DAWSMERE CEMETERY RULES AND REGULATIONS

Reviewed October 2018

 

FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF THE BURIAL GROUNDS IN THE PARISH OF GEDNEY IN THE COUNTY OF LINCOLNSHIRE

UNDER THE SAID CONTROL OF

GEDNEY PARISH COUNCIL

  

Should you have any queries regarding these regulations please contact the Parish Council

   

 Mrs J Ripley

Tel 01945700268

E Mail the.clerk@outlook.com

           

       

At least 5 days notice must be given of an Internment in every case, exclusive of Sunday. Internments at a shorter notice will, if possible, be arranged in exceptional cases by the Council, but an extra charge may be made in such cases to cover any extra costs incurred.

 

General Administration

 

  1. PAYMENT OF FEES

All fees are to be sent to the Parish Clerk prior to the burial: 231 Broadgate Sutton St Edmund Spalding Lincs PE12 0LT. Cheques made payable to Gedney Parish Council. No receipts for any monies will be valid except those officially issued by the Clerk.

 

  1. BURIAL

The Parish Council will be responsible for the administration of the Cemetery and will carry out statutory requirements.

Residents of the Parish of Gedney may be buried in the cemetery at the fees on the attached list.

All fees are doubled if not resident of the Parish and no connection to the Parish (Decision at Councils discretion)

  1. BURIAL AREA
  2. The Cemetery will be maintained as a “lawn” Cemeteryiethere will be no kerbs, statues, vases, mounds or other obstacles to prevent or hamper mechanical mowing and general maintenance.
  3. Provision for the burial of cremated remains is in the Garden of Remembrance (max 2 burials per plot) for which permission must be sought and a formal request in writing made to Gedney Parish Council together with the relevant fee (see current fees).This also requires a formal application and fee as does a subsequent ashes burial in existing plot (see current fees).
  1. CERTIFICATE OF BURIAL

A Registrar’s Certificate or Coroner’s Order for Burial must be delivered to the Clerk of the Council for preservation prior to the Internment. (Minimum 24 hours prior to burial)

  1. ADMISSION OF VEHICLES

The coffin is to be conveyed to the burial space.  No vehicle (other than by Council permission) will be allowed to enter the Burial Ground and these may not remain on the grounds longer than necessary. If any damage is done to the Council’s land or premises by bringing in of materials, memorials, or from any other cause, the person or persons doing such damage will be held responsible for the same.

 

  1.  EXCAVATION OF GRAVES

The digging of graves and internment of ashes must ONLY be undertaken by the Parish Councils approved/recommended gravedigger, but not at the Parish Councils expense.

  1. DEPTH OF GRAVE / BRICK LINED GRAVES

Single depth grave only.

  1. SITE OF GRAVES/CONSECRATION

No deviation from the current order of Burials as shown by the plan kept by the Clerk will be allowed.  Burial may be in consecrated or unconsecrated ground, depending on availability.

 

  1. EXCLUSIVE RIGHT OF BURIAL

When an Exclusive Right of Burial/Memorial Rights is acquired, the full name and address of the purchaser must be supplied. Purchasers shall not dispose of their rights without the consent of the Council.

Exclusive Rights are granted for a period of 25 years, it is the responsibility of the exclusive Rights owner/successor to renew this each 25 years. Also to inform the Parish Clerk of any changes of address

  1. PURCHASED GRAVE SPACES

Grants of Exclusive Right of Burial may be purchased upon request to the Parish Council Clerk. The request may be made either by the purchaser or their agent. Upon receipt of the current fee (available on request from the Clerk to the Parish Council) the Clerk will issue a Grant of Exclusive Right of Burial to the purchaser.   The Grant will be numbered and contain all relevant details of grave space(s) purchased and the name and address of the purchaser(s). The Deed (Grant) will remain the property of the purchaser and his/her successor for a period of 25 years. When the purchased grave space is to be used for a burial then the Deed (Grant) of Exclusive Right of Burial should be surrendered to the Parish Clerk, to allow for transfer of ownership.

