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Man Cleans & Transforms Grave Memorials During Lockdown
« on: Tuesday 28 April 20 20:46 BST (UK) »
https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-family-use-lockdown-to-clean-gravestones-11979632

I have recently come across this interesting article about a man who (with the help of his family and permission from a local vicar) has been cleaning up grave stones.

Looking at the photos shown, what a transformation he has brought about!  If I was a descendant of one of the inscribed I would be so grateful and what a contribution to local history!

Several months before lockdown, I had signed up with Find A Grave and had been trying to contribute to local history too by taking photos of memorials at my local cemeteries and putting them up on the site.  I have sometimes come across this type of gravestone and have thought how sad it is that the inscription has been lost.   So I think it is a very kind thing which this man (and his family) are doing.

Sadly, I have since given up as going to cemeteries to take photos for Find A Grave as it doesn't seem to come under the remit of the lockdown.  (Albeit the man in the article is going to a Churchyard ???).  Sometimes it is puzzling to know what might or might not be permitted.
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Re: Man Cleans & Transforms Grave Memorials During Lockdown
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 28 April 20 21:34 BST (UK) »
I did see that, wonderful job.  I believe it was done under the "daily exercise" criteria.
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Re: Man Cleans & Transforms Grave Memorials During Lockdown
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 28 April 20 21:49 BST (UK) »
They look fantastic, what a great job.

I read an article some years ago about old gravestones and what to do if there's ivy covering them etc. It was quite a long article, certainly made me aware that I shouldn't pull at plants covering them, they need more gentle treatment. After that I'd just gently move it slightly to read inscriptions, making sure that I didn't pull at any that was attached. Haven't visited any graves for a few years, something else to do when we're allowed.  :)
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