New Year, new beginning

 

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After a long hiatus this site will soon burst into a new, more sustained, existence.

In the cemetery, this Saturday (23 Feb) will see the latest in our series of work sessions, tackling the undergrowth on gravestones and in pathways. Because daylight is still limited, this will be a short session, 10am-2pm. If you’d like to help, please Meet me there

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The phrase Meet me there appears on a large number of gravestones in the cemetery. George Henry Mellor died in 1886. The previous year a volume of hymns was published in America which included a composition called Meet me There, with words by the famous hymn-writer Annie Crosby. I don’t know if the popularity of the phrase for epitaphs is connected with the hymn. Perhaps Annie Crosby took a current phrase and incorporated it in her hymn. You can find the words and music on http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/m/e/e/meetmeth.htm

The music makes me think of old westerns, with a travelling preacher holding a service in a tent for ranchers and their families.

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