Codicil to the Diocesan Regulations
Directly affecting St Andrew's Church, Boothby Pagnell
St Andrew's Church is a 14th century stone church
in a rural setting and the Parochial Church Council (
1 The bereaved pay purely for the work involved in the burial and for a small part of the cost of the general maintenance of the churchyard. They have no entitlement to the plot of land in which their loved one is buried or where their ashes are interred.
The whole churchyard remains in the
ownership of the Church, as such, it is the duty of the
All excess spoil arising from the
grave excavation is to be spread evenly in the NE corner of the churchyard at
the rear of the building at the discretion of the
The existence of a similar memorial
in the churchyard to one for which permission is being sought, will not necessarily
be a reason to give permission for replication.
For example, the existence of kerbs around an old memorial would not be
a reason, in itself, for permitting kerbs around a new memorial. Kerbs make the
tending and mowing of the churchyard, by the
5 To reinforce the Diocesan Regulations it should be noted that headstones, crosses or other memorials should be made of natural stone (with no reflecting finish), teak or oak, cast or wrought iron. Traditional stones are normally used. We look for the use of stone which will meld into its distinctive character and weather well with its surroundings, such as limestone, sandstone and slate. These stones are those which, experience tells us, achieve this. Granite stones and marble, particularly when polished, do not. Neither black nor dark grey granites are permitted, nor marble, synthetic stone or plastics. The reason for these requirements is that we are seeking to preserve the overall distinctive character of the churchyard as a whole, both as a resting place for all those who have died and also for the physical setting of the church presence in the midst of the community.
No artificial flowers may be placed in the
churchyard except Remembrance Day poppies, traditional Christmas wreaths and
good quality silk flowers and these shall be removed within 3 months. The
7 Spent floral tributes should also be removed from site after 3 months.
The surface of the churchyard
should be kept level and where a grave mound has not been levelled within 12
months of burial, the
9 Vertical memorial headstones should be fixed in an upright position of 90 degrees, in keeping with the rest of the churchyard.
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