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Churchyard danger plea

Posted on December 31 2017 at 1:33:49

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A village church is hoping to contact the descendants of people whose memorials have become unsafe in its graveyard.

The problems with the 19th century memorials were highlighted in a recent inspection at St Laurence Church, Alvechurch, and under Ministry of Justice rules the parochial church council has to do all it can to contact the descendants.

The first memorial is a large stone cross for Joseph King, 1871, formerly of Queensland, “who died suddenly at his residence, Rowley House”. It also marks the death of his wife, Mary, aged 81, in Bournemouth in 1905.

The second memorial is the tomb of John and Elizabeth Manghan, of Barnt Green, and an adjoining grave.

A PCC spokesman told The Village:  ‘Maintenance of memorials is first and foremost the responsibility of families, and so we would encourage any descendants or anyone who is in touch with descendants to contact the church office as soon as possible.

“If no descendants make contact by the end of March 2018, the church will need to take sole responsibility for making the memorials safe, after obtaining permission from the Diocese of Worcester.

“If any memorials become acutely unsafe, the church reserves the right to take remedial action to ensure the safety of visitors and the public.”

Any descendants can contact the church office on 0121 447 7955 or by email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Above: The John and Elizabeth Manghan memorial, where a tree is growing through collapsing railings, and adjoining tomb.

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