Since our last newsletter, we have managed to install a standing tap water supply in the cemetery. This was not without a curious setback!
When the Wessex Water men arrived in December to install our proposed tap in the area behind the prayer house, they began to dig up the pavement outside, only to come down onto the stone roof of a substantial subterranean structure. Apparently our late secretary, Malcolm Aylett, had already noted this feature when we were getting the electricity brought into the prayer house.
Anyway, Wessex Water were reluctant to break into this underground structure … so the water supply installation had to be postponed whilst we applied again for the tap in a new location.
Finally, amid snow and ice, the Wessex men came out in early January and installed our water supply. So, it will now be possible to comply with the Jewish custom of washing ones` hands when leaving the cemetery.
And the underground forgotten structure? As it is outside the walls of the cemetery, I suppose we will never know what it is. These are the photos that Malcolm took when it was discovered for the first time.