THE ST JAMES TOWN CHURCHYARD REGULATIONS ARE SET OUT BELOW
Burials in the Upper Churchyard
Since 2004 burials in new graves have been in the north west corner of the upper churchyard adjacent to Park Lane. In order to comply with the consent for the reuse of this area only Blue Hornton stone is permitted for headstones with a flat or slightly curved top. This is to ensure all new headstones are in keeping with this old area of the churchyard. One hole only is permitted in the base stone for a flower container. The maximum height of headstones allowed above ground including the base slab is 76cms (30ins) and width 54cms (21ins). As from January 2014 this area was completely filled and no new graves are available anywhere in the Town Churchyard at St James.
It is suggested that no memorial be erected for at least twelve months after the burial has taken place to allow for settlement. Wooden crosses are not permitted. Families of the deceased should contact a stonemason at the appropriate time in respect of a headstone. The stonemason will then write to the Priest in Charge with details of the headstone. If the proposal is acceptable consent will then be given in writing.
Artificial flowers are not allowed and no other containers, pots, toys, photographs or decorations are permitted (and may be removed) neither should bushes, shrubs or trees be planted on graves. As soon as the ground has settled after burials the area should be levelled and turfed or seeded with grass to assist mowing.
Burial of ashes after cremation
Cremated ashes may be interred in an existing family grave or in the reserved area in the old part of the upper churchyard on the North side of the church, known as The Garden of Remembrance.
No containers or caskets may be buried in the reserved area; ashes must be interred loose in a dedicated space that can accommodate further family ashes. Engraved stones or plaques are not permitted in this area. The names of those interred in this area are automatically inserted in the Book of Remembrance that is on display in the church.
Where ashes are interred in a family grave it is recommended that inscriptions be added to the existing headstone. The stonemason will consult with the Priest in Charge to obtain permission for any additional wording.
General churchyard information
All enquiries and requests regarding headstones together with information regarding appropriate fees, must be made to the Priest in Charge at the Church Office, 74D Coventry Street, Southam, CV47 0EA telephone 01926 812413.
Details of any deceased person, buried or cremated, may be entered in The Book of Remembrance: application forms for this purpose may be obtained from the Church Office
Flowers should be placed in not more than one container; cut flowers may be laid on the grave BUT must be removed as soon as they appeared withered. Artificial flowers are not allowed except for Remembrance Day poppies and Christmas wreaths, which must be removed within two months.
No glass of any description is permitted, neither are new kerbs or chippings of any kind. Where old memorials or kerbs become broken or dangerous the Parochial Church Council reserves the right to remove these for safety reasons.
PLEASE HELP TO KEEP THE CHURCHYARD TIDY.
PLACE ALL RUBBISH OF ANY KIND
IN THE SKIP OR BINS PROVIDED.
DOGS MUST BE ON LEADS AT ALL TIMES.
PLEASE CLEAN UP AFTER THEM AND
RESPECT THE CHURCHYARD.
St James Parochial Church Council 2015