Church of England Diocese of Manchester Newchurch Saint Nicholas with Saint John

Churchyard Project

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 [email protected] The events are free and refreshments will be provided though participants are expected to bring their own lunch (unless otherwise stated):

Dry Stone Walling

This course is being run by Master Dry Stone Waller, Alan Rhodes. Volunteers will learn how to strip down a wall, prepare the foundations and rebuild the wall. Ideally, participants would attend for 2 consecutive days in order to get experience of a range of techniques and skills but this is not essential. There is a maximum of 8 participants per day and bookings will be made on a first come, first serve basis.

This course will be run from 9.30am (for 10am start) until 3.30pm unless otherwise stated on the following days:

Thursday 30th May

Friday 31st May

Thursday 6th June

Friday 7th June

Saturday 8th June

Sunday 9th June 12-4pm

Monday 10th June

Tuesday 11th June

Saturday 15th June

Sunday 16th June 12-4pm

Further dates are planned for later in the summer

“bat walk”

This will take place on 5th August at 8.30pm, using bat detectors.

The next stage of work in the churchyard will be:

     Repairs to the outbuilding in June

     Repair to dangerous graves in July

     Woodland management training will commence in the winter.

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The next stage of the project is the repair of unsafe gravestones. This is major work requiring specialist lifting equipment. It will require the lower part of the graveyard to be closed whilst work is going on. The work is due to begin on 15th July.

Please note that this work is ongoing and involves a lot of people and a lot of planning. We are trying to ensure areas will be “made good” as soon as possible and that disruption is kept to a minimum.


Thank you for all your support and encouragement – we are making a big difference!