A group of friends of the English Cemetery and members of the congregation of St George's joined forces last Saturday morning for a Working Party, aimed at sprucing up the area around the church and removing an accumulation of leaves and other debris.
While some carted away wheelbarrows full of old flower pots from behind the church, others pruned an overgrown oleander, weeded and piled autumn leaves into sacks, or cleaned up some of the gravestones.
Father Louis Darrant, as well as planning the event and taking part, had organised a tapas and paella lunch for the workers afterwards and said he was very pleased with the success of the joint venture, which had brought together a diverse group of people, all having fun together in a good cause.
The results of the volunteers' work were visible as the cemetery looked markedly tidier and cleaner, so he said the event was likely to become a regular one.
Victoria Ordóñez, the Gardening delegate for the English Cemetery Foundation also thought the event had been a great success and said: "This sort of initiative helps tremendously in the upkeep of the English Cemetery, which is a remarkable part of our international heritage but needs a lot of maintenance to keep it looking beautiful - and it was a very enjoyable morning (and lunch!). Father Louis is a great asset to our community here and more people have already said they'd like to come next time, so we'll definitely be doing it again."
Information and services
The English Cemetery in Malaga is open to visitors from 10am to 3pm every day (10.30am - 3pm at weekends). For general information and tours look for @CemIngMalaga on Facebook or visit https://cementerioinglesmalaga.org/en/
Anglican services are held at St George's church in the cemetery every Sunday at 11am, and also in Vélez-Málaga at 10.30am.
To volunteer for gardening events phone Louis Darrant on 630 909 131 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org