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Yardley Wood pensioner slams state of cemetery

A poorly pensioner plunged into a sunken burial spot when he visited an old cemetery

A poorly pensioner plunged into a sunken burial spot when he visited an old cemetery.

John Bartlett fell four foot into a depressed grave in the grounds of Christ Church in School Road, Yardley Wood. The disabled father-of-two, who has only one working kidney and has undergone a colostomy, said he could have broken his leg.

“The grave had sunk about four feet,” he said. “Some graves have collapsed and it’s very dangerous. Some headstones are smashed, there are high weeds and dogs foul everywhere.

“This should be a sacred place but it’s far from it. The cemetery has fallen into disrepair. Everyone’s complaining about it but nothing gets done. It’s a disgrace.”

The 77-year-old was visiting the graves of his parents and grandparents when he was hurt. But the condition of the churchyard was defended by the Venerable Hayward Osborne, Archdeacon of Birmingham. He said a team of fundraisers worked tirelessly to maintain the grounds, owned by the Diocese of Birmingham.

“Fundraisers do their best to look after it and spent £5,000 on it last year. It’s a massive proposition.”

 

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