Garden spruce-up


GREEN-FINGERED youngsters helped spruce up a garden area at a cemetery.

Children from Throston and St Aidan’s C of E Primary School, in Hartlepool, went along to help volunteers from the Friends of Stranton Cemetery group carry out some planting around the Inspirations Cafe in the cemetery.

The Friends of Stranton Cemetery aims to raise awareness of the site, help ensure it remains a peaceful environment and keep crime to an absolute minimum.

Susan Connor, chairman of the group, said: “As well as doing a great job on that day, they also planted extra herbs to take back to school to grow and in July pupils from both schools came back to plant again, this time in much better weather.

“Macey Fleetham-Reid and Daniel Lupton, both from Throston Primary School, came on both occasions and along with their classmates showed what green fingers they have, as well as taking the opportunity to eat some of the specially prepared biscuits Inspirations staff had prepared for them.”

Over the coming months group members have organised a series of events.

On Wednesday, October 30, between 10am and noon, Beautiful Bulbs and Autumn Clean Up will be taking place with the help of the countryside team.

Members will be planting bulbs to provide a splash of colour to the Cemetery for next spring.

On Saturday, November 16, between 1pm and 2.30pm, there will be a Stranton Cemetery Historic Headstones walk.

This is a short, easy access walk with Steve Robbins and the Friends of Stranton Cemetery.

Finally, on Thursday, December 12 at 5pm, the annual concert of remembrance will take place.

This is a chance for people to go along and remember friends and family members at Christmas.

Anyone interested in getting involved should book a place by calling (01429) 853325 or email