Canowindra residents called on to help with cemetery clean up

Canowindra Proud's Tommy Jeffs after planting flowers in the barrels along the main street. Photo supplied.
Canowindra Proud's Tommy Jeffs after planting flowers in the barrels along the main street. Photo supplied.

Canowindra residents are being called on to help out with a cemetery clean up this Sunday, October 18.

The cemetery clean up comes after work was done by Canowindra Proud, an initiative of the Canowindra Lions Club, to tidy up parts of the main street and the town's surrounds.

Lions member Tommy Jeffs said Cabonne Council does a great job but staffing is limited so the group has been lending a hand.

"We're just trying to get more things done... we're getting out there a bit more," he said.

"I started doing the barrels in the main street with flowers... we are doing that twice a year.

"In the main street, everyone takes pride in their shops so we're cleaning the footpaths.

"Where the Swinging Bridge is, we've tidied all that up, that was a bit untidy and then I got the council to do the roads on the other side. We fixed the lights over there."

Tommy said the cemetery clean up was the next project for the group after he was contacted about the state of the facility.

"I thought that would pull everybody together because everybody's got somebody up there," he said.

"Everybody's concerned because it's really untidy up there and there's smashed gravestones up there, there's loose gravestones.

"We just want to clean it up, basically to take pride in it."

Tommy said Cabonne Council have come on board and will take care of the lawns, while the Lions Club will be providing a barbecue lunch and drinks.

Jobs will include painting the rotunda, cleaning up the columbarium and maintenance work around the graves.

"We are encouraging anybody who is interested to come up and give us a hand," Tommy said.

"If we get 30 or 40 people, we can get it done... And it's not going to cost anybody anything, all it is if you can spare a couple of hours on Sunday afternoon.

"Bring your rakes, your shovels, your whipper snippers, your wheelbarrows and your trucks and let's do a big spruce up of the Canowindra Cemetery so it's something we can be proud of."