7th March 2014: Many people do not know that in the closed churchyard, adjacent to the south side of the church (the part with the War Memorial), there is a large cross shape on the ground, edged in stone.
At the top of the cross it says “In Remembrance”.
As part of the church’s 925 celebrations and WWI Commemorations it has been decided to clear the debris away and plant a wildflower garden with an emphasis on poppies. Roger and Sue Sharp have the work in hand.
It is thought that the cross may have been created when that part of the churchyard was ‘cleared’ and the gravestones moved to the edge.
No one at the church can remember this area when it had gravestones so it is likely that it was ‘cleared’ before WWII. But does anyone know when it was cleared?
Click on the picture below (thanks Pol for remembering it!) for a larger image or click here to download a high resolution image. The photo is courtesy of Tutbury Museum.
Points to note:
It is post 1921 because the War Memorial is there.
The cross appears to be quite new and the surroundings well maintained
None of today’s trees, shrubs or bushes are there
There appear to be four benches to sit on (were they on grass or mounted on stone?)
The path appears to be lined with ? young trees, or ??.
11th March 2014: After the 10:00 am Service on Palm Sunday, the Palm Sunday Walk will leave St. Mary’s Priory Church at 11:30 am.
The procession, led by not 1 but 3 donkeys, will visit seven past and present places of worship.
The circular walk should take about an hour and refreshments will be available at St. Mary’s afterwards.
All are Welcome!
For futher details contact jane at nuth.me.uk
17th March 2014: A new page has been added to the website listing the events of Tutbury St. Mary’s 925 celebrations - read all about it here and come and join us!
HMS Pinafore, Trial by Jury & Soup and Pudding
20 Jan 2014: The Friends have organised a further two events for your enjoyment - the annual Soup and Pudding evening at the Village Hall and tickets for Burton Operatic’s performance of HMS Pinafore and Trial by Jury at De Ferrers school. Click on the links for details and booking forms.