Visitors to the churchyard in recent weeks have been treated to a wonderful show of daffodils. Yesterday, as part of our new management plan, a group of volunteers was back in the churchyard thinking about next spring and planting an array of bulbs in the green. We don’t expect them to do much if anything this year, but we hope they will add a splash of welcome colour to the spring of 2022.
The conditions were much better than the cold and wet weekend last October when we planted the daffodils and crocuses that are just finishing flowering. We have now planted 1,000 snowdrops across the banks running to the side of the path south of the church. We have put 250 bluebells in amongst the trees, along with more wild garlic to supplement what is already there. 250 each of aconites and wood anemones have been planted along the path leading from the church towards the Old Rectory. Many thanks to the small but stalwart team that turned out in the morning to get the job done, and thanks too to everyone who came along later ready to join in but who were no longer needed. Better that way round than having not enough people and lots of bulbs unplanted!
The eagle-eyed may also have noticed that we have been making changes to the new handrail, which has been installed from the main gate up to the level area south of the chancel.
The scrolled finials have been made for us by blacksmith Maurice Gill from Walmer. Maurice has been working on repairing the door furniture on the north door. He suggested that the starkly utilitarian ends initially installed could be replaced with something rather more pleasing to the eye, and in keeping with our ancient church. We are delighted to agree that he was right!