A group of Saanich volunteers is preparing a spring cleaning for one of Victoria’s oldest church burial grounds. St. Luke’s Churchyard is the final resting place of many Cedar Hill, Lake Hill and Gordon Head pioneers along with other early setters to the area.
The first recorded internment at St. Luke’s was in 1886, although there were likely unrecorded burials that took place before that.
Help is needed with cleaning headstones, weeding and cleaning the grave sites. Volunteers are asked to come out to the churchyard cemetery, located at 3821 Cedar Hill Cross Rd., Saturday, April 16 from 9 to 11:30 a.m.
Participants are asked to bring gloves, pruners, clippers, hoes and scrapers. Water is available for cleaning monumental markers, but volunteers are asked to bring their own bucket and scrub brush. Refreshments will be served.
Community cleanups will be held on the third Saturday of the month from 9 to 11:30 a.m. through to August. For more information, visit www.stlukesvictoria.ca or call 250-477-6741.