It has become apparent to myself and the PCC that we need to bring everyone up-to-speed regarding the Churchyard Regulations. There is an expectation by the Diocese that the graveyard should be a place of dignity and order. We are not at liberty to remodel gravesites after initial permissions have been given. To this end I have placed a précised copy of the regulations in the blue notice board by the lych-gate.
The most emotive issue appears to be the addition of garden kerbing (concrete or wood) infilled with small stones or slate chippings. These are not allowed by the Chancellor and I haven’t given anyone ‘special permission’ as it would be refused. Ideally the ground around the headstone should be level and grassed to facilitate easy maintenance by the team of volunteers and preservation of the machinery used. Additionally, the use of jam-jars to hold flowers is inappropriate. They are undignified, unstable and hazardous. Purpose made freestanding grave flower holders are available via local memorial masons or funeral directors.
Some folk may not be happy with the regulations but myself and the PCC haven’t written them. However, we are required to ensure that they are abided by.
Revd C Lawrence on behalf of Framfield PCC.