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Birstall Parish Council

Serving the people of Birstall

Parish Office

Clerk: Sue Coulson
Council Office, Village Hall
Birstall Road, Birstall
LE4 4DH

Greengate Lane Cemetery

The Parish Council maintains the Cemetery situated on Greengate Lane.

The Cemetery Building was refurbished in 2005 to include new toilet facilities and a Sexton's Office. The Building was officially opened by the Mayor of Charnwood, Councillor R Wilson on 9th October 2005.

After receiving requests from the residents of Birstall, the Council agreed in September 2011 to implement a new service to the cemetery called 'The Haven'. This is an area set aside especially for the interments of ash caskets.

There are now four sections in the Cemetery:

1) Graves - for coffin burials (Ashes and Ash Caskets may be interred, but only after a
coffin burial)
2) The Woodland Walk - for the interment of cremated remains only, no Ash Casket
interments are permitted.
3) The Haven - this is for the interment of Ash Caskets.
4) The Glade - this area is set aside for the Scattering of Ashes only, and is the
only service offered to non-residents of Birstall.

If you would like to discuss the above options, availability and criteria, please contact the Council Office.

Cemetery Gates Opening Hours

Summer Opening: The gates are unlocked at 8.00 am and locked at 7.00 pm.

Winter Opening: The gates are unlocked at 8.00 am and locked at dusk.

Burial Fees

Burial Fees

£

Grave Space Purchase/Reserve

£256.25

Interment of Coffin (for the right to inter a body in a grave or vault in respect of which the Exclusive Right of Burial has been granted - including digging costs)- of the body of a still-born child or a child whose age at the time of death did not exceed 2 years

Free of Charge

Interment of Coffin (for the right to inter a body in a grave or vault in respect of which the Exclusive Right of Burial has been granted - including digging costs)- of the body of a child whose age at the time of death exceeded 2 years but did not exceed 12 years.

£220.37

Interment of Coffin (for the right to inter a body in a grave or vault in respect of which the Exclusive Right of Burial has been granted - including digging costs)- of the body of a person whose age at the time of death exceeded 12 years.

£492.00

American Style or large casket /coffin.

£512.50

Soil Removal

£70.00

Interring of Ashes under turf (into existing grave space)

£102.50

Interring of Ash Casket (into existing grave space)

£102.50

Scattering of Ashes - The Glade

£46.12

The Haven Plot (Interment of Ash Caskets only)

£153.75

Woodland Walk Plot (interment of cremated remains only, NO caskets)

£153.75

Interment of Ashes into Woodland Walk Plot & The Haven Plot

£102.50

Administration Fee

£25.00

VAT on Admin Fee

£5.00

All fees are trebled for out of parish interments.

Burial Information & Criteria

Graves

Graves Section

Interment of Birstall residents only will be accepted, or ex-residents who moved away within 7 years at the time of death whereby single fees will apply.

Interment of ex-residents who moved away between 7 and 15 years prior to the date of death will be accepted but treble fees will be applied.

Interment of ex-residents who have not lived in Birstall within 15 years at the time of death will not be accepted for new grave spaces but can go into an existing family grave and treble fees will apply.

Proof must be given of any person not living in Birstall at the date of death that he/she resided in the Parish within the previous 15 years before interment is accepted.

A grave space is for the interment of coffins. Ash Caskets or cremated remains will only be accepted if a coffin has already been interred.

Eco/Cardboard Coffins – will only be accepted if the grave is dug an extra one foot to allow for the insertion of board between two coffins. The cost of the extra digging and board to be met by the families concerned. If families are not prepared to meet the extra costs involved, then the Council will refuse to accept burial in an Eco/Cardboard coffin. American style Casket fees apply to cardboard coffins plus cost of board and extra digging.

All grave spaces will eventually be turfed over by the Council but bulbs etc. may be planted under the turf, however, these may be cut down during the mowing season.

How to reserve a Grave Space...

The same criteria as above applies to reserving a grave space. The Council retains the right to refuse to accept cremated remains in the grave space if it does not comply with the ruling and will cancel reservations of the grave space if the intention is to inter ashes only. If such a situation arises, any fees already paid will not be refunded.

Any grave space reserved remains the property of the Parish Council until such time as they are used for the interment of coffins.

The Woodland Walk

Woodland Walk

The same Interment Criteria applies for the interment of cremated remains as it does for the coffin burials, but also includes the following:

As Casket interments are not permitted, cremated remains are interred directly into the earth.

the black Kerbstone edgings must be purchased from W W Busby Ltd, their contact details are available from the office. A blank kerbstone must be put in place on a reserved plot.

Flowers may only be placed in the integral containers within the kerbstones.

Bushes, shrubs and roses cannot be planted behind the kerbstones, although woodland bulbs and flowers may be planted up to one metre behind the kerbstones.

The Haven

The Haven

The same criteria applies as for Burials, but also includes the following:

This is a newly created area where cremated remains may be interred in Caskets. A particular sized cremation tablet is to be installed on the allocated plot. The cremation tablet may be purchased from a stonemason of your choice, please see dimensions and guidelines below.

Each plot is a double plot and can be used for two interments. the Parish Council realise that the stonemason may take some time to install the cremation tablet, it has therefore been agreed that you may still inter an ash casket before the stonemason has completed his work, upon receipt of a proof of purchase from the Stonemason before the date of the interment.

The cremation memorial tablet cannot exceed 600mm x 600mm x 100mm (MAX). There is a slab already in place on the plot for the stonemason to fix the cremation tablet to.

A blank cremation tablet must be ordered and put in place on reserved plots. Plots can be reserved for £153.75.

Flowers may only be placed in the integral vases on the cremation tablet or laid flat on the stone; any other vases or monuments are not allowed and will be removed by the Sexton. Bushes, shrubs and plants cannot be planted in this area.

The Glade

The Glade

The Glade is a quiet and peaceful woodland area which is set aside purely for the scattering of ashes for both residents and non residents of Birstall.

Caskets are not acceptable, cremated remains are scattered directly onto the earth.

Bushes, shrubs and roses cannot be planted but woodland flowers and bulbs are allowed

It is permissible for the ashes of residents and non-residents of Birstall, however, the fees are trebled for non-residents (those who have lived out of the area for over 7 years) no ornaments, memorial's, wall plaques or vases are permitted in The Glade. all items left in this area will be removed by the sexton.

Memorial Fees

Memorial Fees

£

A Flat stone not exceeding 7'6" x 3'6"

£50.00

A headstone not exceeding 2'9" in height

£50.00

A footstone not exceeding 2'9" in height

£50.00

Kerbstones or border stones enclosing a space not exceeding 7'6" x 3'6". These are not permitted in Sections, G, H, J & K

£50.00

A vase not exceeding 18" in height

£50.00

A tablet on any grave or vault

£50.00

Any other monument not exceeding 2'9" in height and occupying a space not exceeding 7'6" x 3'6"

£50.00

Second/Subsequent Additional Inscriptions

£50.00

ALL FEES ARE TREBLED FOR OUT OF PARISH REQUESTS