Grave discovery by clean-up crew

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A GROUP of volunteers have unearthed gravestones belonging to two families.

Friends of St Matthew’s churchyard were clearing an overgrown section of the Lightcliffe churchyard of nettles and brambles, near to the entrance of Till Carr Lane, when they came across the graves.

Angela Monaghan, who set up the group, said: “It was quite exciting when we unearthed, literally, some gravestones that had obviously been covered for some time. They belonged to the Sugden and Wilkinson families.”

This is the second working party in a bid to clear up the churchyard which has become overgrown in recent years.

The group also offered headstone rubbing for children led by local resident John Brooke.

Angela said there was a good turnout again and they were lucky with the weather.

The Living Churchyards project (part of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust) has started on a survey of the churchyard. “Two volunteers, Tony Street and Julian Roberts, are recording all the species of plants, birds and wildlife they find and advising on how is best to proceed,” said Angela.

The group’s constitution and the management plan for the churchyard is being drawn up by the steering group.