SSYF delivered it’s first project for many years in Bishop’s Castle.
The project was delivered in partnership with Caring For God’s Acre, with pupils from Bishop’s Castle Community College. The project was funded through the Sharing Heritage programme run by the Heritage Lottery and started in September 2017.
The Project was delivered over 8 sessions with 10 pupils aged 13 to 14 years old as part of the School’s enrichment programme. The enrichment programme took place usually every other week. Pupils chose the project having been given a menu of activities as part of the School’s enrichment programme. The project will included several elements based in the grounds of St John the Baptist Church and in the School classroom. The graveyard served as a base for training and learning about the local built, natural and social heritage contained in the site. The project involved discovery and exploration of the graveyard including the historic memorials and the people that are commemorated there, other elements included practical conservation tasks and sharing and passing on knowledge to other people through a community event/open day which showcased skills learnt through displays and information about the project and what was discovered, recorded and created. South Shropshire Youth Forum (SSYF) co-ordinated the delivery of the project assisted by staff from Caring for God’s Acre and local volunteers. Other professionals and people with local knowledge were bought in to provide further expertise.