GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE REGULATIONS

 
PLEASE NOTE THAT IT IS NOT POSSIBLE FOR A PLOT TO BE RESERVED
 
A faculty was granted in 2004 allowing cremated remains to be buried in the Garden of Remembrance or existing graves. Plots are to measure 2’ x 2’ and a bronze plaque (5” x 3”) can be placed on the plot.
 
1 Rights of Interment
 
1.1 A parishioner has a right to the burial of his/her cremated remains (“ashes”) in the churchyard and the remains of non-parishioners can also be buried there if the Parish Priest consents. 1.2 Applications for the interment of ashes must be made to the Parish Priest, who will decide the place of interment. 1.3 The names of those whose ashes are interred, together with a record of where they are interred, will be recorded in the Burial Register to be kept in the Church safe. 1.4 A memorial “Book of Remembrance” will be kept in the Church in which entries may be made, subject to the approval of the Parish Priest, by a calligrapher approved by the Parish Priest.
 
2 Garden of Remembrance
 
 
2.1 Cremated remains may be interred in a family grave but otherwise will be buried in the Garden of Remembrance. 2.2 The ashes should normally be buried without their container. 2.3 It is possible to inter two sets of ashes for related family members in a single plot, with two matching bronze plaques.
 
3 Memorials
 
3.1 Our Garden of Remembrance is designed as a tranquil space. Permission can be sought from the Parish Priest to place a plaque where the ashes have been interred. 3.2 Each plot is permitted a use of 50 years, subject to the granting of a Faculty to extend for a further period. 3.3 Flowers, or good quality artificial flowers, may be placed along the edge of the box hedge to the LEFT of the Garden of Remembrance but not on the burial plot itself. Both natural and artificial flowers will deteriorate after periods of time. The Parochial Church Council (PCC) may remove flowers of whatever kind if they judge them to be unsightly and all artificial flowers after two months. 3.4 The fees for the interment of ashes are contained in the current Parochial Fees Order. Those for inscriptions in the Book of Remembrance are fixed by the PCC. 

 
  
Approved by Mickleham Parochial Church Council on 24th July 2013
 
St Michael & All Angels Church, Mickleham 
 



CHURCHYARD REGULATIONS 


PLEASE NOTE THAT IT IS NOT POSSIBLE FOR A PLOT TO BE RESERVED

 
1 Introduction
 
Our churchyard is a place of great beauty and historical value. These regulations are designed to maintain and enhance these values with a minimum of bureaucracy. There are also practical reasons for some of the rules to allow for ease of maintenance. The family of the deceased bear the cost of any memorials and of maintaining them but they do not own the grave space and the Parochial Church Council (PCC) has the task of keeping the churchyard in good order.
 
2 Burials 
 
Parishioners (including all those on the Church Electoral Roll) and others who die in the parish, have a right to burial in the churchyard if there is still space available. Permission for the burial of other persons may be granted by the Parish Priest. The Parish Priest will decide where a burial will take place but will endeavour to respect the family’s wishes. 
 
We have just acquired an extension to the churchyard and this will enable burials to take place for many years to come. There are two options when it comes to a burial in the extension: 
 
Traditional burial with memorial stone. Please note that after one year the grave will be levelled and grassed over to allow for easy maintenance. No bulbs or plants of any kind may be planted.  Burial in an unmarked grave with the option of planting a tree in a place
to be agreed with the Parish Priest. No bulbs or plants of any kind may be planted. 
 

3 Memorials
 
 
3.1 The Parish Priest has discretion to authorise the erection of any headstone which falls within the types and classes authorised by the Chancellor of the Diocese. The Parish Priest may refuse to permit the erection of an authorised headstone if it is believed it would be detrimental to the churchyard. However the Parish Priest has no discretion to allow the erection of a headstone that falls outside those authorised. The epitaph is also subject to approval by the Parish Priest.

3.2 If individuals wish to erect a memorial which falls within the Parish Priest’s discretion they should apply on form CR1 (available from a stonemason or PCC). Permission is always required and no work should be ordered or put in hand until permission has been granted. If individuals wish to erect a memorial which falls outside the Parish Priest’s discretion they may apply for a Faculty giving the grounds for their request. The Parish Priest will advise them how to approach the Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) before seeking a Faculty.

3.3 Bulbs and small annual plants may be planted in the soil of a grave within the area previously excavated. Plants or flowers may be placed in a removable sunken container, but unless they are kept tidy, the PCC may treat the grave as part of the turf and mow over it. Wreaths or cut flowers may be laid directly on any grave or placed in any vase authorised by these Regulations. If a built-in vase ceases to be used for a period of 12 months or more, the PCC may insert a matching stone stopper in the vase hole. Artificial flowers of good quality may be placed on a grave, but both natural and artificial flowers will deteriorate after periods of time. The PCC may remove flowers of whatever kind and wreaths at their discretion if they judge them to be unsightly and all artificial flowers after two months.
 
4 Cremated Remains 
 
A Garden of Remembrance has been set aside in the churchyard for Cremated Remains.