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Burial GroundSun, 16th December 2018

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Burial Ground

Boxley Parish Council has a burial ground at the rear of St Mary and All Sainst Church, Boxley. Internment is open for residents of Boxley Parish and also of the Church parish. Further details can be found under useful documents- parish council leaflets.

Rules and Regulations for Boxley Parish Council Burial Ground

Rear of St Mary’s and All Saints Church, Boxley

Burial Ground - General statement of the Parish Council.

This burial ground is owned and maintained by Boxley Parish Council and is for the use of parishioners for their burial.  It is available for the interment of the residents of the ecclesiastical and civil parishes of Boxley, regular worshippers at Boxley Church (including the Weavering Ecumenical Group), still births arising from the above mentioned groups, and such other persons as the Clerk of the Parish Council may deem fit after consultation with the incumbent of Boxley Church.  A copy of the rules and regulations of this burial ground is available from the above address.

The burial ground has a consecrated area and a non-consecrated area.  Inquiries for burial in the burial ground should be made as follows;

Consecrated area.  The Incumbent, The Vicarage, Boxley, Maidstone, ME14 3DX.  Telephone 01622 737596

Non consecrated area.  Mrs. Pauline Bowdery, Boxley Parish Council, Beechen Hall, Wildfell Close, Walderslade, Chatham, Kent ME5 9RU.  Tel. 01634 861237.

e-mail Clerk@boxleyparishcouncil.org.uk

A number of plots are at present tended beyond that allowed in the Rules and Regulations.  It is the intention of the Parish Council that after 2012 these will conform to the regulations.

Flowers and plants.  The Parish Council respectfully asks families and visitors not to plant any flowers that will spread over the edge of the flowerbed nor grow above 18 inches. 

The plastic, wire and ribbons from wreaths and bouquets should be removed from the burial ground once the flowers have faded.  The Parish Council understands that the time between visits may mean that this is not possible and it therefore reserves the right to remove any dead bouquets from a grave.

Grave edgings.  In accordance with the burial regulations the Parish Council will not allow the introduction of any more edging to graves already present in the burial ground and existing edging will be removed by 2012.

You are also asked to respect item 13 of the burial ground regulations

If a memorial, tablet, boundary markers, flower container, or other object is introduced into the burial ground without permission, or not in accordance with a permission which has been granted, the Parish Council will require the removal without delay.  The Parish Council reserves the right to dig up, remove and dispose of any unauthorised items without being liable.  Except for Remembrance Day poppies, artificial flowers are not permitted in the burial ground.  At the discretion of the Parish Council and the incumbent Christmas wreaths will be permitted however these must be removed within a reasonable time.

In order to keep families informed of any issues relating to the burial ground families are asked to notify the parish office of any change to the address that correspondence should be sent.  Your cooperation would be greatly appreciated.

 

Burial Ground

Rules and Regulations.

(approved by the Council 18th June 2002)

The following Rules and Regulations apply to the Boxley Parish Council Burial Ground.  The intention is to preserve and improve the burial ground in the interest of this and future generations. 

The freehold of the burial ground is held by the Parish Council for the use of parishioners for their burial.  It is available for the interment of the residents of the ecclesiastical and civil parishes of Boxley, regular worshippers at Boxley Church (including the Weavering Ecumenical Group), still births arising from the above mentioned groups, and such other persons as the Clerk of the Parish Council may deem fit after consultation with the incumbent of Boxley Church.

The Parish Council is responsible for the care and maintenance of the burial ground.  Subject to faculty jurisdiction and any rights acquired by faculty the Parish Council has complete control of the burial ground.

The larger part of the burial ground had been consecrated with the balance remaining unconsecrated.  Parts of each of the consecrated and unconsecrated areas have been reserved for the burial of cremated remains.

(1)  All applications for interment in the

(a) Consecrated area must be made in the first instance to the incumbent of Boxley Church.

(b) Unconsecrated area must be made to the Clerk to the Parish Council.

A book will be kept in which will be entered in respect of each internment

(i)  the fore and surnames of the persons who have been interred

(ii)  the number of the plot in which they are interred

(iii)  the date of the internment

(iv)  such other details as the incumbent or Clerk may think fit.

(2)     Until the burial ground is formally closed by Order in Council a charge will be made in respect of each interment and the erection of headstones.  The fee will be determined by reference to the prescribed Table of Parochial Fees for the time being in force under the provisions of the Ecclesiastical Fees Measure 1986.  The fee is payable to Boxley Parish Council through the incumbent to the parish council or directly to the Clerk to the Parish Council. 

(3)     All grave spaces and the areas reserved for the interment of cremated remains shall be earthen only and shall be used in rotation and no person shall have the right of selecting a grave space.

(4)     Each grave space shall be of an area 9 feet by 4 feet and within such area and at the head of the grave space a flower border of an area 4 feet by 2 feet 6 inches may be provided.  The duration of the retention of such a flower border will be for ten years only when it will be returned to a grassed area.  Should the flowerbed become untended then, at the discretion of the Clerk to the Parish Council in conjunction with the next of kin (if traceable), the area will be grassed over.  No trees or large shrubs are permitted in a flowerbed. 

(5)     Memorials in the burial ground are owned by those who set them up and remain their responsibility.  In the event of the memorial, in the Parish Council’s opinion, becoming unsafe or dilapidated and after reasonable efforts have been taken to notify the owners, the Parish Council reserves the right to remove or lay flat the said memorial.

(6)     The whole of the grave space except for the flower border and the whole of the areas reserved for the burial of cremated remains will be turfed flat and mown by or on behalf of the Parish Council.  No kerbstones, edging or any other form of boundary marker may be erected on or around any plot.  No chippings are allowed on the grave.

