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The Friends of St Matthew’s Churchyard are holding a working party for St Matthew’s Churchyard restoration project on Sunday 23 April, 2pm to 4pm.
Jobs will include clearing around graves, cutting grass and generally tidying up!… Any help will be much appreciated.
The group will provide equipment but gloves are advisable.
St Matthew’s Church, Wakefield Road, Lightcliffe, Halifax, HX3 8TH (opposite the Sun Inn)
Please meet by the tower opposite to the Sun Inn on Wakefield Road.
Ian Philp, Chairman of the Friends of St Matthew’s Churchyard (Hipperholme & Lightcliffe) visited the Men United at Ovenden Park Group on Wednesday 14 September to give a talk and presentation about the continued work carried out by himself and the Friends of Group who volunteer in order to restore the graveyard at Lightcliffe Churchyard to its original state.
The group was first set up in 2012 with the aims of ensuring the churchyard is cared for in a way which makes it a place in keeping with the function of burials, with an atmosphere of respect and commemoration for the departed, a pleasant, attractive place for all visitors, a haven for wildlife and a place that values and protects local heritage.
After 3 years of hard work there are now records for 11,279 burials on the site which can be searched through at lightcliffechurchyard.org.uk where you can also keep up to date with the latest news from the Friends of St Matthew’s Churchyard or make a donation to support their continued work if you wish to do so.
The Men United Group were intrigued to hear about some of the people of interest buried there, particularly the chest tomb of Mary Guest whose son Lieutenant General Joshua Guest 1660 – 1747 is buried in Westminster Abbey where a monument was erected to him by his widow Sarah who is also buried near her husband in the Abbey.
Lieutenant General Joshua Guest was in Scotland in 1715 – 16, and commanded a party of dragoons which pursued and overthrew Jacobite fugitives at Perth 21 January 1716. The Lockhart Papers give a story, claimed to be direct from Guest, relating to the period of the Spanish invasion of Scotland in 1719… read more here…
Men United would like to thank Ian Philp for visiting to give such a captivating talk and the group are now planning on visiting the graveyard at Lightcliffe Churchyard to have a look around and hear some more of the history surrounding the grounds.
Join Men United every Wednesday from 10am to 12noon at Halifax RUFC, Ovenden Park, Keighley Road, Halifax, HX2 8AR – Just £2 per week (First session FREE)… Find out more here…
You can also message the group on Facebook here
Hundreds of thousands of dog owners could be fined for failing to microchip their pets by tomorrow
Over one million dogs have not yet been microchipped, more than one in eight dogs out of the UK’s estimated canine population, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said.
From Wednesday 6 April, dog owners MUST make sure their pet is fitted with a microchip by the time it is eight weeks old, or face a fine of up to £500.
If a dog becomes lost or gets stolen and is picked up by a local authority or a shelter, the microchip can be scanned and matched to contact details stored on a database.
Charities such as the Dogs Trust, some local councils and some vets will microchip dogs for free.
Pets at Home also have an offer on microchipping your dog for just £10 until Friday 15 April 2016 (subject to availability).
Please remember that your waste and recycling collections will be one day later through Easter week
Usual collection day: Collection day will be:
Easter Monday 28 March Tuesday 29 March
Tuesday 29 March Wednesday 30 March
Wednesday 30 March Thursday 31 March
Thursday 31 March Friday 1 April
Friday 1 April Saturday 2 April
Collections should be back to your usual scheduled day by Monday 4 April 2016
St. Matthew’s, Lightcliffe will once again play host to a feast of top class music when Royal Northern College of Music graduates, Juliet Montgomery and Aiden Edwards, return to sing some of the best-loved numbers from our favourite musicals.
On Saturday 17 October – From 7.30pm
They will be supported by The Northowram Singers, and accompanied by a superb musical ensemble, led by musical director Rob Paxman.
Tickets cost £7 in advance, £8 on the door, and are available from Colin’s News, Hipperholme and the Lightcliffe Tea Rooms, Lightcliffe or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
All proceeds go to The Friends of St. Matthew’s Churchyard.