Church’s new-look memorial garden

Community payback team have built a memorial garden at Christ Church, Pellon. Andy Hemingway, Barry Kitchen, Philip Stevenson, Julie Thorton and Mick Malone
Community payback team have built a memorial garden at Christ Church, Pellon. Andy Hemingway, Barry Kitchen, Philip Stevenson, Julie Thorton and Mick Malone

A CHURCH memorial has a new look thanks to the Community Payback team.

Throughout the summer a group have been working at Christ Church at Mount Pellon, Halifax, to create a garden of remembrance.

The existing garden had fallen into disrepair but up to seven workers spent 28 days completing almost 1,000 hours of work. Their hours added up to £6,000 in terms of labour.

Phil Stevenson supervised the team who dug out tree roots, created a walled area so families have somewhere to put the urns of their loved ones.

Julie Thornton from West Yorkshire Probation Service said: “The positive feedback on the work undertaken impressed a local engineering firm who donated handrails to improve access for diabled people. Marshalls also contributed materials used in the restoration work.”

Barry Kitchen, from the church, said: “It’s made a large difference. They’ve done an excellent job and everybody is very satisfied.”

A plaque is also to be erected in the garden.