Paying back with cemetery tidy up

Community Payback team working at Sutterton Cemetery. Pictured (from left) Coun Liz Thorpe, chairman of Sutterton Parish Council Coun Vinnie Bush, probation service officer Michelle Wilkinson and supervisor David Hardy and Rob Lamb.
Community Payback team working at Sutterton Cemetery. Pictured (from left) Coun Liz Thorpe, chairman of Sutterton Parish Council Coun Vinnie Bush, probation service officer Michelle Wilkinson and supervisor David Hardy and Rob Lamb.

PRIDE has been restored to a neglected area of Sutterton Cemetery thanks to the efforts of offenders on unpaid work orders.

Ivy has been cut back from graves, trees and shrubs have been pruned and a general winter tidy up has taken place at the Station Road site this week as offenders carry out court-imposed Community Payback orders.

Chairman of the parish council Vinny Bush paid tribute to an ‘enthusiastic’ team of workers.

“Sutterton village appreciates the work that the community team is undertaking in the village,” he said.

Coun Liz Thorpe of Sutterton Parish Council arranged for the team’s visit and Coun Bush passed on his thanks to her also.

The work, supervised by Lincolnshire Probation Trust, has had such an impact a villager has donated a table and chairs to the cemetery so visitors can sit and reflect on lost loved ones.

Coun Bush said: “We are fortunate that there is a good community feel here.”

More work from the Community Payback team is expected elsewhere in the village.

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