Burial Ground Rules

  1. Plots will be allocated on the next available plot basis for both burial plots and cremated remains plots.  There will be no exception to this ruling.
  2. A Deed of Exclusive Right for Interments and Memorials will be for a period of 99 years.
  3. Interments can only take place in a plot with the Exclusive Right of Burial or with the consent in writing of the owner of the right.
  4. All new burial plots must be dug to double depth.
  5. A charge of £10 will be made for requests from members of the public to look at the burial records.
  6. It may be occasionally necessary to place a soil box on to another grave to allow digging of a grave space.  Any damage is the responsibility of the undertaker.
  7. Memorials will be permitted but must conform to the current restrictions on permitted memorials and sizes.
  8. Headstones will be checked twice annually to ensure they are fixed safely and memorial inspections should be carried out after the initial installation.  In the event that a memorial is deemed unsafe, the Parish Council will make every attempt to make it safe but will accept no further responsibility for any damage.
  9. Should an exhumation be necessary, the person requesting the exhumation is responsible for obtaining all the relevant documents prior to any exhumation taking place.
  10. Ownership of Exclusive Rights must and should be transferred.  Recommend doing this as soon as owner of plot has deceased as this prevents a delay on any further interments.
  11. There can be no more than two owners of any plot.
  12. Transfer will be to the next of kin or nominated person by the owner.  However, if there are many siblings, and only two can own right, the other siblings have to consent to give up their right by way of a “Form of Renunciation”.  To transfer ownership there are several legal documents depending on the financial situation of the deceased that will need to be provided to the Clerk.

Forms of Transfer:

  • Form of Assignment – used by a living owner to transfer or change the ownership to a new owner.
  • Grant of Probate – granted to the executors of the will once document has been proved in Court.
  • Grant of Letters of Administration – when one is named by the deceased during their lifetime or when a deceased person dies intestate then the next of kin can apply to the Courts to be made Administrator of the estate.
  • Form of Assent – used to transfer ownership from an executor or administrator after ownership has been transferred into their name by production of probate or letters of administration.
  • Statutory Declaration – used to confirm the results of investigations when no official documents have been issued.
  • Form of Renunciation – used together with a Statutory Declaration when a grave is being claimed by more than one person.

Risk Assessment should be carried out on the burial ground.
Grave diggers need to provide copies of their insurance policy.