or week of your activity it would be lovely if you would take some photos or a video on your phone and send it to us via email to wildlife@cfga.org.uk so that we can update your listing with pictures of the activity taking place.

Many thanks for your interest and let us know if we can advise you in any way – email wildlife@cfga.org.uk.

Kind regards,

The CfGA Team


This e-mail was sent from a contact form on Caring For God’s Acre (https://www.caringforgodsacre.org.uk)

CARING FOR GOD’S ACRE ‘LOVE YOUR BURIAL GROUND’ WEEK [SATURDAY 5TH JUNE – SUNDAY 13TH JUNE 2021] – INCORPORATING CHURCH COUNT ON NATURE

“PROTECTING AND REJUVENATING THESE BEAUTIFUL HAVENS OF TRANQUILLITY, HERITAGE AND WILDLIFE”

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