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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.
Maintenance of graves and headstones
This is the responsibility of the family of the deceased. The family may wish to take out insurance against damage to the headstone. St George’s PCC retains the right to remove any unsafe or defaced headstones after consultation with any known family members.
The grassed area between the graves is the responsibility of the Church.
Bulbs and flowers are acceptable when planted on the grave.
Potted plants and vases of flowers should be placed near the headstone and removed once dead. The churchwardens have the right to remove any flowers that are dead and unsightly.
All wreaths, memorabilia and toys must be removed from graves within a month of the burial.
Silk or other artificial flowers are not allowed except in Christmas wreathes. These should be removed by Jan 31st.
The planting of shrubs and trees, either on graves or elsewhere in the churchyard, is not allowed without the agreement of PCC. Any planted without permission may be removed.
We are aware that some graves may not conform to the above regulations at present. We would respectfully ask that steps are taken to do so, if they do not comply with the above.
Interment of Ashes
It has been agreed that ashes will be interred in a designated area for ashes on the north side of the church building. An application form for this is available from local funeral directors. Interment of ashes without permission is not allowed. The scattering of ashes is also not permitted in any circumstances within the churchyard. Ashes may also be interred in the graves of the family.
Falfield PCC March 2011
St George’s churchyard is subject to the Diocesan Churchyard Regulations which are designed to help clergy and their parishes adopt good practice in the management of burial grounds in churchyards. All requests for burial for persons must be made in writing to the parish priest or, during a vacancy, the area dean for their consideration. 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.
Memorials / Headstones
If a memorial stone is required, an ‘Application form to introduce a Memorial into a Churchyard’ must be completed and returned to the parish priest or, during a vacancy, the area dean. This is available from the local funeral directors. They will advise on acceptable size, material and wordings.