Developers hand cash boost to Bardney Cemetery Fund

Margaret Sankey and David Newton, managing director of Chestun Homes
Margaret Sankey and David Newton, managing director of Chestun Homes

A community initiative set up to help improve and maintain Bardney Cemetery has been given a boost by Chestnut Homes.

The developer has donated £1,000 to the Bardney Cemetery Improvement Fund and has pledged to make a donation for the same amount every year while it is building new homes in the village.

The fund was set up in 2014 by local resident Margaret Sankey with the support of Bardney Parish Council.

The initiative will fund extra maintenance jobs such as tidying unkempt graves and kerbs, as well as pruning the trees and bushes and repainting seating within the grounds.

It will also pay for toppling and flattened gravestones to be reinstated when there are no known family members able to do so.

Bardney cemetery is located off Horncastle Road, near to Chestnut Homes’ Manor Farm development.

David Newton, Managing Director of Chestnut Homes, said: “When Margaret Sankey contacted us to tell us more about the Cemetery Improvement Fund, we were more than happy to give our backing to this worthwhile community initiative.

“The cemetery is an important part of Bardney and its ongoing maintenance and care is key for the village, and for the family and friends of those interred there.

“I hope that our annual donation while we are on site at Manor Farm will provide funding for all kinds of maintenance jobs which will help keep Bardney cemetery looking its best.”

Mrs Sankey said: “Every parishioner deserves a village to be proud of and Bardney should be no exception. I felt that my knowledge and expertise would be put to best use in improving the cemetery to ensure it looks cared for at all times.

“I am immensely grateful for the support and encouragement I have received from the village and the financial boost from Chestnut Homes was the icing on the cake.

“Their funding has already made a big difference to the cemetery and has enabled us to start our programme of refurbishment.

“Their on-going support has also enabled us to make plans for the future.”

Chestnut Homes has been building homes throughout Lincolnshire since 1988.

Based in Langworth, near Lincoln, the firm employs 60 people across the county and supports hundreds of contractor jobs in addition.