CHURCH YARDS AND VISITORS AT PARKEND
Thank you to those who have started grass mowing in St Paul's churchyard. It would seem that this regular mowing helps the many types of fungi we see in the autumn.
A new prayer walk will be in Parkend as part of our FestivALL celebration.
Recently I met with the chairman of the Forest of Dean Branch of the Gloucestershire Family History Society who have completed their survey of memorials in the Lych Gate and current churchyards. Also, many, if not all of the memorials in the church have been recorded. Details of the churchyard memorials will be available from the group at a later date. They will acknowledge the work that Geoff Waygood and Ida Bond completed on the memorials in the old churchyard.
With better days we are getting more visitors to both churches looking for family graves, so the surveys will be a useful resource. Recently, one family had found graves but then asked me if anyone in the local area could help them with some family history. Their grandmother was Gladys Butson who married Reginald Kemp in 1923. She was sister to Brau Butson who lived at Mount Pleasant. They would be grateful if anyone in Parkend knows anymore about the family. If you do know anything could you please contact me and I will pass information on.
Trish Ducker Churchwarden