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Angry residents step in to tidy graveyard

CHILDREN and volunteers angry at the state of a local graveyard have clubbed together and tidied it up themselves.

CHILDREN and volunteers angry at the state of a local graveyard have clubbed together and tidied it up themselves.

The cemetery, which used to belong to St Mary and St Margaret’s Church, had become badly overgrown and was attracting anti-social behaviour.

Eventually fed-up residents decided to do something about it and last week the Castle Bromwich Community Project spent four-days cleaning up.

Terrie Knibb, who set up the group said the cemetery was the final resting place of several war heroes.

“This is something that people have been raising and we decided to do something about it,” she said. “It has been a real community effort.”

Castle Bromwich Lions, the Police and youngsters from the Castle Bromwich Youth Centre helped with the project.

During their four-day stint, volunteers also reconnected the water supply, which had been cut off by vandals

Local campaigner Elizabeth Adams said: “Solihull Council said their only job is to cut the grass. But I contacted the War Graves Commission who have told me the council gets funding to maintain sites like this.”

Councillor Graham Craig, cabinet member for community services, said: “We greatly appreciate the work the Castle Bromwich Community Group are doing. We provide routine maintenance of the whole graveyard.”

 

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