‘Friends’ create Peace Garden

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HARD work and a lot of determination has brought a spot of peace to a town’s cemetery.

Friends of Wombwell Cemetery have turned an old, vandalised chapel in to a tranquil peace garden.

Their project was celebrated this week when the Mayor of Barnsley officially opened the site.

Chairman of the ‘Friends’ Mike Bretton explained how a pair of Grade ll listed chapels had become overgrown.

The volunteers’ group decided in this, their tenth year , they would celebrate their achievements with a Peace Garden which contains four donated steel benches, two planters that were formerly a wooden barrel and a piece of donated marble, to which are affixed a number of memorial plaques, all paid for by citizens of Wombwell.

Mike added: “Like most of our other efforts over the years the Peace Garden, that is open to the public from 8am to 4pm, is the result of all sections of the community working together to move mountains. This includes our volunteers, councillors and council officials as well as the public at large.”

Last year the Friends just missed out on cash from ITV People’s Millions, but they were undeterred. In 2006 the group was presented with the Queen’s award for Voluntary Service for their work in protecting and preserving the cemetery.

Now they hope to turn the remaining chapel in to a community centre and are seeking funding to enable this to come about.