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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