The cemetery next to the Heritage Centre was a hive of activity as a team of volunteers led by Matthew Guerin of South Wales Fire and Rescue tackled an overgrown jungle last Saturday.
This was part of a number of coordinated activities undertaken across the UK during Arson Awareness week to minimise and manage fire risk, so that young people who may be drawn to play with matches may learn to understand the dangers and keep themselves and their communities safe.
This successful event brought together the local youth club, Town Council, Community Support Officers, Heritage Centre, Probation Service, and St Peter’s Church, with grateful support from GOS Engineering and Tesco’s to highlight the forgotten landscapes of cemeteries can become a target for arson, just as much as the surrounding hills and everyone needs to work together to STOP ARSON.
The day also exposed the plight of many old graveyards and Rev’d Rufus Noy said "St Peter’s cemetery is steeped in history because it is Blaenavon’s heritage and it is really sad to see it neglected. It belongs to the town and a long term solution needs to be found by the whole community to maintain it and the volunteers today have done a wonderful job".
Posted on: Friday 5th June 2015