Fifths photographed above (L to R): Baz Butterwick, C Social, William Davie-Thornhill, E Social and Jimmy Aird, C Social
During PWG's Monday Activity, a small group of Fifths have been busy maintaining the Churchyard at the Church of St James' the Great in Radley (built in 1290). The boys, photographed above, cut hedgerows along Church Road, with a distinctive (rather more modern) 'rolling surf' design!
The boys work around the village of Radley, most particularly undertaking practical tasks in and around the parish church of St James the Great. There are some annual tasks, one of which is the early autumn trimming of the hedge which bounds the churchyard. We first stepped in to do this four years ago and preserve the 'rolling surf' look that was previously created by members of the church community.
Over three weeks we get the job completed and it is a good thing to do as the first activity, as it gives such a visible reward. Future tasks for this year's group (Jimmy Aird (C), Baz Butterwick (C) and William Davie-Thornhill (E)) will include sweeping up leaves, tidying up various areas of the churchyard, lopping off branches, as well as specific tasks as requested by the elderly and/or infirm in the village.
Just as Jimmy, Baz and William are the latest in a long line of boys to have helped in this important way, so PWG is simply the latest in a line of Radley dons who have been the relevant link for the church and the village: Dick Usherwood (once Tutor of H Social) worked marvels over many years and John Pound (once Tutor of A Social) was also heavily involved in the life of St James. Indeed, we walk past the latter's memorial bench whenever we are in the churchyard, and it is an inspiration to the work we do today. In fact, the bench looks like it is in
need of a treatment - another job on the list for this year.