Welcome to our churchyard. This beautiful place is visited by many who wish to tend the graves of their loved ones, or simply to sit in tranquillity and gaze out over the moors. It is our duty and our desire that it should be a haven for all, and so we gave adopted the following regulations, in line with Diocesan outlines, which we hope will enable all to enjoy this lovely resting place.
Although the church yard is mown regularly, it is the responsibility of individual families or their representatives to maintain family graves in good order.
We welcome the planting of bulbs to add to those already there, but trees and shrubs should not be planted in the churchyard without permission from the Vicar. Wreaths and cut flowers (please remove cellophane wrappers) may be placed on graves, but please remove these when they are withered. Holly wreaths may be laid on graves over the Christmas period but must be removed by 31st January. Silk flowers may be laid on graves but they must be removed when they become faded or bedraggled. If necessary, unsightly flowers will be removed and any containers will be placed in the church porch for reclamation.
In order to keep the surface of the churchyard as level as possible, any mound may be levelled at any time more than 12 months after the last interment in the grave.
Headstones should be of simple, unpolished stone (or a natural wood cross), no more that 4' high, 3' wide and 7" thick. Any good monumental mason can give advice on this. A simple stone vase, with or without a metal insert to hold flowers, is permitted by the headstone. Please do not use glass containers as these are a real hazard to all who use and tend the churchyard.
Memorial stones for new graves in the old part of the churchyard are restricted to horizontal ledgers (ie flat stones),just below the level of the turf. Memorial plaques over cremated remains in the memorial garden must be bronze markers on a stone base no more than 6" x 4". Memorial plaques on existing burial plots must be no more than 18" x 16". Cremated remains must be in biodegradable containers.
All headstones and memorials placed on graves must have permission from the Vicar. Any good monumental mason can give advice on correct procedure.
Your co-operation is greatly appreciated. May this churchyard bring you healing, comfort and peace. Please feel free to contact a churchwarden or the Vicar if you have any queries.