Churchyards

A Churchyard is much more than a garden around a church. It is a burial ground, but also a place of quite reflection and recreation, a diverse habitat sustaining plants and animals and is often a special place for the community.

The Churchyards within this Benefice are maintained by dedicated volunteers with the support of external contractors, which is funded through the generosity of the local community through donations.

We are always looking for an extra helping hand, may that be with a specific project or a regular commitment. Please refer to the volunteer page for more information.

If you would like to make a donation please contact the individual church. There are many opportunities, to name a few: sponsoring a memorial bench, the cleaning and maintenance of historic grave stones, installing and maintaining external lighting, daffodil planting and the planting and upkeep of trees. There are also biodiversity opportunities.

There are some generic Churchyard rules:

– please pick up and take any litter home with you or use the bin where provided.

– only plant spring bulbs or lay cut flowers by grave stones (remember to remove these when they are spent).

-be careful when walking round the churchyard, some ground is uneven.

– dogs must be on a lead at all times and owners are required to be considerate of the bereaved and clean up after their dog (including faecal matter).

– the church reserves the right to lay flat or make safe any headstones that has been identified as unsafe and remove any unauthorized materials from a grave.

To view Churchyard Rules and Regulations please click here.

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