EMNETH PARISH COUNCIL

SERVING THE VILLAGE OF EMNETH

Cemetery

Cemetery Fees

Notice is hereby given that, with effect from 18th April 2011 until further notice, the fees in respect of the burial ground at the Emneth Cemetery, Church Road, Emneth will be as follows:-


Exclusive Right of Burial - Burial
Description
Parishioner
Non- Parishioner
a For a still born child or a child whose age at time of death did not exceed one year
£NIL £NIL
b For the body of a person whose age at time of death did not exceed 10 years
£200 £400
c For the body of a person who at the time of death exceeded 10 years
£200 £400
d Transfer of Exclusive Rights
£50 £100




Exclusive Right Of Burial - Ashes Description Parishioner Non-Parishioner
a For a still born child or a child whose age at time of death did not exceed one year
£NIL £NIL
b For the body of a person whose age at time of death did not exceed 10 years
£100 £200
c For the body of a person who at the time of death exceeded 10 years
£100 £200
d Transfer of Exclusive Rights
£50 £100




Interments Burial
Description
Parishioner
Non-Parishioner
a For a still born child or a child whose age at time of death did not exceed one year
£NIL £NIL
b For the body of a person whose age at time of death did not exceed 10 years
£375 £750
c For the body of a person who at the time of death exceeded 10 years
£375 £750




Interment Ashes Description
Parishioner Non-Parishioner
a For a still born child or a child whose age at time of death did not exceed one year
£NIL £NIL
b For the body of a person whose age at time of death did not exceed 10 years
£100 £200
c For the body of a person who at the time of death exceeded 10 years
£100 £200




Memorials - Burial Description
Parishioner Non-Parishioner
a For erection of a headstone not exceeding 46 and 26 in width
£160 £320
b Additional inscription after the first
£40 £80




Memorials - Ashes Description
Parishioner Non-Parishioner
a For a flat stone placed horizontally not exceeding 26 x 26
£80 £160
b For a desk tablet 4 at the head sloping to 2
£80 £160
c Additional inscription after the first
£40 £80




Extra Services Description
Parishioner Non-Parishione
Searches Burial book searches
£50 £50

Please Note:

An Exclusive Right of Burial must be purchased for every grave space in Emneth Cemetery.

EMNETH CEMETERY: RULES & REGULATIONS

The Council aims to provide the highest possible standards of care, choice and dignity to those who suffer bereavement, and to create and maintain an environment where the bereaved can pay their respects. To assist with this the Council request that all visitors to the Cemetery follow these regulations.

Please be aware that the Council reserves the right to change these regulations from time to time, and, that compliance with any changes is required. All funerals and cemetery administration will be under the control of the Clerk to the Council.

Administration

The Clerk to the Council is Kate Bennett, 3 Sayer's Crescent, Wisbech St Mary, Cambridgeshire, PE13 4AS Telephone: (01945) 410178 Email: emnethparishcouncil@hotmail.co.uk

Cemetery Opening

The Cemetery will be open to the public daily between 8.00am and half an hour before sunset. The Council reserves the right to make closures as may be necessary for repairs, or in the interests of public safety, at any time.

Vehicles

There is no access for vehicles other than for the purposes of funerals, in connection with the erection and maintenance of monuments, or carrying out work.

Children

For safety purposes children under 12 years of age are only allowed in the grounds of the Cemetery when accompanied by and under the supervision of a responsible adult.

Dogs

Dogs are kept on a lead at all times in the Cemetery and appropriate measures must be taken regarding the removal of dog fouling waste .

Council Authorisation

All interments must be authorised by the Council prior to the funeral arrangements being publicly announced by the Funeral Director.

Charge on Grave

Please note that no interment or memorial work will be allowed to any grave for which an unpaid charge is outstanding.

Bearers

The Funeral Director is responsible for arranging sufficient bearers to carry and lower the coffin in a dignified manner. We understand that family members and mourners often wish to assist with this, and we respect that decision. We do ask you to be aware, however, that any mourners who do assist with the bearing or lowering of a coffin do so at their own risk.