(7)     All applications for memorials, tablets, flower containers or other objects of any kind  must be made in the standard form for Churchyard Applications (copies of which may be obtained from the incumbent or from stonemasons working within the diocese) and must contain the particulars and be accompanied by the drawings mentioned in the form. 

(8)     An application for a memorial must not be submitted until six months after the burial.  Memorials are subject to a fee as detailed in the Table of Parochial fees.

(9)     A memorial in the form of a headstone or cross at the head of a grave will ordinarily be permitted, provided:-

                 (a) that it will be made of unpolished Portland, Hopton Wood, Purbeck, York, Slate or Nabrasina stone or of Oak.  Other stone may be allowed if approved in advance by the Clerk to the Parish Council in writing:

(b)  that above ground it be no larger than 121.9 cm (4 feet) high, 91.4 cm (3 feet) wide and 15.2 cm (6 inches) thick and no smaller than 79.2 cm (2 feet 6 inches) high, 50.8 cm (1 foot 8 inches) wide and 7.6 cm (3 inches) thick, except that, if commemorating a child who died under the age of twelve years, it may be smaller than the minimum size, but not less than 38.1 cm (15 inches) high and 38.1 cm (15 inches) wide:

(c)  that, if it will be of insufficient height to be set in the ground, its base will not protrude above ground level:

(d)  that the memorial will not include any raised kerbs, railings, plain or coloured chippings, figure statuary, open books, bird baths or similar objects:

(e)  that any words to be inscribed on the memorial, which state more than the names, dates of birth and death and occupation of the deceased, will be suitable in the opinion of the Parish Council and the incumbent:

(f)   that any emblem, badge or other design to be inscribed on the memorial will be suitable in the opinion of the Parish Council and the incumbent. It would also be helpful if the plot number can be engraved on the back of the memorial:

(g)  that all words inscribed will be well lettered and that he words and designs will be suitably set out in the opinion of the Parish Council and the incumbent:

(h)  that all lettering will be of sufficient depth and width to be clearly visible in good light at a distance of not less than 2.74 metres (9 feet) without infilling.

(i)  that if, in addition, infilling is used, it will be grey matt finish paint and not of lead, plastic, cement or other materials:

(j)  that there will be no raised letters, photographs or other additions to the memorial except without the prior consent in writing of the Parish Council:

(k)  there will be no advertisement or trademark on the memorial, except that the name of the craftsman principally concerned with it may be inscribed on its side or reverse in lettering similar to the main subscription and not more than 1.3 cm (0.5 inch) in height

(10)  In the areas of the burial ground reserved for the burial of cremated remains the placing of a tablet will ordinarily be permitted provided;-

(a) that the tablet will be of unpolished stone of the types listed in 9(a)

(b) that the tablet will be no larger than 53.3 cm (1 foot and 9 inches) square:

(c) that any inscription on the tablet will refer only to the names and dates of birth and death of the deceased:

(d) that any inscription on the tablet will in the opinion of the Parish Council and the incumbent be suitable, well lettered and set out, of sufficient depth and width to be clearly visible in good light at a distance of not less than 2.74 metres (9 feet) and, if infilled, if at all, with grey matt paint:

(e) that there be no raised letters, designs, advertisements, trade marks or names of craftsmen on the tablet.

(11)   A flower container will ordinarily be permitted on a grave space:

(a) If it is set in the base of a memorial and its top will not protrude above the level of that base: or

(b) If it will be buried in the ground immediately in front of a memorial and its top will not protrude above ground level.

(12)  Flower containers are not permitted elsewhere in the burial ground, including any area set   aside for the burial of cremated remains.

(13)  If a memorial, tablet, boundary markers, flower container, or other object is introduced into the burial ground without permission, or not in accordance with a permission which has been granted, the Parish Council will require the removal without delay.  The Parish Council reserves the right to dig up, remove and dispose of any unauthorised items without being liable.  Except for Remembrance Day poppies, artificial flowers are not permitted in the burial ground.  At the discretion of the Parish Council and the incumbent Christmas wreaths will be permitted however these must be removed within a reasonable time.

(14)  No other monument of any kind shall be placed in the areas reserved for the burial of cremated remains.

(15)   In each plot the ashes of only one person will be interred but any plot may be subsequently re-opened for the internment of ashes of a wife, husband, partner or child of the family of the person whose ashes are first interred.

(16)  Ashes buried in the reserved area must be contained in a suitable receptacle and buried not less than 60.9 cm (2 feet) deep.

(17)   At each internment within the consecrated areas and appropriate Service of Committal must be conducted, such service to comply with any directions given by His Grace the Archbishop of Canterbury.

(18)  Incumbent in these regulations means the Vicar, Priest or Deacon charges with the overall pastoral responsibility, or, where there is a sequestration the Rural Dean.

(19) In accordance with the Local Authorities Act 1977 section 18

“(1) No persons shall:-

  1. Wilfully create any disturbance in a cemetery;
  2. Commit any nuisance in a cemetery;
  3. Wilfully interfere with any burial taking place in a cemetery;
  4. Wilfully interfere with any grave or vault, or tombstone or other memorial, or any flowers or plants or any such matter; or
  5. Play any game or sport in a cemetery.”

(20)   The Parish Council reserves the right to alter or add to these regulations.

Information note.

It should be noted the Parish Council reserve the right of exclusion and the grant of right of burial is for 50 years – which can then be extended for a further 50 years on application to the then parish council.

 

The Parish Council requests that it be kept informed of any changes to addresses to enable further correspondence to be received.