Below are the Town Council’s rules and regulations for its management.
- Whitchurch Town Council,as the Burial Authority for Whitchurch Cemetery,is responsible for the management and operation of Whitchurch Cemetery. The Burial Authority maintains Whitchurch Cemetery to a high standard and will act at all times in a manner that is consistent with its duties.
- The Cemetery will be open to the public from 8.00 a.m. until sunset. Visitors are asked to keep to the walks,not to interfere with shrubs or flowers,and to be sensitive to the feelings of the bereaved. Children under ten years of age can only be admitted if under the care of a responsible adult. No dogs,(other than guide dogs),or other pets are permitted access.
- Persons attending graves are asked to bag up,remove and dispose of all grass clippings and flowers. There are bins provided by the main entrance for small quantities of wrapped green waste and all non bio-degradable waste. There is a designated,fenced bay to the right of the gate to the new section for larger items of green waste and soil. Please do not leave green waste in heaps around the Cemetery.
- Any person breaking these rules,or guilty of misconduct will be immediately removed from the Cemetery. The penalties,prescribed by the Burial Acts,for damaging the Cemetery,or for committing nuisance therein,will be strictly enforced.
- The Register of Burials is available for inspection upon application to the Burial Clerk. It should be noted that the the current burial authority retains the Register for the Cemetery,commencing 1977,when the responsibility was passed from the Church of England. The Church should be contacted for other records,including those for the closed Church Yard.
- These Rules and Regulations may be amended from time to time at the discretion of the Burial Authority.
- The Burial Authority asks that the bereaved and/or their representatives observe the Rules and Regulations. Applicants are asked to signify this when they apply for an interment or permission to erect a memorial.
- Whitchurch Cemetery is for the interment of Whitchurch residents,(and for others with a past connection,at the Burial Authority’s discretion). On application,the Burial Authority will grant residents permission to be interrred in a grave or to have their ashes interrred in an ashes plot.
- No interment can take place without the consent of the Burial Authority.
- An application for an interment must be made at least four working days prior to the interment,in the form prescribed by the Burial Authority.
- A Certificate of Burial or Cremation must be produced before,or at the time of,the interment,for retention by the Burial Authority.
- At the discretion of the Burial Authority,permission may be granted to inter additonal ashes in existing family graves.
- The Burial Authority will allow the installation of Memorials and Memorial Tablets that comply with the Rules and Regulations. The installation of a memorial cannot proceed until an application has been made,and been approved by the Burial Authority.
- Exclusive rights of burial cannot be purchased within Whitchurch Cemetery.
- Fees and charges in respect of interments and memorials must be paid to the Burial Clerk at the time of application,according to the published scale of fees.
Interments and Memorials
- Only Coffins or Caskets of wood,or other such perishable material,will be allowed.
- Consent for the installation of:(i) A Headstone or Cross,and payment of the related fee,allows the memorial to remain in place for a period of seventy years. (ii) A Memorial Tablet in the Garden of Remembrance and payment of the related fee,allows the memorial to remain for a period of fifty years. After this time the Burial Authority reserves the right to remove the memorial,where it is found to be unsafe,in disrepair,or where it is evident that it is no longer being maintained.
- Because the Burial Authority is concerned with the appearance of Whitchurch Cemetery it applies rules governing what type of memorial may be installed. The rules,as prescribed here,are not exhaustive,and in deciding whether to give consent for the installation of a memorial,the Burial Authority will use its discretion to decide if the proposed memorial is in keeping with the appearance and decorum of the Cemetery.
- An upright Grave Memorial must be no more than three feet and six inches,(107Cm),in height.
- The Memorial may have an inscription and/or a ceramic *photograph,and may incorporate no more than one vase,for which prior approval has been granted by the Burial Authority in writing.
- Ceramic *photographs can be black and white or coloured,but must be head and shoulder views of the deceased person on their own,and in a respectful pose. The photograph must be to a professional standard and no larger than 7cms. X 9cms. One additional photo may be installed on the memorial stone of a double grave.
