News - Photos of Throop Church Grounds Clear Up

NEW - 20th August 2012 // UPDATED - 24th August 2012 // UPDATED - 3rd September 2012 // UPDATED - 14th November 2012

UPDATE - 14th November 2012

Photos of Throop United Reformed Church, Manse and Graveyard - November 2012

Photos of the clearance of the overgrowth to the Manse and cutting / maintaining the church yard.

Throop United Reformed Church and Manse Photos November 2012 1, Throop, Bournemouth
Throop United Reformed Church and Manse Photos November 2012 2, Throop, Bournemouth
Throop United Reformed Church and Manse Photos November 2012 3, Throop, Bournemouth
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Throop United Reformed Church and Manse Photos November 2012 8, Throop, Bournemouth
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Throop United Reformed Church and Manse Photos November 2012 10, Throop, Bournemouth
Throop United Reformed Church and Manse Photos November 2012 11, Throop, Bournemouth
Throop United Reformed Church and Manse Photos November 2012 12, Throop, Bournemouth
UPDATE - 3rd September 2012

E-mail from Councillor Ron Whittaker to Letters at Bournemouth Daily Echo
1st September 2012
Photos of Today's Throop Church Grounds Clear Up

Throop Church Clear Up Photo 12, Throop, Bournemouth

Rear Church Yard showing the amount of growth

Sir,

Having had a short reply from Synod Moderator for United Reformed Church, after the echo feature on the 22nd August, regarding the unkempt and overgrown state of both the former church and adjoining Manse at Throop, with countless emails over the past two months, now informed, telling me that "the property issues and security and regular upkeep of the grounds are now in hand". How many times have we been told this, we were assured by THE Executive officer for the United Reformed Church that contractors were due on site Monday 20th, yes two men showed up, done some work but have not been seen since.

This is like the assurances we received in March, that the agents appointed would be visiting on a weekly basis to ensure the grounds are kept in a reasonable tidy manner", what happened then, yes nothing, just like this week-end check with two residents and Ken Mantock, Chairman of the Civic Society, who I add paid out £114 for the required equipment for the community action day on the 17th, which had member helping from the Bournemouth United Reformed Church, like so many local families who have loved ones buried in the church yard, are appalled at the lack of "care" and behaviour of the church authorities when over past two years they have had many informed request regarding the need for upkeep of the grounds.

Councillor Ron Whittaker
Cllr for Throop/Muscliff ward [41 years]
35. Glenmeadows Drive, Bournemouth BH10 5HQ

PHOTOS SHOW THE AREA OF THE REAR CHURCH YARD CUT AND THE AMOUNT OF GROWTH. THAT HAD TAKEN OVER THE WHOLE CHURCH YARD

UPDATE - 24th August 2012

Bournemouth Echo Article - August 2012

NEW - 20th August 2012

E-mail from Councillor Ron Whittaker to Gill Nichol - Press and Media Officer, United Reformed Church
18th August 2012
Photos of Today's Throop Church Grounds Clear Up

Gill.

Further to my email of 15th Aug setting out some of the background to the state of both Throop United Reformed Church and adjoining Manse, the picture taken below by the chairman of the Bournemouth Civic Society and one once our Chairman of the Planning Board, Ken Mantock.

On Friday, together with myself and former minster Alan Clarredge, who was minister at the church until it closed and served 20 years, Roy Hayward, who has family members buried in the church yard, former Councillor Elaine Cooper and one of the elders from her own Bournemouth United Reformed Church, local resident and members from the Civic Society spent some five hours cutting / clearing as best we could, the whole rear church yard grave area, where Ken hired all the equipment [Cost £114, where he has the receipts].

Throop Church Clear Up Photo 11, Throop, Bournemouth

I can tell you it was extremely hard work, the undergrowth was in places over four feet height and had totally covered many of the head stone completely by brambles etc.

You had a very detail email from Richard Lane on the 14th, setting out very clearly how strong Richard felt as to how the existing trust one presumes under Stuart Maclean has really taken no notice of the endless and yes ongoing communications that I have made over the past two years plus, much being directed to the Agents [Goadsby] who have been appointed by the trust, I hold over some 50 plus communications, especially in 2010 when told then of the plans for the church and Manse, all of which I know you are aware of from my previous emails.

The pictures clearly show how bad the overgrowth was, although we have cleared as best we could, it now needs regular maintenance [which we have been promised on so many occasions] by contractors to cut even closer the surrounding grass area, as my email mentioned we were told in March that the "Grounds are to be kept in a reasonable tidy manner", to which surprise nothing ever happened.

I would kindly please request that the pictures taken and some others I intend to send onto you regarding the appalling state of the grounds and Manse buildings taken last year, if these could be sent onto the Wessex Synod and General Secretary's office at Church House.

Meantime many thanks, all I hope is the work put in on Friday is not going to be one that in weeks we might have to repeat.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

Throop Church Clear Up Photo 1, Throop, Bournemouth
Throop Church Clear Up Photo 2, Throop, Bournemouth
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