Friday, 8 August 2014

Nothing Lasts Forever

Website Launch

It's been a long and hard year of work but the task to catalogue our old and crumbling cemetery is nearing completion. For those of you who have expressed an interest in the project, please visit the official Project Website at Jewish-Gilroes It helps to explain why I've not been around much on the Bloggersphere recently.

Nothing lasts forever. This photograph shows some of the older stones as they were last year. Sadly, since then, even more stones in this part of the cemetery have become unsafe. Every time we go to the cemetery we see that the Council have erected more and more orange netting. It surrounds the dangerous stones; the ones that are crumbling or have succumbed to subsidence.

I know that even the Internet and Websites don't last forever but I hope that we've preserved something; the images of the graves, information about the people buried there. It's all on the Website for future generations.

This has been a really worthwhile project and I'm extremely grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for all their support but I can't wait to get back to writing something frivolous, something purely fictional. I think I can feel one of my ditty-style poems coming on!


10 comments:

  1. Well done. It will be an invaluable resource. One of our cemeteries was built on a former mine and is now unsafe for families to visit the gravestones. A similar project has managed to catalogue all the gravestones for posterity.

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  2. what a project and thanks for sharing your progress and the history. Wow - huge accomplishment and one that will be cherished in the future, as folks look to your work for answers.
    And yes - a summer frolic poem is needed! Take care

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  3. So glad you've had such a stimulating time - and yes, it does feel like ditty-time!

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  4. Hi Ros - so many congratulations ... the website looks just amazing and I'll be over to spend some time looking around - but my initial thoughts - were you've all done an amazing job - so pleased for you ...

    Have a relaxing weekend and time ahead .. once things settle down!

    Cheers Hilary

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  5. I read a few of the pages and can well understand why you've been so busy recently. A fascinating website. Looking forward to the ditty! ~Miriam

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  6. Hi Ros, I will also be over to look at the website. I find it very sad that these cemeteries are deteriorating and in an ideal world would wish for some funds to maintain and even restore them. They are so much part of our history. What a wonderful project, but I can also imagine you find it time for something frivolous. As Hilary says, you've done an amazing job, so time to relax!

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  7. I think that is such a wonderful thing you and your friends have accomplished. Congratulations, I will check out the site.

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  8. What a wonderful thing to do. I'm sure many families are grateful. I will pop over to your website.

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  9. Recently went to see my grandfather's grave, and then spent a long time walking back to the car looking at the other grave markers and wondering about the names I came across. I love the idea that such information is lost in your local community and wish something similar was over here.

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  10. As you stated on the other blog - how true that old cemeteries are full of long forgotten stories. It is a nice tribute that you saved the info for everyone now and in the future. We have an old family cemetery where a lot of the graves are only known my field stones with no names and sunken areas - so sad. I got permanent granite stones for my grandparents and two of their children, so family in the future would not have to guess as to where they are.

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