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Happy New Year 2019
Our thanks to all of you who worked so hard to make all the events that we attended last year such a great success - we really appreciate being invited. We rounded off 2018 with fundraising stalls at two events. The first was the Ramsey Christmas Lights Switch-on: it's always a treat to be invited to be part of this and to see so many happy people having such a good time and this year we had dry weather, which is always a bonus. Our second outing was to the WI Craft Fair at Ramsey Library - how nice it was to be inside and in the warmth!
For several years now, Swearers Funeral Service has held a Christmas memorial service at St. Thomas a' Becket church, and we were pleased to be able to help again. The choir were in splendid voice as usual, and they really deserved the applause they received. During the service every year a Christmas tree of remembrance is lit and the names of departed loved ones are read out, each one having their name attached to the tree. It is very moving and very special. In his address the Reverend Canon Richard Darmody said that how important it is to remember people and to speak their names; in doing so we help keep them as part of us and ensure they are not forgotten.
In a way this is part of what we are trying to archive at the Heritage and Archive Centre. Nikki Lisle and Community Payback and volunteer Geoff Potts continue to do an amazing job of clearing and uncovering the resting places of local people that have unfortunately lain neglected for many years. One such grave that has been uncovered is that of Marjorie Mabel Walker, who sadly was only four days old when she died on November 26th 1952. Although we are sure that her family has never forgotten her, she is now recorded in our archive, allowing future generations to speak her name.
This year we are determined to continue with the restoration of the chapels and would very much like to use local craftsmen where possible. The chapels are grade 2 listed and if you have experience working on this type of building, especially with lime mortar and plaster, then please contact us.
We wish you all a very happy and peaceful New Year and thank you all for your kindness and support - it's very much appreciated by us all.