  1. TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP

On the transfer of ownership of an Exclusive Right of Burial in a grave or graves (owing to death or otherwise),

such transfer must be registered and the deed produced for endorsement.

 

Memorials

 

  1. BURIAL MEMORIALS

Single memorials – maximum dimensions 36h” x 24” w x 3”d and be of a type approved by the Parish Council. The memorial stone and plinth shall be on a foundation stone 36” x 24” recessed into the ground with flower vase (optional) incorporated only will be permitted.  Please note that it cannot be guaranteed that the placement of a memorial or monument is at the head end of the grave.  Permission to be sought from the Council in respect of double memorials.

All memorials must be installed in accordance with BS8415 and current industry standards.

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            In respect of all graves for which an Exclusive Right of Burial /Memorial Rights has been acquired, a             drawing showing dimensions, proposed inscriptions and a description of the stone must be forwarded to   the Parish Council for approval

      No Kerbing or edging stones are allowed.  

 

13.1 GARDEN OF REMEMBERANCE MEMORIALS

Memorial stones for cremated remains in the Garden of remembrance shall conform to the standard size of 20”h x 10”w x2”d on a plinth of 12” x 9”x 2” incorporating a 5” diameter vase (optional). The approved memorial stone and plinth shall be places on a standard foundation stone 30”x 18” that is recessed into the ground

All memorials must be installed in accordance with BS8415 and current industry standards.

      In respect of all graves for which an Exclusive Right of Burial /Memorial Rights has been acquired, a       drawing showing dimensions, proposed inscriptions and a description of the stone must be forwarded to   the Parish Council for approval

  1. NOTICE OF WORK

All Masons etc need to provide proof of appropriate professional membership, evidence of relevant Risk Assessment & Safe System of work and legal indemnity, as they are responsible for their acts or omissions whilst in the Cemetery on Parish Council Property.  Three days notice must be given to the Clerk by masons etc. before erecting any monument, and work of every description must be completed as soon as possible. The current fee for erection of a memorial shall be payable to Gedney Parish Council through the Clerk (see current fees for details).

 

  1. MAINTENANCE

It is the Grave owner’s responsibility to maintain the memorial.

  1. REOPENING OF GRAVES

The owner or executor shall be responsible for the removal of memorials and kerbs (if any) on the reopening of graves and replacement of same within eighteen months. The cost of removing must be borne by the owner /executor, and the Council will not be responsible in the event of a monument or stone becoming broken or damaged, lost or destroyed during such work.(and only with the correct legal exhumation order).

 

  1. DAMAGE TO MEMORIALS

The Council will not be responsible for any damage to monuments, memorials, flower vases or plaques occasioned by storms, wind, lightning, subsidence, vandalism or any other cause.

If a memorial is found to be unsafe and dangerous it may be made safe by the Parish Council.  The Grave owner will then be contacted to see if they would like have the memorial re-fixed, if this is possible.  The Grave owner will be responsible for any charges to have the memorial re-fixed or repaired.

 

  1. FLORAL TRIBUTES

All funeral wreaths and flowers will be left on a grave for a period of not more than six weeks. After the six week period has elapsed, the wreaths and flowers will be removed if this has not already been done by the family of the deceased.

All litter and dead floral tributes to be placed in the bin provided

  1. PLANTS/SHRUBS AND MEMORIALS

The placing of plants or shrubs (or any other miscellaneous objects) will not be allowed

The Council reserves the right to remove any unauthorised flower receptacle or miscellaneous items from the graves as it deems necessary.

 

 

 

 

  1. VISITORS AND DOGS

All persons visiting the Cemetery should act in a responsible manner whilst on the grounds. Dogs must be kept under control and on a leash always. Any fouling to be removed from the premises by the owner (DO NOT PUT IN THE FLOWER BIN)

No unaccompanied children allowed in the Cemetery.

Rules & Regulations

The Council reserves the right, from time to time, to revise the Rules and Regulations and will review the Schedule of fees annually.

These Rules and Regulations are made in conformity with, and subject to, the Local Authorities Cemetery Order 1977 and any amendment thereof.

These Rules and Regulations together with the table of fees and payments shall apply to the Dawsmere Cemetery.