Cremated remains, caskets and urns

Please be aware that cremated remains will only be interred in a casket or urn, and, cannot be interred directly into a grave space.

Selection of Grave Space

The selection of grave spaces, in all cases, is at the sole discretion of the Council.

Exclusive Right of Burial

A purchased grave is one where the Exclusive right of Burial has been purchased for a period of 100 years from the date of purchase, and will be excavated to a depth which will allow the eventual interment of one or two coffins (please note: Due to the condition of the soil/ground a double depth grave is not always possible during the autumn/winter period).

Cremated remains as well as coffins can be interred in this type of grave but only after the last coffin burial has taken place.

Please be aware that when a grave in Emneth Cemetery is purchased, what the purchaser is actually buying is the Exclusive Right of Burial for a period of 100 years, which may be renewed for a further period of expiry.

The purchaser is not buying the grave freehold, and will not own any land. He or she has purchased the right to determine who may be buried in the grave, and who cremated remains may also be interred in the grave.

A deed of grant is an important document issued by the Council and should be kept in a safe place. Purchased graves are subject to Cemetery Regulations.

Change of Address for an Exclusive right of Burial

Please write to Emneth Parish Council to change your address on your Deed of Grant, giving your old address and your new address.

Ownership of a Deed

Possession of a Deed does not necessarily give the person in possession ownership of an Exclusive right of Burial. Where the owner is deceased, subsequent ownership depends upon whether or not the deceased left a valid Will. The law concerning this matter can be very complex and it is strongly recommended that a Solicitor be consulted to establish new ownership. Ownership of a Deed may also be transferred, or assigned, by contacting the Parish Council.

Lawn Cemetery

Emneth Cemetery is a lawn Cemetery; the memorials allowed are headstones in the Burial section, flat stones and desk tablets in the Ashes section. Whilst visitors are welcome to place flowers in pots and floral tributes on the headstones base, the planting of shrub, trees and flowers, including annual plants, in the grave is not permitted. The Council reserves the right to remove such planting without notice or payment compensation.

Interment

Only human remains may be interred in the Cemetery (plus any small articles that can be reasonably contained in a standard coffin or casket).

A Certificate of the Registrar of Births and Deaths, or a Coroners Order for the Burial, must be delivered to the Clerk, or other authorised officer, prior to the interment.

For the burial of a stillborn child; the Certificate of the Registrar of Births and Deaths, that he or she has registered the stillbirth, or that he or she has received official notice of the stillbirth, or a Coroners Order for Burial, must be delivered to the Clerk or other authorised officer, being the person effecting the burial, at least 21 hours prior to the interment.

(Note: By section 1 of the Births and Deaths Registration Act 1926, it is both prohibited and an offence punishable on summary conviction by a fine not exceeding Level 1 on the standard scale (currently £200) for anyone to dispose of the body of a deceased person without delivery of the Registrars Certificate for Disposal or the Coroners Order for Burial).

Interment Fee

Please be aware that in addition to the fee charged for the Exclusive Right of Burial, an Interment Fee for opening and closing the grave is charged. The Interment Fee is charged every time the grave is opened for an interment.

Opening Graves for Interment

Please be aware that a grave for which an Exclusive right of Burial applies can only be opened with the written permission of the registered owner of the exclusive right unless the interment is to be that of the registered owner.

No interments will take place on Saturdays, Sundays, Good Friday, Christmas Day, or Bank Holidays, except on the certificate of a Coroner or Registered Medical Practitioner that immediate interment is necessary.

Grave Mounds

All grave mounds will be removed after the expiry of six months from date of interment.

Grave Tributes

No shrubs, plants or flowers may be planted within the Cemetery or on any grave therein nor may any shrubs, plants or flowers be cut or carried away without consent. The council reserves the right to prune, cut down or dig up and remove any shrub, plant or flower planted without authorisation or which in their opinion has become unsightly or overgrown. Plastic fencing and stone chippings around the grave will be removed without notice being given by the Council.

