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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