FUNERAL ATTENDANCE AND COVID-19
It remains important to take steps to protect yourselves and others from COVID-19. This is particularly true for funerals, where the risk of contracting coronavirus may be higher due to the attendance of people who have a legal exemption to attend during self-isolation or quarantine, and who either have or are at higher risk of having COVID-19. Further Government guidance regarding funeral attendance during the coroonavirus pandemic can be found here.
Please note that members of the public who have been diagnosed with or are displaying symptoms of COVID-19, or who live with someone who has been diagnosed with or are displaying coronavirus symptoms, or who are otherwise self-isolating or in a period of quarantine for any reason without a legal examption to attend a funeral, are not permitted to enter the Cemetery. Detailed NHS guidance regarding self-isolation can be found here.
The Council apologises for any distress or inconvenience that these restrictions might cause. However, its primary concern must remain protecting the health and safety of the people attending, and working in, the Cemetery, and helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to safeguard the lives of the community and NHS workers who treat and care for those suffering from coronavirus infections.
ABOUT LONG MELFORD CEMETERY & THE OLD CHURCHYARDS
Long Melford Cemetery is located beside the 15th Century Church of the Holy Trinity at the top of Melford Green. The Cemetery is owned and maintained by the Parish Council, which constitutes the Burial Authority governing the facility. It is unconsecrated ground and the facility is thus able to accept funerals for the deceased of all faiths, and those of no faith. The old, closed churchyards are the property of the Church and are maintained by the Parish Council.
The Church’s size and beauty owes much to the wealth created by the wool trade, with Long Melford being one of the richest places in the country during the medieval period. The Cemetery is bordered by the village green, the Kentwell Hall estate, and the old churchyards, and covers approximately three and a half acres.
The Cemetery and the old churchyard area to the front of the Church are maintained to a high standard, and are seen as an asset for attracting local tourism and the interest of visitors from around the world. The old churchyard area to the rear of the Church is conserved to provide a quiet, respectful setting in a natural environment that promotes wildlife. Here can be found many wrought iron crosses which were made by workers at the local Ward & Silver foundry, who were allowed to create them in their own time to mark the graves of their deceased loved ones. There are more iron markers in the Long Melford rear old churchyard than anywhere else in Europe.
The Old Cemetery to the east of the Church is comprised of approximately 1000 plots. It was opened in 1949 using land donated by the Starkie Bence family, who at that time owned Kentwell Hall.
The New Cemetery, situated to the north west of the Church, was opened in October 2021 and comprises approximately 150 plots. This land, which in the past was used to tether horses and park carriages, was acquired from the Diocese of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich in 1995.
Long Melford Parish Council Burial Authority is a member of
The Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management