Burial Ground Rules & Regulations

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Frisby-on-the-Wreake Parish Council

Rotherby Lane Burial Ground, Frisby-on-the-Wreake

Regulations (20 November 2012)

General

1.

Frisby-on-the-Wreake Parish Council (hereinafter called “the Parish Council”) is the burial authority and as such is responsible for the upkeep and running of the

Rotherby Lane Burial Ground, Frisby-on-the-Wreake (hereinafter called “the Burial

Ground”) and for the setting of charges.

2.

Residents and former residents of the civil parish of Frisby-on-the-Wreake are entitled to be buried in the Burial Ground. (“Residents” include anyone who would normally be resident in Frisby-on-the-Wreake but through age or infirmity has had to move to hospital, residential care or to live with family members away from the village.).

3.

Non-residents of Frisby-on-the-Wreake (or others with strong links to the village) may be buried in the Burial Ground at the discretion of the Parish Council. In such case a fee of three times that charged for residents will be made.

4.

Charges will be set and reviewed as necessary by the Parish Council.

5.

A second burial, must be either a partner or relative of the person already buried in the grave.

6.

Grave plots are allocated in sequence as determined by the Parish Council. No plot may be reserved in advance.

7.

Burials

Exclusive rights of burial last for ninety-nine years after which the grave may be re-used

8.

The funeral director is responsible for the burial arrangements. The certificate of disposal is to be delivered to the agent of the Parish Council immediately after the burial.

9.

For anyone who has expressed the wish to be buried in unconsecrated ground, a strip of land four metres wide adjacent to and parallel with the hedge bordering

Rotherby Lane has not been consecrated.

10.

There may be no more than two burials per grave. In addition, no more than four caskets of cremated remains may be interred in a grave. In the case of a double grave, caskets of cremated remains can only be interred after the second burial has taken place.

11.

No coffin shall be buried within 900mm (3 feet) of the ordinary level of the ground. The depth of single graves will be 1300mm (4 feet 6 inches) and of double graves, 1800mm (6 feet)

12.

Size of grave spaces:

13.

i.

ii.

Adults 2400mm x 900mm (8 feet x 3 feet)

Child 1200mm x 600mm (4 feet x 2 feet)

Any excess earth (allowing for settlement) must be removed by the funeral directors or their agents on the day of burial.

14.

Headstones or other memorials are not permitted upon grave spaces without the prior permission of the Parish Council, the payment of fees, and the obtaining of the Right to Erect and Maintain a Memorial from the Clerk.

15.

The Right to Erect and Maintain a Memorial is granted for ninety nine years. The right is issued on condition that the memorial is inspected once every five years, and renewed only when any repairs found necessary are carried out.

16.

Any person carrying out monumental works within the burial ground will be required to be in possession of, and provide proof of, £2,000,000 Public Liability

Insurance.

17.

All headstones and inscriptions, (including dimensions, materials and colours) are subject to the approval of the Parish Council. A copy of every inscription, together with a drawing showing the form and dimensions of every headstone must be sent to the Parish Clerk at least 4 weeks before any works can take place. The name of the deceased, as registered at death, must be inscribed on the memorial.

18.

All headstones must be erected on and securely bolted to the concrete raft. All headstones, once erected are the responsibility of and, must be kept in repair by the owners and their family.

19.

Persons carrying out monumental works without Parish Council approval or prior notice may subsequently be excluded from further works.

20.

When permitted, headstones are not to exceed the following dimensions

Height

Adult: No more than 1200mm (4 feet) high (measured from the concrete raft), or less than 750mm (2 feet 6 inches) high (measured from the concrete raft)

Child: May be smaller, but should be no less than 600mm (2 feet) high

Width

Adult: No more than 900mm (3 feet) wide, or less than 500mm (1foot 8 inches) wide

Child: 375mm (1 foot 3 inches) wide

Thickness

Adult: No more than 150mm (6 inches) thick, or less than 75mm (3 inches) thick.

If a slate memorial: - may be thinner, but no less than 38mm (1.5 inches) thick

Child: 50mm (2 inches) thick

21.

In order to facilitate grounds maintenance, no kerb-stones, trees, shrubs, plants, vases, statues, solar lights or similar projections are permitted on the general grassed area of the grave space. Vases may be placed at the head of the grave space or immediately adjacent to a memorial. No mounds are permitted on any graves. No personal mementoes, decorations or plastic flowers are allowed.

22.

The maintenance and control of the grave space remains the responsibility of the

Parish Council.

23.

Cut flowers and potted plants may be left at the headstone. All dead flowers and plant material must be removed after a reasonable time and deposited in the brown recycling bin. Any non-compostable waste must be placed in the black bin.

24.

All graves will be levelled, turfed, and thereafter mowed by the Parish Council contractors. The cost of this will be met by the Parish Council.

25.

Grass or soil shall not be removed from grave spaces except in connection with authorised monumental works.

Cremated Remains

26.

Cremated remains may either be interred in an existing family grave (see 10) or in the designated area for the burial of cremated remains.No scattering of ashes is allowed.

27.

Plots for cremated remains are allocated in sequence as determined by the Parish

Council. No plot may be reserved in advance.

28.

Marker stones may be no larger than 530 x 530mm (21 inches x 21 inches) and should be flush with the ground so that a mower may pass freely over them. A hole within a marker stone for a vase is permitted provided that the stone is flush with the ground and the vase can be removed easily to allow for mowing.

29.

Marker stones are not permitted without the prior permission of the Parish

Council, the payment of fees, and the obtaining of the Right to Erect and Maintain a Memorial from the Clerk.

30.

All marker stones and inscriptions, (including dimensions, materials and colours) are subject to the approval of the Parish Council. A copy of every inscription, together with a drawing showing the form and dimensions of every marker stone must be sent to the Parish Council Clerk at least 4 weeks before any works can take place. The name of the deceased, as registered at death, must be inscribed on the memorial.

All correspondence should be addressed to:

Mrs S Booth

Parish Clerk

Frisby on the Wreake Parish Council

9 Bramley Close

Sileby, Leics

LE12 7UN

Tel: 01509 814423 clerk@frisby-pc.org.uk

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