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DEAD CENTRE OF HERONS CREEK TO GAIN A NEW LEASE OF LIFE

 

 Herons Creek Cemetery working bee 21st March 2015

Herons Creek Chapel & friends are putting out a call to the wider community to come and help us at this upcoming working bee.

“Riding on the back of the acclaimed self-drive Heritage & Tourist trails throughout Herons Creek district (stage 1) and the urgent need to continue telling the stories of Herons Creek through the ‘Cedar Way’, the most immediate concern is for our local cemetery” Martin Parish (Pastor & Trail Coordinator) said. “It’s a sacred ground to many families from our district but it’s looking very tired & neglected. A number of families who visit regularly are doing what they can. But they need a hand as a matter of urgency, to breathe in life and pride, and help to preserve such an important community asset”. 

The Chapel with the help of Port Macquarie Hastings Council, is organising a working bee on Saturday March 21st. Starting at 8.30am finishing by 2pm. Morning tea & Bbq will be provided.  They are endeavouring to do a big clean up; removing weeds, trimming grass, cutting & removing dead branches, cleaning gravestones, providing morning tea, cooking a bbq, lunch, are some of the jobs.

Members of Herons Creek Chapel met with representatives of Port Macquarie Hastings Council, on site on Tuesday 18 February to discuss the upcoming Working Bee. Chapel representatives met with Beau Spry (PMHC Place &Facilitator: Heritage & Culture) and Debbie Hesse (Manager of Crematorium & Cemeteries). It was truly a positive meeting. History was shared, grief over the loss of earlier records was aired, with brainstorming on various ideas in making this place more loved, and some of the priorities with our upcoming working bee were discussed. “The representatives from PMHC showed enthusiasm and were encouraged to see a community project that held much value”, Martin said. “This is only a start to our dreams. PMHC representatives encouraged us to see the bigger picture, to share our bucket list for the cemetery. Les & Daphne Latham raised the issue of how to mark un-named grave sites with markers, this would than coincide with a large sign at the beginning of the cemetery. Other ideas were the provision of a shelter (gazebo) and a table. A picnic table would make it easier for families who often visit, to arrange their flowers without the need to bend down and arrange them on the ground, as is happening at the moment. This would also create a space where families could enjoy a cuppa in quiet solitude as they visit.

There were early discussions into the possibilities of placing a heritage listing over the grounds. Members looked into the advantages and disadvantages. Overall, it was felt it would be a worthwhile venture to do later this year as a way of preserving the significant history on the site and its meaning to our district.

Herons Creek Chapel have approached Kendall Mens Shed (what a great group of men doing some amazing community projects) to see if they can build a picnic table for a minimum cost. A slab would need to be laid too.

From Bill Boyd’s bucket list came the wish of an honour roll (a sign) of those enlisted in the Australian Armed Services during all wars including the Boar War - be it locals who either left Herons Creek to join or who settle in our district after the wars. That's a worthwhile project in itself - if you have any information - call Bill Boyd. We do know that there are three Anzac soldiers buried at Herons Creek, another soldier  who fought at the Boar War and at least another dozen or more who have served our country in wars since.

But for now, a big clean-up is needed, and many hands make light work. Many grave sites have deteriorated and need much care. Martin said, “we are endeavouring to assist families in cleaning their ancestor’s headstones where possible. We are encouraging everyone to wear shoes, protective gloves, protective glasses, bring buckets & soft sponges, gardening tools. A foldup picnic chair & a mug is a must.

To tidy up unattended grave sites, permission is required as we wish to work hand in hand with families. It is the committee’s desire to have as many members of families who have loved ones buried there, to join in the clean-up effort”.

 

Les Latham has put it best, in our plea for help, "if you are able to assist and be involved in the clean up or in sharing your loved ones story we would like to hear from you."

Please call and register your interest.
 
Starts 8.30am – 2pm. BBQ provided. 
 
Call Betty & Bill Boyd 6585-7022 or
Daphne & Les Latham 6585-5383
 
 

 Earlier this month we posted this story below

 “Herons Creek Cemetery - a sacred ground to many families from our district.

If you have been to our Cemetery lately,  it’s looking very tired & neglected. A number of families who visit regularly are doing what they can. But they need a hand as a matter of urgency, to breathe life & pride into these sacred grounds.

Our Chapel is organising a working bee on Saturday March 21st. Starting at 8.30am – 2pm. We are endeavouring to do a big clean up - transforming it to a more loved environment.

Yes a big clean up is needed. There are early discussions into looking at an heritage listing over the grounds too, assisting in preserving it.

Lets encourage the community to come together at this upcoming working bee in March to preserve such an important community asset.


 

Come and support our sister town, Wauchope, celebrate 100 years of rail. Friday 10th April to Sunday 19th April, 2015  

WE NEED YOU.

DEAD CENTRE OF HERONS CREEK GAINING NEW LEASE OF LIFE - working bee attempt 2.

 

This Saturday 18th April begins 9am. includes morning tea & BBQ lunch.

