A new ashes burial area has been laid out on a small area of the churchyard to the north side of the church building. This site will accommodate about 45 plots, and is likely to be the last area for which permission will be granted as there are no other suitable spaces in the churchyard. The churchyard was closed for coffin burials many years ago.
The new area has been allowed by the Diocese of York on condition that only sandstone marker slabs are used. These will be set into the ground and inscriptions put on them as required. No marble of any colour can be allowed.
The area chosen is a quiet and peaceful. It has been suggested that it would be appropriate to place a seat overlooking the new plot for use by relatives of the deceased and other visitors to the churchyard. The Church Council is aiming to commission a new oak seat for this purpose and is seeking donations from anyone who would like to contribute. It will cost £500.
If you would like to help, please put your donation in an envelope marked ‘churchyard seat’ and post it through the door of Porch House, The Green or give it in person to Maurag Carmichael.
Some people have expressed an interest in reserving a plot in the new area. This is not essential to be sure of a place, but those who wish, may do so any time. Please contact the Churchwarden, Ann Wilson on 01653 628567 if you would like to find out more.