Glebe Notes October 2016


Barton Woodland Burial Ground Newsletter

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Time for Remembrance?

Remembrance Sunday & Christmas are always a time to remember people we have lost. As you may know, we are lenient with poppies and crosses around 11th November and in the two weeks leading up to the festive season, wreaths may be laid at Barton until the New Year.

We have been thinking; should we hold our own Remembrance event next year in mid December? This could involve candlelight in some (safe) form: lanterns, some readings, some live music but not necessarily a carol service, and mulled wine and mince pies.

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Inspiration has come from colleagues in Lincolnshire who regularly hold a candlelit vigil at their woodland site. So what do people think? A good idea? Let me know in the comments below!

Hilary Jackson, Administrator

ps. Hope you've had a vibrant autumn. Colours are everywhere, lots of glowing hips, haws & berries. Sloes too!

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What's been going on?

The main ride groundworks were completed in May and a green haze is showing. 28 funerals in North Glebe since it opened means it has been well trampled down by hearse traffic.

All the signs are now in place in the North Glebe, including one opposite the the stile. Quite a lot of walkers come this way so I thought it worth a reminder about cleaning up after your dog.

Local champion John Boocock, responsible for fitting the gate to the overflow parking, and the bespoke stile in the North Glebe is now a Trustee. His knowledge and skills are many and varied, and so he is a great asset to the Trust.

There is a wonderful group of chaps who drop in on Wednesdays for a tea and chat. Over the last year they have also done a few jobs for us too. Should you see the 'Bramble Boys' chopping back their namesakes, do say hello.

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Rosie Hospital Bereavement Support

I thought that readers of the newsletter might be interested to know that we occasionally help families through the loss of a baby.

Miscarriages are much more common than most people realise; it can happen in as many as 1 in 4 pregnancies with most losses occurring within the first 12 weeks. There is a wonderful team of bereavement midwives at the Rosie that provide direct support and guidance on these occasions.

A tiny bamboo pouch that is used for the burial.

A tiny bamboo pouch that is used for the burial.

If the family choose to, the baby may be buried with us at Barton. Often a hospital chaplain meets the family for a private interment and one of our team will be on hand to provide whatever backup is required. We do not charge.

Sadly there are more than 50 babies with us, but not in one designated area. Most are in groups of two or three in various quiet corners or amongst our beautiful trees.

Some have memorial plaques, some not, but parents tell us how reassuring it is to know their baby will be in our lovely, calm and peaceful environment.

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July's open event

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The date is usually setearly in the year so that I can announce it in my April newsletter. However, planning what was to happen this time was right at the last minute. I had considered some live music but everyone was booked up. 'Hey ho, then', I thought. Tea and cake for 50 should do it! But I was wrong!

Despite not advertising, just the newsletter announcement and a mention on the website, we had about 100 people!

And Barbara showed enormous dedication by whizzing home to make more delicious scones. And they all went too!

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Diocesan Office,
Bishop Woodford House,
Barton Road,

Phone: 01223 303874
Fax: 01353 652745

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Meet the team every Wednesday!

Barbara Segrave, Sophie Gourley and Hilary Jackson are at Barton every Wednesday.

Drop by any time between 10am and 2pm.

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Rabbits Again

Many of you will know of ongoing battle we have with the rabbits and their holes, and holes in certain graves over and over again.

Our handy person is taking it personally now so his latest approach is to fill major holes with chunks of breeze block and other building materials before making good the surface. We'll see how this works.

You may also have seen various solar powered gadgets like this one. I bought 2 of them last year to trial. Ours are marked white on the side 'AT' but there are a number of others around that families have placed. I do wonder if these creatures get used to the high pitched sounds and flashes of light...

Are we fighting a losing battle? and so just have to accept the holes? Probably... But I have given shooting permission to two local people. It might help if the person who often leaves carrots might stop doing so too!

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