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People discover the history of the community at Halifax church open day

First published on: 10th May 2023

Christ Church in Pellon, Halifax hosted an open to provide residents the chance to discover the history of the community at Christ Church and plans for the future.

Back in January 2022 the church graveyard at Christ Church Mount Pellon, most of the 2,226 graves (with 8,500 residents), were completely covered in 6ft of thick brambles.

A group of volunteers from the church and community, along with the help of a £500 grant for gardening equipment from the Calderdale Ward Forum Grant, transformed an overgrown graveyard into a memorial park fit for heroes.

During the open day there were more than 150 visitors from the community and a dozen bikers from Castleford of the Crusaders Forces Support Group MCC.

David Ramanauskas, a member of the church, led three guided tours of the graveyard and church.

David also led a service of remembrance at the graveside of seven soldiers, along with Captain John Hogg from the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment Association.

Also in attendance were two buglers and a standard-bearer from the Yorkshire Volunteers Corps of Drums.

Inside the church were a number of exhibition stands with more information on those who were laid to rest in the church grounds.

Refreshments of tea, coffee cakes and biscuits were provided for free, and the donations of £436 will go towards the upkeep and transformation of the graveyard.

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