In November 2013, inspired by an old Clevedon post card showing St Andrew’s Church and with the full approval of the church folk, the Friends of Poets’ Walk set out to restore the view of our old Parish Church from the path that leads from Salthouse Road.
The old postcard above shows that the gate in the churchyard wall was regularly used. It would have been the main entrance to the churchyard for those coming from the town on foot. Church notices can be seen on both gateposts and the wall is well maintained.
4th November 2013: the churchyard wall is covered with ivy, and nettles thrive on the bank beneath. Large elm suckers and self-seeded elder grow close to the wall, threatening the stone work and blocking the view of the church.
9th November 2013: On a pouring wet Saturday morning the Friends, ably assisted by the Clevedon Woodcutters for Wildlife and St Andrew’s church warden, felled trees and started to cut back brambles – all by hand.
Five members of the Clevedon Civic Society Environment Group, after consultation with the Church authorities, sanded and painted the green gate, as well as the main gate outside the lych gate.