Floral decorations may be placed on the grave. When these are seen to be decaying, the Council reserves the right to remove and dispose of them if the owner fails to do so.

The Council reserves the right to remove any receptacle for flowers, damaged wreaths, mementos etc. that it considers unsuitable, or which are broken, without notice. Glass containers, solar lights, windmills and burning candles, incense, Yew twigs or similar items are strictly prohibited.

Christmas Wreaths

At Christmas many wreaths are left on graves. Our grounds staff will remove them but if you wish to remove them yourself, please do so before 28th February.

Memorials in the form of the donation of seats, shrubs, trees, roses, bird boxes, etc may be permitted subject to approval of the Parish Council.

Theft

Expensive fresh flowers and silk flower arrangements are occasionally stolen or removed and placed on other graves. Please inform the Council if you experience theft.

Right to Erect a Memorial

The Right to Erect a Memorial is issued when the Exclusive Right of Burial is purchased, for a period of 100 years, and gives the purchaser the right to erect a memorial (which must conform with the Councils current regulations) on the grave.

Application for Memorial Work

The permission of the council is required before any memorial may be erected, renovated or removed. Permission is also necessary for additional inscriptions to be inscribed.

All memorials must be fixed or re-fixed in accordance with the National Association of Memorial Masons Recommended Code of Working Practice.

Any question touching the fitness of any inscription, or the design or material construction of any monument erected shall be decided by the Clerk to the Council. Appeal against any decision may be made to the Council. If any monument is erected in violation of the Regulations of the Council, the same may at any time be removed by the Council, without notice.

Types of Memorial

All monuments shall be inscribed with the grave row and number to which they relate.

Maximum dimensions

Please be aware that the allowable dimensions, excluding foundations, are:-

A headstone with or without base not exceeding 30 in width, 36 in height and 7 in depth.

A flat stone not exceeding 18 in width x 18 in length and 2 in depth.

A desk tablet not exceeding 18 in width, 18 in length and 4 at the head sloping to 2 at the bottom in depth.

Safety of Memorials

Although as such choice is possible is allowed when selecting a memorial, please be aware that any memorial erected in our Cemetery must be done so in a manner that ensures it is safe. Thus, all memorials being erected or re-erected, other than vases, must be fixed using a ground anchor or shoe system that will withstand a pull/push force of 365kg. In addition all book type and similar memorials must be dowelled to the base to ensure stability.

Please be aware that all memorials erected in our Cemetery are erected at the owners risk and it is advisable to have them insured against damage. The responsibility of maintaining a memorial in a safe condition rests with the owner of the memorial.

The Council will inspect each memorial in our Cemetery periodically, to ensure its stability, and the owner will be responsible for any repairs or maintenance. If any required work is not carried out within 3 months of the owner being notified, the Council reserves the right to carry out repairs and place a charge on the grave space.

Maintenance of Memorials

We ask all registered owners to be aware that memorials are erected at their own risk and it is their responsibility to keep memorials in a good, safe condition. The Council cannot accept any liability for the making good of any damaged or fallen memorials.

Please understand that the Council reserves the right to re-fix, move, line up or otherwise alter the position of any memorial as may be required.

Fees

The Council may charge such fees as it thinks proper for, or in connection with, interments in the Cemetery; and for the grant of right to place a memorial in the Cemetery; or inscribe an additional inscription thereon.

The Council may amend fees from time to time.

Non-compliance with the regulations

The Council in exercising its powers under these regulations will adhere to the following procedure where non-compliance with the regulations has occurred.

1 Before any action is taken with regard to the removal of any memorial or object that is considered to be in contravention of these regulations, the Council will notify the grave holder in writing of the Councils intentions at their last known address.

2 One months notice of any intended action will be given.

3 The grave holder will have the right to appeal against any decision made. Any appeal should be in writing and addressed to the Clerk to the Council.

4 If the grave holder is still not satisfied with the outcome, they will be given the opportunity to have the matter considered by the Council. The decision of the Council is final