Fes­ti­val spirit is recog­nised

Award for ded­i­cated gar­den­ing team

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Steve Bax steve.bax@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A DED­I­CATED team of gar­den­ers who have looked af­ter Ick­en­ham St Giles’ church­yard for 25 years have re­ceived a thank you in the shape of the ‘Swake­leys Shield’.

The cov­eted award is made once ev­ery year to the in­di­vid­ual, cou­ple or team to who­ever, in the opin­ion of the Ick­en­ham Fes­ti­val Com­mit­tee, has shown ‘com­mit­ment to the spirit of the Ick­en­ham Fes­ti­val’.

It is now 30 years since the com­mit­tee was first en­trusted to make the award of the shield which is nor­mally kept in a spe­cial show­case in Ick­en­ham Li­brary.

The Holy Mow­ers as they are af­fec­tion­ately called, are all vol­un­teers who meet ev­ery Tues­day, re­gard­less of the weather, to cut, strim, prune, plant and com­post in and around the hun­dreds of graves which have been in­stalled over the cen­turies.

The Mow­ers are mostly well be­yond re­tire­ment age and de­rive sat­is­fac­tion from work­ing as a team to keep the pris­tine.

Their work is much ap­pre­ci­ated by the public whether they are pass­ing through or just come to en­joy this place of soli­tude.

The award was made by David Ed­ing­ton, chair­man of the Fes­ti­val team.

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n COM­MIT­MENT: Gar­den­ers who have looked af­ter the Ick­en­ham St Giles church­yard for 25 years have been awarded the Swake­leys Shield

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