The Churchyard at St. Peter's is a place of peace and tranquillity for many.
Maintenance of the churchyard is the responsibility of St. Peter's PCC, with no financial support from the Diocese or the Local Council.
For many years, the work was carried out by members of the Church, on a purely voluntary basis, but it became an increasingly difficult task.
In 1989, it was decided by the PCC to bring in professional skills and to help to pay for this service, local residents, along with relatives and friends whose loved ones are buried in the churchyard or whose ashes are interred in the Garden of Remembrance, were approached for some financial support by way of yearly donations.
The St. Peter's Churchyard Fund was established, enabling us to employ regular help in keeping the grass and gardens tidy.
Contractors have now been engaged to ensure that the churchyard is maintained to the required standard. The annual cost is in excess of £4,500 - if you wish to contribute, please print off and fill in a Donation Form, or contact the Churchyard Fund Co-ordinator:
May we remind you that if you are a taxpayer, by simply ticking the Gift Aid Declaration on the Donation Form. St. Peter's will receive an additional 28p for every pound donated - with no extra cost to you!
A Memorial Wall for the new Millennium
To mark the new Millennium, a Memorial Wall was built by St. Peter's, in the South West corner of the Garden of Remembrance. This Memorial Wall was dedicated by the Bishop of Barking in January 2000.
The wall, 9 metres in length and 1.25 metres high, is in the form of a right angle with splayed corner incorporating a memorial panel. Constructed in selected brick with stone capping and waist course, recessed panels will accommodate 400 black finished cast bronze individual memorial plaques. A stone paved area surrounds the wall with limited facilities for cut flowers. The existing grass area for the internment of ashes and flower beds have been extended. The Garden of Remembrance Memorial Wall is a memorial for those whose ashes are interred in the Garden of Remembrance. A specimen plaque is available for inspection. A plaque costs £50 (including the inscription, postage and packing, and fixing).
St. Peter's raised £8,424 locally through generous donations, a Gift Day, concerts (featuring the New Redbridge Wind Orchestra, Ted Heath and Friends, and Claire London), and an Auction of Gifts and Promises. We received a welcome grant from London-over-the-Border, a diocesan-based charitable funding body, and a grant of £5,000 from Lafarge Redland through the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme. The Scheme re-allocates tax levied on the landfill operator, who in turn is able to sponsor projects near the site. Lafarge Redland is involved in the current sand and gravel extraction on Fairlop Plain within the parish of St. Peter.