St. Lambert’s Churchyard Policy

1. Burials

The PCC of St Lambert’s Burneston see no reason to limit the entitlement to be buried in St Lambert’s, at present. All request for burial will be accepted.

2. Choice of burial space and reservation of grave spaces.

The churchwardens will be responsible for the allocation of grave spaces

A grave space may only be reserved with the permission of the churchwardens and by faculty but not otherwise. Such reserved spaces will be marked a durable marker and on the churchyard plan.

Where a double grave has been created, the fact will be recorded at the time of the first burial in the Burial Register. Permission for the burial of a second family member in the second space will be granted with permission of the next of kin of the first person buried.

3. Headstones and monuments

The incumbent is authorised under delegated powers from the Chancellor of the Diocese to permit the placing of a monument in the churchyard provided that:

(i)       the monument accords with the Regulations of the Diocese, and

(ii)   the proposed monument is considered suitable for the churchyard by the incumbent.

Other than above, any proposed works in the churchyard require the authority of a faculty granted by the Chancellor of the Diocese

The surface of the churchyard will be kept level and free from grave mounds as far as possible so that the grass may be cut by machine. For this reason a headstone only will be permitted and no raised kerbs, railings, paving, plain or coloured chippings will be allowed.

4. Control of the Churchyard and monuments

Neither the reservation of a grave space, nor the exercise of a right of burial, nor the erection of a monument confers any right of ownership upon the relatives of the deceased or upon any other person in respect of any part of the churchyard. The whole churchyard is vested in the incumbent alone, and the erection of any monument is a privilege. Monuments remain the property of ‘the heirs at law’ who are therefore responsible for maintaining such monuments. Once a monument has been introduced into a churchyard, it can only be removed by faculty.

5. Cremated Remains

 Cremated Remains may be interred in a family grave with the permission of the incumbent and the churchwardens.

Other than where cremated remains are interred in a family grave, they will be interred in the Garden of Remembrance.

6. Flowers, wreaths and decorations

Spring flowering bulbs and small plants may be planted in the turf of any grave provided that they do not interfere with the cutting of the grass of the churchyard by machine.

Wreaths and flowers may be laid direct on any grave or set in a vase container provided in accordance with diocesan regulations. Withered wreaths and flowers must be removed.

No artificial flowers, toys or other ornaments are allowed.