In June 2001, the churchyard of St.Mary's church
suffered a late night attack by vandals. Many gravestones were damaged
by this mindless action. In his poem, Churchyard,
Wilfred Morris expresses the anguish felt by local parishioners.
In our consecrated, holy ground
Tombstones, monuments and graves abound
Of those who worshipped here, the blest,
Who, in this place did find their rest.
But churchyard vandals came at night
To desecrate, destroy and blight.
No one there who could protect
Against such violence, disrespect.
They vent their anger on the Cross,
Memorials shattered, dreadful loss.
We cannot believe the mutilation
Nor understand the motivation.
With vengeance on our faith, in action
Do they achieve self-satisfaction?
With sadness, yet, for those we pray
Whose madness darkens light of day.