COVID-19 : RESTRICTIONS REGARDING FUNERAL ATTENDANCE
As a public authority the Council is required to implement Government legislation, regulations and guidance in all respects, including that applying to the COVID-19 pandemic emergency.
In compliance with the Government’s requirements to limit public assemblies as applied to funerals, the following restrictions apply regarding members of the public wishing to attend a funeral in Long Melford Cemetery.
1. Where the public are attending a funeral it must be limited to members of the immediate family of the deceased, and in any event to no more than six people.
2. As applied to the requirement stated in Point 1, “immediate family” is defined as a spouse or domestic partner, parent, child, sibling, and legal guardian, with the relationship of “step -” being included as applicable.
3. Where members of the immediate family are not in attendance, then a friend or friends of the deceased may attend instead, as long as the total number of mourners does not exceed a total of six people.
Please note that if attending the Cemetery for any reason, you must comply with the social distancing requirement to stay at least one metre away from anyone else that isn’t from your household where possible. Members of the public who have been diagnosed with, or are displaying symptoms of, COVID-19, or who live with someone who has symptoms, must not 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, in particular, the NHS workers who treat and care for those suffering from serious coronavirus infections.
The situation is being kept under review, but for the immediate future the Council is required to restrict public access to the Cemetery for funeral attendance while the COVID-19 pandemic emergency persists, or until such time as it receives definitive instructions from the relevant authorities that it should proceed differently.
ABOUT LONG MELFORD CEMETERY
Long Melford Cemetery is located beside the 15th Century Church of the Holy Trinity, at the top of Melford Green. The burial ground is owned and 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 placed in the country during the medieval period. The cemetery is bordered by the village green to the south, and the Kentwell Hall estate to the north. It is comprised of the Old Churchyard surrounding the Church, and the New Cemetery to the east, with both locations covering approximately three acres.
The area to the front of the Church and the Cemetery itself 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 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 Cemetery than anywhere else in Europe.
The current Cemetery, comprising approximately 1000 plots, was opened in 1949 using land donated by the Starkie Bence family at Kentwell Hall. It is not consecrated ground and is thus open to all faiths, enabling individual ceremonies to be performed at the graveside.
Long Melford Parish Council Burial Authority is a member of
The Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management