Our 1st attempt was it was rainout. Yet with a small group of hard workers much was achieved. Well, This Saturday 18th April beginning at 9am – 2pm, we will try again. But We Need You. Let’s give it a 100 year birthday treat of a new lease of life. Morning tea & BBQ provided for small donation. We have it on good authority that the sun will come out with temperature between 24 -28 C.

WHAT To Bring: wear shoes, protective gloves, protective glasses, a hat, a bucket & soft sponge, gardening tools. A foldup picnic chair & a mug is a must, so is sunscreen & a bottle of water. Most important, bring yourself.

 

 On Saturday 21st March, we held a community working bee. Yes, it was eventually rained out and all work was stopped. But not before much was achieved, and another working bee planned.

 

At the next working bee on Saturday 18 April, we plan to build a permanent shelter /gazebo. This time, we hope for a sunny day. Permission has been granted for us to build a shelter, lay a concrete slab and a place a picnic style table. This table would make it easier for families who often visit, to arrange their flowers without the need to bend down and arrange them on the ground, as is happening at the moment. This would also create a space where families could enjoy a cuppa in quiet solitude as they visit. The shelter would provide relief from rain & sunlight.

 

Our community is raising the funds to cover the cost of the materials needed. We have a number of qualified tradespeople donating their labour to cut and assemble it. This is just one project at the cemetery. There are other plans in the future as we celebrate its 100 year birthday.

 

 

 Last working Bee that was washed out Herons Creek Cemetery working bee 21st March 2015


 

 

Please call and register your interest.
 
Starts 9am – 2pm. BBQ provided. 
 
Call Betty & Bill Boyd 6585-7022 or
Daphne & Les Latham 6585-5383
 
 

 


 

Herons Creek Chapel Newsletter for April - late edition with updates 

Workers weathered the weather

(as reported in the Camden Haven Courier 1st April page 3- with thanks)

A GROUP of dedicated volunteers toiled through showery weather at a recent working bee at Herons Creek cemetery.

Organisers were prepared to postpone the planned maintenance, but when workers arrived with their sleeves rolled up, ready to go, it was decided to press on.

"A handful of Herons Creek Chapel members were there, plus Debbie Crabtree, a former Herons Creek woman, who had a number of relatives buried in the cemetery, and drove up all the way from Port Stephens," said local pastor and Herons Creek Heritage Trail coordinator, Martin Parish.

"She was just a ball of enthusiasm to warm all our hearts, so we decided we would make a start until the rain arrived.

Some good progress was made on the day. A few tired and neglected corners of the cemetery were cleared, and another group washed away years of dust from the timber mill next door.

"The advice from Edstein to wash gravesites with soapy water really did make a transformation, with a fair amount bit of elbow grease," Mr Parish said.

A further working bee has now been scheduled for April 18. In addition to the cleaning and weeding tasks, work will start on the construction of a picnic table and shelter in the newer area of the cemetery, to the right of the entrance.

The project, funded by a $500 Port Macquarie-Hastings Council "My Place is Ace" grant, will provide a significant boost for the facility.

Our working group is blessed to have the assistance of some very generous and talented local tradespeople; people like Martin Hocking, Ron Morris and Geoff Owens, who help us stretch the funding considerably," Mr Parish explained.

Additional support for the clean-up has come in the form of assistance and advice from Council staff, and donations from two local businesses. "Bunnings supplied gloves for the workers and Woolworths provided items for our morning tea and lunch," Mr Parish said.

Anyone interested in lending a helping hand is welcome at the next working bee on Saturday April 18.

"Many hands do make light work," Mr Parish said.

 


 

 

 

 

 

  Call Betty & Bill Boyd 6585-7022 or

Daphne & Les Latham 6585-5383
 
 

 


 

An Astonishing find at Herons Creek cemetery!!

(as reported in the Camden Haven Courier website on Monday 20th & in paper 22nd April (page 3-  again with thanks)

Check out their website for the first reporting

 http://www.camdencourier.com.au/story/3022460/mysterious-find-in-cemetery/?cs=704

An Astonishing find at Herons Creek cemetery!!

A good response to the Herons Creek Cemetery working bee on Saturday 18th April 2015. The weather was perfect this time and much more was achieved. For more of this story just click on the website above.

Here are some photos of the day. This story in the last day has generated a big response. Within the coming days, an update will be posted to our website. Many thanks to those who read the Camden Haven Courier, and responded giving us important information.

For now, make a note in your diary & come to Herons Creek Cemetery on May 2nd.

 

Making Peace with our Forebearers.

 May 2th -   Saturday - Morning tea & Guided tour of Herons Creek Cemetery.

 

Come hear stories of our very own Anzac & Boar war locals & other stories of our settlers families. 

 Starts 10am with a morning tea & BBQ lunch.

 Entry by Donations.

 

 

 

Making Peace with our Forebearers.

May 2th -   Saturday - Morning tea & Guided tour of Herons Creek Cemetery.

Come hear stories of our very own Anzac & Boar war locals & other stories of our settlers families. 

Starts 10am with a morning tea & BBQ lunch.

Entry by Donations.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Call Betty & Bill Boyd 6585-7022 or

Daphne & Les Latham 6585-5383
 
 

 


 

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