Community rallies to paint Bodden Town cemetery

Graves in the old Bodden Town cemetery get a fresh coat of paint from community volunteers. - Photo: Jewel Levy

Bodden Town residents spruced up the town’s cemetery this weekend in time for the festive season.

About 20 volunteers armed with paintbrushes, rollers and paint buckets turned out as early as 6 a.m. Saturday morning and worked together, sanding and painting the cemetery’s graves and walls during the community action day.

As the group worked side-by-side, Bodden Town East MLA Dwayne Seymour said he was proud of the community efforts taking place.

He said the volunteers had “painted over 800 hundred feet of wall at the old Bodden Town Cemetery … which was something of an eyesore for many years.”

Volunteers also got busy painting more than 40 graves of loved ones and committed to painting more graves next Saturday, he said.

“It’s a beautiful job, it puts a smile on your face,” said Mr. Seymour, who thanked the volunteers and government’s Recreation, Parks and Cemeteries Unit for donating the materials.

Volunteer Crosby Solomon said the walls at the Bodden Town Cemetery were dirty and covered with lots of mildew.

“The department was in the process of power washing and repainting the cemetery but ran short of painters. Concerned members of the community, along with Mr. Seymour, stepped in to help. The Public Works Department was willing to provide paint materials, with someone supervising the labor,” Mr. Solomon said.

Also, as part of Saturday’s community efforts, Mr. Seymour said, the volunteers had also picked up trash in the Belford area.

If anyone is interested in joining the volunteer efforts, the group plans to meet again this coming Saturday around 6:30 a.m. to complete the work at the cemetery.

In the coming weeks, volunteers plan to paint fences and the homes of older people in the community before the Christmas season.