St Andrew’s Churchyard, Cromhall

Policy for burials, interment of ashes, and maintenance of graves and headstones.

 

Revised January 2017

 

1)  Introduction

a)    St Andrew’s Churchyard is subject to the Diocesan Churchyard Regulations designed to ensure parishes adopt good practice in the management of burial grounds in churchyards. This local policy must be read in addition to the Diocesan Churchyard Regulations, its intention is to explain them and add information specific to St. Andrew’s, it does not replace or amend them. A full copy of the current version of the Diocesan Regulations is displayed in the Porch at St. Andrew’s, and is also available from the web site of the Diocese of Gloucester here http://www.gloucester.anglican.org/content/pages/documents/1457618985.pdf.

 

2)  Burials

a)   General

i)     The churchyard is short of space for burials, so new plots will only be available for:

(1) Members of St Andrew’s Electoral Roll

(2) Residents of Ecclesiastical Parish of Cromhall

(3) People who die in Ecclesiastical Parish of Cromhall

ii)    Requests for burial not complying with the above must be made in writing to the parish priest, or during a vacancy the Area Dean, for their consideration.

iii)  For all burials a ‘pre-burial form’ must be completed. This can be obtained from the parish priest, or during a vacancy, the Area Dean.

 

b)  Memorials / Headstones

i)     If a memorial stone is required, an ‘Application form to introduce a Memorial into a Churchyard’ must be completed and returned to the Benefice Office behind Falfield Village Hall. This is available from the Diocese of Gloucester web site here http://www.gloucester.anglican.org/content/pages/documents/1457619020.pdf, or from  local funeral directors. They will advise on acceptable size, material and wordings.

ii)    Applications for headstones will only be accepted by the parish priest, or during a vacancy, the Area Dean at least six months after the burial, thus giving the ground time to settle.

 

c)   Maintenance of graves and headstones

i)       This is the responsibility of the family of the deceased. The family may wish to take out insurance against damage to the headstone.

ii)      Cromhall PCC retains the right to remove any unsafe or defaced headstones after consultation with any known family members.

iii)    The grassed area between the graves is the responsibility of the PCC.

 

3)  Flowers & Other Adornments on a Grave

i)       Bulbs and small annual plants that are planted directly into the soil above a grave may be acceptable. Invasive species are not allowed, if in doubt please consult the Churchwarden(s).

ii)      Potted plants and vases of flowers should be placed on the grave near the headstone and removed once dead. The churchyard team have the right to remove any flowers that are dead if they are unsightly, but it is not their job to do so, please ensure dead flowers are removed promptly and not left for others to clear up

iii)    The planting of shrubs and trees, either on graves or elsewhere in the churchyard, is not allowed without the agreement of PCC and the consent of the Archdeacon of Gloucester. Any planted without permission may be removed.

iv)    All wreaths, memorabilia and toys must be removed from graves within a month of the burial.

v)      Silk or other artificial flowers are not allowed, except in Christmas wreathes. Please remove these by Jan 31st.

vi)    If there are any plots that do not presently conform to the above regulations, we respectfully ask that steps are taken to ensure they do . If in doubt, please consult with the Churchwarden(s).


 

4)  Interment of Ashes

a)   General

i)     Cremated remains may be interred either in an existing grave or the new Garden of Remembrance adjacent to the north wall of the Churchyard. In every case an application form must be completed in advance and sent to the Benefice Office. Forms are available from local funeral directors.

ii)    Interment of ashes without permission is not allowed. Permission is dependent on submission and acceptance of the above form.

iii)  The scattering of ashes is not permitted in any circumstances within the churchyard.

iv)  Please note that the old Garden of Remembrance adjacent to the south porch of the Church is now full so no new plots are available here. However, ashes of a family member may be added to an existing plot, after completion and acceptance of the application form as for the new Garden of Remembrance.

b)  Memorial Stones in a Garden of Remembrance

i)     The new Garden of Remembrance has a fixed number of plots, laid out in a grid. Unused plots are marked with plain stone tablets, which may be replaced by other tablets of the same size and authorised material, laid flat and inscribed with the name of the person’s ashes interred their and dates of birth and death.

ii)    Additional inscription may be added, subject to space, if it reflects the Christian nature of the churchyard location.

iii)  The procedure for the placement of a memorial stone in the Garden of Remembrance is the same as that for a grave, see 2) b) i) above.

 

c)   Flowers & Other Adornments in a Garden of Remembrance

i)     Small potted plants and vases of flowers may be placed on the memorial stone and must be removed once dead. The churchyard team have the right to remove any flowers that are dead and unsightly, but please clean up your own dead flowers and don’t leave it for others to do.

ii)    Any other objects, wreaths, memorabilia and toys must be removed from graves within three months of the interment.

iii)  Silk or other artificial flowers are not allowed, except in Christmas wreathes. Please remove these by Jan 31st.


 

5)  Book of Remembrance

There is a Book of Remembrance for all who worship regularly at St Andrew’s and their relatives. Other names may be added if requested and, if agreed by PCC, a donation of £20 towards church funds is suggested.

 

Cromhall PCC