Programme of Activities

St Nicholas Church and Valley Heritage have been working on a programme of activities which are to be carried out over the coming months as part of the Churchyard project which has been funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Booking is essential as numbers for these events are limited. Please book online via the church website or Facebook page or by phoning Rev Penny on 01706 211 122 or emailing The events are free and refreshments will be provided though participants are expected to bring their own lunch (unless otherwise stated):

Stones: Rawsons, Bury are due to begin repair work to at least 8 of the most severely problematic graves in July. The lower part of the churchyard will be closed off during this time for safety.

Heritage: The next meeting for those undertaking heritage research around the churchyard is on 10th July at 2pm. All are welcome. We will be bringing together material to display for the Heritage Open Days in September.

Outbuilding: A survey has been conducted on the outbuilding. The door has been secured and fixed. We are following up plans for the repointing of the building and for renewing the guttering to make this a usable base for ongoing work in the churchyard.

Wildlife Survey: John Lamb from Lancashire Wildlife Trust has conducted the 1st of 3 surveys and has recorded 103 species of trees, shrubs, ferns, grasses and wildflowers. Church members, local residents and school children will receive a survey to complete and hand in to take part. We will then look at how we can conserve and encourage native species in the churchyard by how we mow and maintain the space, planting and restricted areas.

First Aid Training: A second 1st Aid Training course is being offered on Friday 26th July at 10am-4pm, lunch provided. This is an ideal opportunity to learn or be reminded of the basics and you will gain a certificate qualification which last for 3 years.

Bat Walks: These will be led by Lizzi Pimlott, senior ecologist at TEP (The Environment Partnership) She will bring detectors and give an introduction to the bats and their habits. The first walk is on Tues 2nd July and is fully booked. The next will be on Mon 5th August at 8.30pm – if you would like to book a place please phone Penny on 01706 211 122.

Dry Stone Walling:Under the guidance of Alan Rhodes, Master Dry Stone Waller, a section of the wall at the bottom of the churchyard has been rebuilt by volunteers. They have done a stunning job and we are hugely grateful. Many of the volunteers are members of the local community who have found out about our project and got involved. Huge thanks to them!

new wall 

 If we are able to clear more of the site of the wall it is possible that more of the wall will be rebuilt later in the year.

Churchyard Team: Volunteers will be sought for the smaller jobs, e.g. clearing areas, removing saplings, planting bulbs, tidying graves. This will be part of the ongoing maintenance of the churchyard. Woodland management training will be part of this.






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