All Saints Church Yard
The peaceful church yard at All Saints offers an opportunity for quiet reflection away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
MANAGING THE CHURCHYARD
All Saints Churchyard is the largest on the Island – about 5 acres in total and the maintenance falls only to volunteers. Unfortunately (and this is a problem for all churches with large churchyards) there are no national or extra funds available to support church and churchyard maintenance – all church income comes from parish giving and donations, so the opportunity to employ maintenance staff/gardeners is limited. Our dedicated volunteers do put in as much time as they can, but it is a massive area to try and maintain.
In view of the limited funding and the number of people available to do the work (and also in line with other advices received) a decision was made some time ago that the area immediately by the Church would be kept well trimmed and for which we receive many compliments. As for the main area we strive to keep this in a condition that will encourage wildlife with areas left largely untouched for most of the year. With everything from red squirrels to green woodpeckers and a large variety of wild flowers, which bloom at different times of the year, we are at least able to be good stewards of God’s Creation.
If you feel you would like to help with maintaining the Churchyard – either from a practical or financial point of view – please do contact one of the Churchwardens (you will find their contact details towards the bottom of the Home page) or take a look at Donations and Regular Giving which you will find by clicking on the Home page.
THE CHURCHYARD VOLUNTEERS MEET UP ON THE FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH. DO COME ALONG AND GET INVOLVED.
When Alfred, Lord Tennyson, moved to Freshwater with his family, they worshipped at All Saints church. Tennyson’s second son, Lionel, was born in Freshwater and christened at All Saints. Within the church are memorials to several of the Tennyson family, including Lionel, who died and was buried at sea in 1886.
Tennyson’s wife Emily survived her husband and is buried in the churchyard, with several other members of her family.