Volunteers needed in Courtenay for St. Andrew’s Cemetery cleanup

It’s that time of year again: time to fight back Mother Nature at our pioneer cemetery. St. Andrew’s is a beautiful, serene resting place of many of our earliest settlers, as well as many military veterans.

The cemetery is the home to woodland meadows and many protected Gary Oaks. Because of this natural setting, it is important to keep weeds and invasive plants at bay to prevent the graves from being overgrown and hidden.

We invite everyone in the community, especially the families and descendants of pioneers and military veterans, to come help with the annual fall cleanup at St. Andrew’s cemetery on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. till noon. Refreshments will be provided.

The cemetery is located behind St. Andrew’s Anglican Church at the corner of N. Island Hwy and Dingwall Road.

Bring work gloves, a rake, water, a hat and wear some sunscreen and work clothes.

If you are interested in helping us maintain and preserve the cemetery, St. Andrew’s Cemetery has an “Adopt a Plot Program” where groups or individuals can sign up to maintain a plot or block in the cemetery. For more information, please call St. John the Divine Church 250-334-4331 or email patmos@shaw.ca or visit our website www.sjtdcourtenay.ca.

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