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I have noticed the number of gravestones that have fallen and not been replaced in Warrington cemeteries.

Could not the prison service find some labourers to assist the obviously overworked cemetery staff in restoring these stones and generally tidying up the sites?

Surely such community service is better than prison for a lot of cases so why not give it a go?

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(Sucks teeth) Risk assessment..... Health and Safety..........Security concerns....... More than me jobs worth mate.......etc etc :roll::roll::roll::roll:

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Originally posted by wahl:

I have noticed the number of gravestones that have fallen and not been replaced in Warrington cemeteries.

Could not the prison service find some labourers to assist the obviously overworked cemetery staff in restoring these stones and generally tidying up the sites?

Surely such community service is better than prison for a lot of cases so why not give it a go?

A group of young(ish) lads tidy up St Thomas's graveyard from time to time. I'm sure they are from a young offenders place or similar.

 

They don't re-set the headstones though as that is very specialised and of course expensive :D

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Alf Clemo and Mick Curran used to get involved in this sort of work I think at Manchester Road. Alf was certainly passionate about it.

 

As Asp points out H&S is a big factor in what can and can't be done but I'm sure that the probation service can do some work there as you suggest, they will do a full risk assessment.

 

If my memory serves me well Wahl H&S is one of your areas of expertise as is disaster recovery. Perhaps you could advise a way forward and come up with a cunning plan. :) You may even be the ideal project manager for the project.

 

I don't know anyone there who can give you a Fearnhead Community Breakfast but I'm sure that Rob from Fineprint will give you a brew. He worked with me on the Moor Half Marathon and his company is based at the cemetery gates. I've always toyed with the idea of a fun run through the graveyard to raise money for the work and call it after George Formby.

 

I did stage a Golden George Formby series of running races around Bank Park about 15 years ago so it could be the 2nd one in the series. I remember the Mayoress complaining about all the runners on her lawn as we sipped sherry following the presentation. :D

 

[ 24.11.2007, 06:47: Message edited by: Geoff Settle ]

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