- All upright head stones must be installed with ground anchors.
- In certain circumstances a Grave Surround may be permitted. Written approval must be sought from the Burial Authority,which will supply the strict specification. The surround will be removed,without prior notice,should it not be maintained to a good and safe standard.
- A Memorial Tablet to mark an interment of ashes shall be no more than fifteen inches,(38 cm),square.
- Memorials must be flat or of desktop style. No upright memorials will be permitted.
- If,at any time after consent has been granted for an interment or installation of a memorial,the Burial Authority deems the plot,or the memorial inappropriate,or not in keeping with the appearance and decorum of Whitchurch Cemetery,it may require that this be corrected.
- Memorial must be brought to the Cemetery and installed to the current safety standards by an authorised contractor. All surplus materials must be removed. Damage to the walks,grounds,or other property,caused during the erection of memorials must be repaired and made good at the expense of the parties causing the damage/commissioning the work.
- All burials must be at least four feet,(122 cm),below the surface,and all surplus soil must be removed and deposited as directed by the Burial Clerk. Topsoil is to be set aside and re-used as a finish to the depth of 6 inches (15 cm),below ground level. In addition,graves must be left with four inches of soil or turf above ground level to allow for settlement. The Burial Authority reserves the right to level the grave one year after interment
- At all times,the Burial Authority retains the right to deal with,in such a manner as it sees fit,graves,plots and memorials which are not maintained to current Health and Safety standards,or where the Cemetery Regulations have been breached.
The Burial Clerk can be contacted by phoning 01256 892107 or via e-mail at email@example.com
WHITCHURCH CEMETERY Fees and Payments
The fees and payments set out below apply where the person to be interred was an inhabitant or parishioner of the Town of Whitchurch. In the case of a still-born child,at least one of the parents must be an inhabitant/parishioner at the time of interment.
In all other cases,where,at the discretion of the Burial Authority,permission has been granted for the ashes of a family member (non resident) to be interred in an existing grave or ashes plot,the fee will be doubled.
The fees indicated for various items below:
(a) apply only where the interment is made between the hours of 10.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. on a weekday,or on the certificate of the Coroner or a registered medical practitioner that immediate interment is necessary. In all other cases an additional £20.00 is payable.
(b) Apply provided that the interment takes place within 30 minutes of the time arranged. Outside this time limit,a penalty of an additional £12.50 is payable.
1. For the interment of the body of any person over the age of three years in a grave. £250.00
2. For the interment of the body of a child up to the age of three years, (including that of a still born baby),in a half plot. No charge.
3. For the interment of cremated remains in a grave. £100.00
4. For the interment of cremated remains in a Garden of Remembrance. £100.00
MONUMENTS,GRAVESTONES,TABLETS AND MONUMENTAL INSCRIPTIONS
For the right to erect or place on a grave,the fees indicated for the various items below apply where the monument,gravestone,tablet or inscription meets the requirements of the current Cemetery Rules and Regulations. No other structures will be permitted.
1. A headstone or cross with one vase,including first inscription. £80.00
2. (i)*A plaque on the memorial wall.
(ii) A flat plaque on an existing grave,including first inscription, indicating where additional ashes have been interred. £25.00
3. A tablet in the Garden of Remembrance,including first inscription. £65.00
4. For each additional inscription,after the first. £30.00
5. Search of the Register on behalf of a Member(s) of Public £25.00
6. Copy of the Register £10.00
*Plaques for the memorial wall are of uniform design and are ordered and installed by the Burial Authority on behalf of the applicant. All costs of manufacture,postage and installation must be met by the applicant. Quotations can be provided on request to the Burial Clerk.
The Burial Authority reserves the right to amend the charges as deemed necessary.
By order of Whitchurch Town Council,as Burial Authority for WhitchurchCemetery.
Up-dated 1st April 2012.