The Contract is finally signed!

The contract was signed by Penny Rea on behalf of Friends of Zion Graveyard Attercliffe at Voluntary Action Sheffield under the watchful eye of Keith Arrowsmith of Counterculture Partnerships on 25th January 2018 - the deadline day.  Many thanks to our solicitor Laura Marsden for her advice and support. (Photo by kind permission of Joseph Desforges of VAS).

Soroptimists and Master Cutlers visit Mary Anne's grave

On Wednesday 23rd August it was the International Day for Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.  A small deputation from the Sheffield and Hallam branches of Soroptimist International made a visit to the graveyard to pay their respects to Mary Anne Rawson.  They are supporting the Snowdrop Project which helps survivors of modern-day slavery. It is very sad that nearly 200 years on, slavery is still an issue so it was a timely reminder to keep our thoughts in the present as well as on the past.

We also had a surprise visit from the present and previous Master Cutlers who dropped in to discuss shared access with neighbouring G & J Halls.  They were impressed with the work going on to clear the graveyard and commented that some of the names on the gravestones were from families known to be associated with the metal industry, some of whom were Master Cutlers themselves.  We are looking forward to find out more about these graves.

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