Meeting of the Jubilee Graveyard Management Committee

Sunday 3rd February saw another meeting of the management committee for the new Jubilee graveyard. The committee is a joint committee of All Saints Church and Loughton Parish Council.

The new graveyard has a capacity of 170 burial plots and 190 plots for interment of ashes.

The Church congregation has decided to rebuild the fallen-down between the old graveyard and the new graveyard (with a grant from the Parish Council)

The contractor employed by the Church should be starting back on site again during the week commencing 11th February. The first priority is the wall. Works will of course be weather dependent but hopefully all the works will be done by the beginning of April. The grass can be sown in March or April and hopefully by June it will be ready to open.

In addition we decided to accept commemorative plaques to be affixed to the wall. These will be a prescribed size of 305mm by 225mm and be made of engraved slate. It will be another option for remembrance, and also be available for someone who otherwise wouldn’t qualify to be buried or have their ashes interred in the graveyard – as only church members and residents of the civil parish qualify for that.

It was pleasing to hear that 2 burial plots have already been sold. That means 168 remain. I suspect that once people see the new graveyard there will be more people interested in purchasing a plot while stocks last!.

 

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Meeting of the Loughton Jubilee Graveyard Management Committee

25 11 12 124On Sunday 23rd December 2012, Councillor Kirkman and I attended the 3rd meeting of the new Jubilee Graveyard Committee.

This committee has been formed as a partnership between the Parish Council and All Saints Church to manage the new graveyard.

We discussed the decision of the Parish Council as to the further grant for the project. This was decided at the Parish Council meeting in December. The Council decided to offer a grant of £1,500 towards the cost of rebuilding the wall, plus a further £1,330 which will be loaned and repaid out of future proceeds of the graveyard sales.

We discussed the proposed charges which we have been consulting on:-

 

Right of forthwith interment for a grave of single depth £750

Right of forthwith interment for a grave of double depth £1000

Right of interment during next 30 years for a grave of single depth (ie reservation)  £600

Right of interment during next 30 years for a grave of double depth (ie reservation) £800

Right of forthwith interment of ashes of single depth £300

Right of forthwith interment of ashes of double depth £400

Right of interment during next 30 years of ashes of single depth £240

Right of interment during next 30 years of ashes of double depth £320

Right to install a grave headstone of approved specification £250

Right to install a tablet of approved specification on an ashes plot £100

 

We have so far not received negative comment on these proposals but agreed to consult further.

The Church will seek approval at the Congregation Meeting towards the end of January 2013 to fund a further £2,500 towards the costs of the rebuilding of the wall and the gates between the old churchyard and the new graveyard. We agreed the wording and position off the engraved stone which will be placed in the re-built wall. It will say :-

The Jubilee Graveyard

provided for the residents of Loughton Parish

by Loughton Parish Council and All Saints Church Loughton

2012

Our next meeting will be in early February, by which time the works should be proceeding. The seeding of the grass will follow in March or April as the weather allows. We agreed the arrangements by which sales could start and after the next congregation meeting the first sales can proceed.

We are now nearing the completion of this project which has been a very long time in the making. I am pleased to have been able to give it impetus towards resolution.

 

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The Jubilee graveyard

On Sunday 18th November, I attended the second meeting of the new Jubilee graveyard management committee. In attendance was Councillor Kirkman and the two Churchwardens of All Saints Loughton, David Thom and Roger Blackburn.

We met at my house at Church Farm which is situated next to All Saints after morning service and then carried out a site inspection where the works have been ongoing all last week.

It was a beautiful, cold, crisp and sunny morning with an azure blue sky.

It was good to see progress on the site and the landscape changing. The land between the new extension and the older part has been levelled by the beginnings of the installation of a natural ramp.

There was a wall between the Jubilee graveyard and the older part and part of this had collapsed a long time ago. The contractor has been working on the ruins of that wall. We discussed and agreed investigating how much it would cost to restore that wall as it may be something which the Parish Council could fund by a grant, if affordable. Possibly we could install an engraved stone in the new wall to mark the creation of the Jubilee graveyard. We also looked at the boundary with Pitcher Lane and discussed how best the bank should be planted. We agreed to consult with the MK Council tree officer on the issue.

Returning to the warmth of the house, the meeting continued. We approved a draft allotment licence agreement for the tenant who continues to cultivate the part of the land which presently remains allotment. We had also agreed to consider the question of the charges which would apply for those qualifying for burial in the new graveyard.

We decided to consult on the following :-

Right of forthwith interment for a grave of single depth

£750

Right of forthwith interment for a grave of double depth

£1000

Right of interment during next 30 years for a grave of single depth (ie reservation)

£600

Right of interment during next 30 years for a grave of double depth (ie reservation)

£800

Right of forthwith interment of ashes of single depth

£300

Right of forthwith interment of ashes of double depth

£400

Right of interment during next 30 years of ashes of single depth

£240

Right of interment during next 30 years of ashes of double depth

£320

Right to install a grave headstone of approved specification

£250

Right to install a tablet of approved specification on an ashes plot

£100

These rates are set a bit above the rates applying at the local Crematorium. These rates will be discussed by the congregation meeting at All Saints and by the Parish Council and we will then consider them further in the graveyard management committee. I’d welcome any comments/feedback on the proposed rates via this website too.

Unfortunately it now seems too cold to sow the grass on the site before the winter, so this will now have to wait for the spring. Looking at the quality of the topsoil however, which looks dark and rich, there shouldn’t be a problem in the grass growing once the weather warms up.

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