Volunteers Les Grant and Ray Lett at the last St. Luke’s cemetary cleanup. (Contributed photo)

Join St. Luke’s cemetery cleanup on July 22

The St. Luke’s cemetery committee is in need of extra helping hands

The St. Luke’s cemetery committee is in need of extra helping hands the morning of July 22 at their community cleanup.

On the fourth Saturday of each summer month, the cemetery holds a community cleanup from 8:30 until 11 a.m. to tidy the historic churchyard, one of the oldest burial grounds in Greater Victoria.

Many residents’ parents, grandparents and great-grandparents rest at St. Luke’s, as well as some notable local figures including Cedar Hill, Lake Hill and Gordon Head pioneers.

Members on-hand will weed, remove moss, wash headstones and perform other regular maintenance duties.

Committee member Barb Prescott says there’s something available for everyone to do, and, as the saying goes, “many hands make light work.”

“We want to make it look well cared for and well-loved,” said Prescott.

Those interested in joining are invited to bring weeding tools, hoes, gloves, wash buckets and other similar garden tools, though the committee does have tools available to borrow.

“We make it into a bit of a social time, too. We often have tea and coffee, water and cookies, so people can stop and chat a bit,” Prescott said, adding that the cleanup is also a good opportunity to explore St. Luke’s Anglican Church, a historic structure constructed in 1888.

Join the St. Luke’s cemetery cleanup crew July 22 at 8:30 a.m. on the corner of Cedar Hill and Cedar Hill Cross Road.

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