The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands (Psalm 19:1)
Ss Simon & Jude, Cockshutt
Currently undergoing a programme of rejuvenation, our Churchyard is a place of peace and tranquillity for both people and wildlife.
Much of the regular maintenance is carried out by the Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) who work come rain or shine; locals help as and when they wish, either individually, in pairs or as part of the Community Gardening days (held throughout the year except Winter).
Already a valuable environment for wildlife, including Barn and Tawny Owls, Bats and Hedgehogs we are working to enrich the area further by developing a wildflower meadow. In addition, there are various mature shrubs and trees some of which, including the two aged Yews which are said to be around 500 years old, are protected by Tree Preservation Orders (TPO’s). Local volunteers monitor the wildlife.
Our oldest grave is dated 1776, the year in which the original Chapelry was Licensed for Burials. In the 1800’s three family memorials were erected; these are now Grade II listed. Additionally, there are two Commonwealth War Graves (WW1 & WW2) and the village War Memorial.
Undisturbed by traffic, the churchyard has become an oasis of peace and a place for quiet reflection where many people take the opportunity to rest on one of several commemorative benches which families and locals have sponsored.
This year, for the first time, we have entered the Best Kept Churchyard competition. Watch this space!
Ss Raphael & Isidore, Petton
Alongside the church which sits proudly on top of the hill the churchyard is a testament to peace, quiet and beautiful views.
It is looked after by volunteers and host to a wonderful display of Snowdrops in Winter and Primroses in Spring. Most of the Yew trees are thought to be around 250 years old but in comparison, the youngest is very young indeed, having been planted for the Millennium. The wrought iron gate leading out of the churchyard commemorates King Edward VII. Among our graves is a WW1 Commonwealth war grave.
We were Highly Commended in the 2018 Best Kept Churchyard competition.
Let us join in celebration for the beauty of each day,
Nature fading, yet renewing, life which never goes away …
Let us join in celebration of the earth that round us lies,
Nature’s promise of tomorrow and the life that never dies.